As I've whined about said before, summers are hard for me. With my husband working long hours on the farm, it is easy to get lost in the overwhelming tasks of being a mom and wonder why I do it all. I was worn thin physically and mentally.
Every year, we try to go away for my birthday at the end of September. It is a nice end to the summer and a much needed rest for all of us. We've always taken Emma with us and haven't actually had a night away from her since she was born. Well, we were not with her the night I was in the hospital after birthing Mandy, but I really don't count that as a restful break. When my kind husband asked me what I wanted for my birthday (tomorrow), I said, "Some time away without my children!" He made it happen and we were able to schedule time for 2 nights at the beach. Thanks to my parents for watching the girls and to Jeff's mom for finding a place at the World Mark in Ocean Park, WA.