Lately I’ve had this feeling that I’m trying to move a huge mountain of sand without letting any slip through my fingers. Life is just so darn overwhelming sometimes. My kids each are at such different stages right now and have such different needs and I feel like I just can’t spread myself thin enough to really “be there” for them no matter what I try. And although Dave is in town I feel like I’ve hardly seen him lately with all the comings and goings. Then there’s the house and the laundry and the carpools and the groceries and photo shoots and the practicing and the blah blah blah blah…I could go on and on. I know every mother feels like this a lot. Sometimes I feel like I can cope and juggle, but lately I’m failing miserably.

So it makes me extra thankful I get to whisk Elle and Lucy off in about fifteen minutes for a five-day trip to Boston and New York. We have been so excited for this trip. I can’t wait to show Elle my old stomping grounds and her namesake, Wellesley College. Of course seeing four of my siblings who live back there is pretty exciting too. And Lucy gets to come too because she’s so cute. (That and I can’t find anyone to leave her with for five days.) We’re hoping the leaves are at the peak in the East.

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  1. Sounds like a great getaway with the girls. It will probably be the best time of the year. Is Max staying with a friend? Have a great time and know that everyone feels like they are trying to move sand with too many gaps in the fingers.

  2. ahh rejuvination! that is going to be so nice for you. relax and just enjoy the “sand” moving around you. sometimes we have to just let life happen around us to keep from feeling inadiquit to do all of the things that need to be done. we can’t do everything even though sometimes we try. you are a great mom and a capeable woman and this time away will get you back on track…if you let it 🙂 be safe and enjoy.

  3. Shawni have so much fun on your trip. Kiley is helping me get going on a blog. Ill need some good tips from you. Your blog is so great! Have a fun time in Boston!

  4. Have a great trip. I am jealous that you get to see the fall colors of the north east, they really are the most amazing site. I hear you on the sand thing, because between family, church, responsibilities and the million other things we do life gets so busy.

  5. You perfectly described how I’ve been feeling lately. For the first time ever I can honestly say that I don’t feel like a good Mom. I feel totally and completely overwhelmed and sometimes don’t even know where to start. I hope you enjoy your trip. I love the East in the fall. You are such an awesome person Shawni and I hope you know what an inspiration you are to me and many others! Have Fun

    Oh, does that mean you won’t be at book club?

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