I'm a Weary (Outdoor) Mama....

I’m a Weary (Outdoor) Mama….

I shouldn’t say that word: WEARY.

It’s taboo and looked down upon by everyone around us really. You may be tired and desperate for a rest, but don’t you dare admit it.

Women are supposed to be strong, invincible, ready and able to tackle it all. And moms – you better have it all figured out!

At least that is what the voices in my headย keep telling me.


But, I am tired.

I'm a Weary (Outdoor) Mama....

Tired of 24 hour days solo parenting while my husband works hard fighting fires (which I whole-heartedly support, by the way).

Tired of making meals and thinking of meals and making sure we are eating healthy for our bodies, minds and souls.

Tired of 2.5 year old tantrums (which, by the way, tend to be really bad until at least the age of 3.5….).

Tired of poop explosions in the library (which has happened twice now) and literally double woman-handling multiple unhappy kids in public places.


Tired of going drastically between feeling completely overwhelmed to at peace and in awe of my life and the gifts I have been given.


Tired of planning our days (or not) and fitting it in and meeting so many needs.

Tired of multitasking.

Really, really tired of multitasking. I’m good at it, but I do it all day long and it makes me weary.

I'm a Weary (Outdoor) Mama....

There’s a light at the end of the tunnel….I think. But, then again, the fire season is always incredibly unpredictable.

There’s road trips planned. Camping trips ready to go at a day’s notice. Bucket lists for the fall (which is such a great season around here).

Adventures. As a family. All of us.

No 1 on 4 for the whole day. Because those adventures fill my soul, but also makes me give so many prayers for the families that are solo parenting all the time. Because, it’s TOUGH!

I'm a Weary (Outdoor) Mama....

I’m also tired of people questioning how I could possibly handle it (“it” being LIFE!) all with four.

These minis are my people, my flock, my posse, my team. It may take all of me, all the time, but that also gives me strength and love and more life lessons than I ever thought I needed.


But, oh how I yearn for fall and a more predictable pace. And oh how I am thankful that we homeschooling this year so we can plan adventures beyond the constraints of the summer months (more on that later…)


For now I am dreaming of fall backpacking, winter skiing and stays in the cabin and camper and tent and the simple life that breathes fresh balance into our souls…..

And reading a book in the evening.

And putting the phone down and staying off the computer and sort of letting things go a bit…..and even journaling.

And eating dark chocolate.


Tell me – what are YOU planning for the next few months? I love to be inspired by you!

I'm a Weary (Outdoor) Mama....

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10 thoughts on “I’m a Weary (Outdoor) Mama….”

  1. Yes! My husband is here, though working constantly, and I still feel weary (and completely blessed at the same time!). Thank you to you and your husband for fighting the fires, we had one nine miles away and it was inspiring and a little intimidating with all those tents so close to home.

  2. Bless you and your husband! My cousin is a kings hotshot, and the pictures he send back give me chills! I can not imagine having that worry in the back of my mind. I am in awe of your strength. My husband ends up working 6 to 7 days a week, nothing dangerous, just long hours away from home. My son and I go on mini adventures at least every other week. The joy of homeschooling:) but we are really looking forward to some fall camping this year. Our plan is to seek out some spots in Northern California, and to visit the Redwood Basin above Santa Cruz again. Hopefully we will be able to get fire permits in California later in the season if we get some rain.

  3. When my husband works late, and my 15 year old (yes…even then) is having a meltdown over homework on the second day of the school year, I think back to the adventures I have had while geocaching. Just the other day was an EPIC one! My 4.5 year old daughter spent 4 hours exploring a nature park and trails. We built a snowman out of puffball mushrooms, made some nature art along the trails, I watched her climb INSIDE a stump, we played with toads, she played the drums on a mushroom, and we saw some other amazing mushrooms that day. Life is hard, but it’s moments that that day that I am so thankful for the life that I have. Big shout out to my honey who works hard to make it possible to stay at home with all 3 kids (17, almost 15, and 4.5). Bigger shout out to all the single parents out there too. Some days are harder than others but you just gotta get through them and remember the special days in between! Love your posts and stories. Keep them coming and keep inspiring everyone to get outside with their families!

    1. You know – that is one thing we have never really dappled much into (geocaching.) And yes, shout out to all spouses who work hard to keep a parent at home AND single parents….not an easy road!

  4. Oh, I feel for you! I, too, get tired of hearing that I have my hands full (with 3). They’re full of love! And yes, so much multi-tasking and making food and wiping bums, and making food, and … You really seem to be such a good, strong mama. I constantly admire your drive to get out and about. Deep breaths until you get chance for a break! I hope that is soon.

    Now that my husband is in school, I’m doing more solo parenting, but I’m looking forward to MY break next weekend when I hike in the Grand Canyon with my lady friends. I’m hoping it will refill my tank of mama patience. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I can’t even imagine how hard it is being a parent. Especially of 4. Especially alone at times. I can barely keep my own crap together! ๐Ÿ™‚ I think there is something healing about admitting it though and admire you for your honesty.

    On another note: I fought fires for a couple of seasons so I know how exhausting that is. It’s nearing the end of the summer so your hubby is probably growing weary too ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I love this post! So weary and so blessed! Thanks so much to you and your husband and kids for the sacrifice you make as a family to fight forest fires! We just got back from a camping adventure….mountain biking in Pisgah National Forest and Dupont! (kids rode too ๐Ÿ™‚ !!!) And canoed Fontana Lake and explored the Cradle of Forestry and talked a bunch about forest fires and bears! So fun to camp for 10 days and hard to return to “normal” life. We are also homeschooling and so happy for our adventures to come. Looking forward to hiking in our national park by home! (Cuyahoga Valley National Park). And to some fall windsurfing and cyclocross racing!

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