I want to live a life that I don’t need a vacation from.
I first heard that quote by Rob Hill, Sr. a while ago and it has resonated with me ever since. As I look back on my life, it is true. No one should live a life they need a vacation from.
In 2007, after seven years of marriage, my husband and I decided we should separate. I thought the time apart would be brief and allow me to figure out where we were failing and re-commit to our relationship. He thought that the separation would allow him to find a woman who could love him better than I did. And he did.
I was devastated.
Six months after the separation, I quit my job, put all of our furniture in storage, and embarked on a 6-week road trip across the U.S. with the kids in order to think things through.
That road trip taught me to abandon the life that I thought I should have and embrace that life I do have.
When we returned to Texas, I decided not to work full-time, instead opting to pursue part-time opportunities that would allow me to be more available to kids, who were 5, 6, and 7 at the time. Since then, I’ve worked part-time and I’ve worked full-time. The kids have attended private school, public school, charter school, and home school. We’ve dealt with epilepsy, cancer, sprained ankles, allergic reactions, numerous colds, and the flu.
Some days I still struggle with achieving a work/life/family balance.
My Life With Him and Them encourages and inspires moms — especially single moms — wherever they are on life’s journey. Each day, through this blog, through my love of photography, my commitment to writing, and my willingness to give back to my community I’m giving my best shot in life. And hopefully, I’m encouraging others to do it along the way.
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