On being tired and toddler delicacies

If we were to sit down together at a coffee shop, I would probably get a cold ice tea. That isn’t new or unusual, especially if we have had a coffee date before.

You might notice I look tired and ask me about it. I would tell you that I am so tired. However, it is a good tired. It’s like that feeling you get after a really good workout. Or after a day’s work of helping at the homeless shelter, or on a mission trip. It’s a tired feeling, but I am so grateful for it.


I’m tired because I have been awake at 3:00 AM with my little boy.

I’m tired because I have been striving to figure out how I can better love my husband.

I’m tired because it has been only recently that I realized I have been trying to do everything in my own strength rather than surrendering to God.


I’m tired because I’m the one cleaning up poo, baby powder, and other toddler delicacies.

I’m tired because I have been living life well.


I might turn the tables on you, so to speak, and ask how you’ve been doing. What would I say to you? Do you look tired? Excited? Curious? Tell me about you!

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  1. Susan says:

    I am tired, too! However, I don’t have as admirable a reason as you do. I’ve seen you mothering, and you are wonderful. Don’t ever forget, a man plans his way but it is the Lord that directs his steps. Proverbs 16:9

  2. Julie says:

    Tired from a life well lived is the best kind of tired 🙂 And I would probably say I look tired, too. (Recovering from our weekend of camping.)

  3. Melissa D says:

    I’m tired from a sick little girl, the heat, and staying up too late reading. I need to be better about starting my day with devotions…I”m running out of steam by naptime.

  4. Dana says:

    Very sweet blog. A great perspective about a good kind of tired. I feel the same way often and couldn’t imagine my life any other way.

  5. Kristie D. says:

    If you are raising your kids well, it is tiring. It’s worth it though! Keep on keeping on. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you!

    • Beauty for ashes says:

      Thank you kristie, for encouragement on a day I desperately needed it. My motto today, keep on keeping on!

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