As we head into the first full week of May, I just wanted to pause today to say one thing to you: YOU CAN DO IT.

In early May, we’re all at mile 20 in the school-year marathon – so tired, and the finish line isn’t yet in sight. Whether our kids are in public or private school, or are homeschooled, May is tough.

Everybody’s tired. The kids just want to go outside and play all day. Let’s be honest, if you’re like me, YOU want to go outside and play all day.

And on top of that, everything our kids are involved with has some sort of performance or recital or show or gathering or celebration in May – so our calendars are JAMMED full.

I want you to know that you’re not alone in this May-ing. You WILL make through the school year. You will get your kids through because you care about them and their education.

I’ll be honest – I struggle every year in May. The packed calendar, Mother’s Day, my birthday, ballet recitals, school wrap-up, longer days (which means this night-owl stays up later!) – it’s a lot.

This year, I’m doing my best to fight back. It’s not a radical plan I have – just this:

  • Get more rest. Go to bed when I’m tired. Sabbath.
  • Don’t rely on diet Coke or junk food to bridge the gap between the energy I need and the energy I have. It doesn’t really help, and then I actually feel worse.
  • Pray. Meditate. Journal. Not perfectly, but a little more. Take in this oxygen so that I can take care of my people this month.

That’s it.

This is a tough month for families – you’re not alone. Remember this:

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Galatians 6:9