This one is for all the mothers who feel insecure. The mothers who don’t know how to balance their need for quiet with the sound of children. The mothers who mourn their loss of freedom and the mothers who don’t know how to do it.

The mothers who love their children deeply but who may not always like motherhood. The mother who quietly cries in the shower and find relief in the lock on the bathroom door.

I see you. I get it. I’m one of you.

I love my children more than anything or anyone. I wouldn’t trade this life for the world. But there are moments and days when I struggle. Where I’m relieved to be a co-parent and have days without childcare.

Parenting isn’t an easy job. It takes a lot.

I hope that this Mother’s Day provides you with a breath of air, and the courage and capacity to take a bit of time off now and then. You need it, that but of self-care. And when you take care of yourself, there’s so much more to give.

The photo is of me with blue egg salad my Little Pirate made me for lunch. The girls showered me with homemade gifts, treats, and poems full of love and hearts.