MOM-HOOD: Eden Lee

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Welcome to our best blog series, Mom-hood! I am so excited to share the advice, encouragement, and stories of some amazing moms with you. Every guest blogger is not only a mother, but a business-savvy individual who is raising their tribe the best way they know how. I hope this series is not only relatable and inspiring, but offers comfort in knowing that every mother doesn't have it all figured out, and we're all just doing the best we can with what we're given! Thank you so much, Eden for sharing with us your thoughts and feelings. I know I can certainly relate to a lot of this on my journey through parenting and I know our readers will, too. Xx Adrianne

Finding Time by Eden Lee

I was so excited when Little Adi Co. Asked me to guest blog for them. I felt beyond honored because although I have A LOT to say.. always.. I sometimes don't know if anyone really cares what comes out my always babbling, talkative, little mouth!
I've had so much on my mind the past few weeks and I've been scrambling for words that will adequately describe what I've been feeling. But here's what I've got.. 

I have a three year old son and twin one year old boys. So as you can imagine my day to day life is pretty chaotic. But I love it. LOOOVE it. I am all for the craziness. The messes, boogers, dirt, the ninja fighting boys.. it is what I always dreamed my life would be like. But of course I get frustrated. I am not perfect and I lose my temper sometimes. I cry over spilled juice and broken dinner plates and I occasionally lock myself in the bathroom for a moment of quite to regroup. Motherhood! 

I have found, though, that the times I get the most frustrated are when I am in a hurry. When I have to make a deadline.. go to an appointment.. send important emails.. or hurry out the door. The thing these all have in common is TIME. It is all about time. 
When did our world get so fast? We speed from one place to the next. Phone calls, texts, emails, are answered within minutes.. although that's quite nice when I forget an item on my grocery list and quickly text it to my husband! But overall I am quite stunned with how I have completely fallen into this time trap where everything I do is on a stopwatch and I am thinking about my next move.

This really has been on my mind lately and what I've come to realize is... This life is NOT a race. It's not! I decided to give that simple sentence a test and slow down and I can't even begin to explain to you how much happier I have been.

I took my boys to the mall to see the Easter Bunny the other day. Mr. Easter Bunny was suppose to be there at 1:30. But when we got there, there was a sign that said he'd be back at 2:00. So I took a deep breath and decided we would just walk around for a little. 2:00 came and the sign now said 2:30.. I could feel myself starting to get frustrated. But I quickly reminded myself.. This life is not a race. I put this saying into play and just enjoyed my time with my boys. And when Mr. Easter Bunny finally showed up my oldest was SO excited and it made the waiting worth it. After we saw him it was well past nap time. The twins were crying and I bolted out of the mall heading straight for the car. As we were in the parking lot I turned around to see my three year old slowly walking, way far behind me, kicking a rock he'd found. I once again felt that frustration start to creep up and was about to yelled at him to hurry and get in the car.. But I stopped myself... This life is not a race. I watched as he ever so carefully kicked that rock step after step. I tried to save the image of his little hands in his pockets, his backwards hat, and his sweet expressions when his kick was just how he wanted. I instantly felt my life slow down and I felt an overwhelming feeling of love. One day my kids won't be caught dead going to the mall with their Mom. So why rush this moment.

I remind myself "This life is not a race" every morning and every night. I have been able to enjoy the little things so much better now. Sometimes appointments are missed and my To Do list is put off until the next day, But I am living in the now.. slowing down and soaking up this time with my little family. Enjoy the beautiful, sometimes bumpy ride. Because one day you will look back and say... How did that go by so fast...

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  • Our Family World on

    I love the message you conveyed in this post. Motherhood has a lot of challenges but as you said, enjoy the moment because they will be kids for only a short time.

  • Seattle Travel Blogger on

    This looks like such a cool post to share with my sister-in-law.
    She has four little boys and loves being a mom!

  • Toni | Boulder Locavore on

    Thanks for sharing a part of you with us! I love reading mom stories. So inspiring and very relatable!

  • Theresa on

    I love your approach to slowing down and just enjoying life as it comes. The kids grow so quickly (mine is off to college in a few short months) you’re really going to miss the chaos the littles bring to each day when you realize how quickly the years flew by after they are grown and gone.

  • Liz Mays on

    Reminding yourself not to rush everything is a good strategy to stay present. It’s easy to forget to enjoy the ride!



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