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Abbey, mom to twinfants and a preschooler, writes about practicing gratitude and celebrating ordinary life. She sings while she runs and loves scones.

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    • ๐Ÿ™‚ Absolutely- I might need to tattoo it on the back of my hand or something, as I can be a bit hard-headed.

  1. Beautiful message! I remember days like this when my kids were younger. The only way I could have gotten through that beautiful mess was with my Savior.

    • A “beautiful mess” is a perfect way of describing it…so often, I think I only see the mess and not the beauty. Thanks for your encouragement!

  2. Lovely post, Abbey. I needed to hear this after a really rough morning with the 4yo. Wouldn’t you think the 5 day old baby and the 19 mo would be the exhausting ones? Whew. Taking a deep breath before going in to ask him to quietly rest during naptime instead of banging around singing the Star Wars theme…:)

    • You know, I think 4 must be a hard age to be. Or maybe it’s just hard to be a mother to a 4 year old. Anyway, I hear you! At least his taste in music is good. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. What a marvelous writer you are and I agree with your preschooler, all of us should try “easier”

  4. Amen! I am right there, as well. Praise God that in those weak moments, He is strong.

    Thanks for sharing!:)

    • It’s always amazing to me when our little ones say things that are truly profound. One would think I’d get used to being surprised by the deep things that come out of my son’s mouth, but I never do. And yes, when we get out of the way and stop spinning our wheels with so much EFFORT, it is clear that Jesus wants us to rest in Him. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Oh, just the photo at the top makes me feel not alone and in-couraged (and I know I won’t be able on that one!!) – even before I started reading! ๐Ÿ™‚ As well as verse about His grace, the concept of “trying a little easier” is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing that, and God bless you with abundant ‘easier’ grace!! ๐Ÿ™‚ XX

  6. So sorry – resending that comment as I spotted a late night (here in the UK!) typo in the first line!! Here it is, amended (so sorry!!) ๐Ÿ™‚

    Oh, just the photo at the top makes me feel not alone and in-couraged (and I know I wonโ€™t be alone on that one!!) โ€“ even before I started reading! ๐Ÿ™‚ As well as verse about His grace, the concept of โ€œtrying a little easierโ€ is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing that, and God bless you with abundant โ€˜easierโ€™ grace!! ๐Ÿ™‚ XX

  7. I’m sorry but I couldn’t help but laugh, I know at the time it sure don’t seem funny when everyone is pulling you in every direction. For all you mom out their raising kids in christain home I applaud you.

    • You know, you’re on to something there…sometimes laughing is better than crying when things get really thick!

  8. Thank you for your very honest look at motherhood. I sure remember the days when my girls were young and everybody wanted something. I think your little guy is a genious though! I am pasting his idea on my wall at work. “work easier”

    God bless you as you do a little less today (I hope)

    • Thanks, Lina- it really is good advice. I wish I had thought of it myself. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. I can only imagine what it feels like to have oodles to do & little time, while people demanding stuff from you.

    I, too, can get a little irritated at people and situations. Maybe I just need to “try a little easier” and pray about situations.

    Thanks for a great post!

    • Thanks, Beth…I think all of us probably try too hard sometimes when we are trying to rely only on our own strength to face what’s in front of us. Why is it so difficult to rest in God’s grace and trust His strength instead of our own?

  10. Abbey, my friend — so great to see you here! I love this post and am amazed by your little guy’s wisdom. Good to recall our finite-ness. How we CANNOT be everything that is needed. Why is it that we know that (too well) and yet keep trying to live like it’s not true? Anyway, thank you so much for these words from your boy and your wise reflections in turn. And that sink? Looks about like mine right now.

  11. Thank you for sharing this post. Your son is wise beyond his years…totally going to come up with a way to display/post “try easier” in my house as a visual reminder to myself.