Lake Days

I am 100% stealing this blog post title from another blogger I follow, but it truly sums up our week so far. We have been soaking up all of the lake time possible, and it’s been the best summer routine yet! Full time mom life is feeling good lately:)

On Monday I decided to bring James to one of my favorite childhood places, a Yacht Club on the lake with a perfect sandy beach and swimming area, along with all kinds of other places to explore. Going to Willowbank with James brings back so many fun memories with friends and family from all of the summers that I spent swimming, sailing, and running all over the grounds playing hide and seek, capture the flag, cops and robbers, etc. Hello, childhood!

Unlike some other beaches I’ve taken James to this summer, this one feels manageable for me and toddler. It’s small enough that you aren’t running back and forth trying to keep track of your stuff on top of chasing after your child, toys are provided which lightens the load, and in general I am really familiar with the space and I feel comfortable there which makes a huge difference.

I’ve said this once and I’ll probably say it a million more times before the summer is over, but how in the world do people survive winter with young children? The beach is just so much fun and also exhausting, James has been absolutely wiped every afternoon and taking the best naps. This has been nice for me because I am also just as tired after our water filled mornings and it gives me a chance to relax a bit and catch up on chores.

I should probably stop worrying about the upcoming months and just embrace what we’ve got for now. If you’re looking for us, we’ll be at the lake! Josiah had Tuesday off which is why he is featured in a lot of these photos (hey love!), and as you can tell, we were back at the lake for another day of water fun!

I have been wrestling with my goal-driven, need-to-stay busy self about mom life lately and always fighting the feeling that I need to be doing more, usually in the sense of finding some kind of job outside of motherhood. But then there are days like these where I feel so incredibly lucky to be home with James (and Josiah) enjoying all kinds of summer fun. It makes me want to hold onto these moments forever and not change a thing. Any other moms feel me on this?

People always tell me that the time goes by too quickly, so I am going to do my best to embrace each day that I get with James and his tiny little mind and body, and cut myself a break on the “you’re not doing enough” self talk. Easier said than done.

On a totally separate note, I feel like my posts have been so lifestyle focused that I haven’t even touched base with mental health or anything faith related recently. I definitely want to get back to these topics and check in with you guys on some deeper stuff, but I also feel like those posts require a lot more time and mental energy which have just felt limited lately. All of this to say, I have not dropped the ball on mental health or my faith, I just haven’t been as vocal about these areas recently.

I still have no idea where this blog is going or if I plan to do this long term, but isn’t that just life these days? If you’re feeling just as lost, I’m with ya!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today and reading through my rambling! Have a great day 🙂


Hi I'm Rae and I am a pastor's wife and mom to our one year old son James. I recently started blogging as a way to share my recovery journey from an eating disorder, as well as married life, motherhood, food, and faith. Hop along for the ride, I’m glad you’re here!

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