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Five Favorite Things About May

April showers, bring May flowers. What do May flowers bring? The FishMama Trifecta, and then some. 

5 Favorite Things About May | Life as Mom

2017 is just whipping past. Are we already one week into May?! How did that happen?

Five Favorite Things is a game I created several years ago to play with my littles at bedtime. We lie in the dark and I ask them questions.

What’s your favorite ice cream?

What’s your favorite book?

What’s your favorite place to visit?

I learn so much about my kids and their interests and what makes them tick. I’m often surprised by their answers. Clearly, having six children provides plenty of surprises. I’m so thankful for those quiet moments in the dark to learn more about them, free from distractions.

I thought it would be fun to bring Five Favorite Things to the blog! Each week or so, I’m sharing five favorite things that help different areas of my life as Mom. You can read past Five Favorite Things here.

This week, let’s talk about May. May is just about my favorite month. This May is particularly fun and exciting. You’ll see why in a minute…

5 Favorite Things About May

5 Favorite Things About May | Life as Mom

1. Our anniversary

This year marks our 23rd wedding anniversary. I think that we are “officially an old married couple”.

I remember my 23rd year very fondly. It’s not “special” like 20 (or 21 if you want to drink) or 25; there are no big expectations. Instead, you’re just able to enjoy the number.

The same holds true for our marriage. We have expectations, surely, but there is no pressure to make year 23 or 24 more than what it is: doing life together, hacking our way through the jungle.

2. Mother’s Day

We got married the day before Mother’s Day. We didn’t have many dates to choose from to get the church we wanted, so we wouldn’t have planned much differently. But, it didn’t dawn on us then that someday I might be a mother and we’d have back-to-back holidays.

This year our anniversary and Mother’s Day fall on the exact same date. I don’t think that’s ever happened!

3. My birthday

Yes, you can see a pattern in our foresight, can’t you. My birthday, Mother’s Day, and our anniversary all fall within the same 2-week period. I call it the FishMama Trifecta.

Ha! My husband says, “What were you talking about no big expectations?”

I’m getting better (I think) about adjusting expectations. If I can just chill without too many expectations on ME — and I get to eat what I want — I’m content.

For the record, I’ll be 45, and I feel pretty good about it. Over the last year, I’ve learned to draw boundaries for myself in certain areas that have contributed to better mental health. I’m doing physical therapy to help my weak back and core muscles. And we’re going on a big adventure. Life’s not perfect, but I really have no room to complain.

5 Favorite Things About May | Life as Mom

4. The end of the school year

I always start the school year really really strong and then somewhere along the line I lose steam. And so it is again this year. I’m exhausted. I wasn’t as good a teacher as I wish I had been.

This year we tried lots of new things, including hosting a small group co-op, attending a larger group co-op, and joining Community Bible Study. Said activity also exposed us to every germ under the sun. Thank you, germy homeschoolers. Sigh. But, there were LOTS of benefits in amid the public health issues.

Not just that — one kid did well on his SATs; another learned to read independently; a third has developed a love for Shakespeare. The other two? They can read and write and do science and memorize facts. So, we’ll call it good, and start again in a couple months.

5. Our Great Britain road trip

We are heading out at the end of the month for an epic road trip all over Great Britain. We won’t see everything, but we’re going to see A LOT. I wish I had another month to plan, but I don’t. Considering that up until the end of January we were planning on visiting Ireland, I’ve done a lot of quick thinking — and booking of reservations!

I also have some mad Amazon shopping skills. Here’s a list of things I’ve slowly acquired in the hopes of us being prepared overseas. (This post contains affiliate links. When you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in advertising fees. Thanks for your support!)

I’m hoping that I’ll have wifi connections and brain cells in order to report live either here or via Facebook. We shall see. As my husband has phrased it, “I don’t want anyone to get sick. I don’t want us to get blown up. And I don’t want us to have a car crash.” Amen. Your prayers to that effect are appreciated!

What are YOUR favorite things about May?

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  1. Courtney says:

    I love your last paragraph for number four. Sometimes there aren’t big, epic things we accomplish wilth homeschooling. We’re finishing up this week (happy dance, here!!!!) and moving to another state over Mother’s Day weekend so I’m just glad we made it through!

  2. I have the same trifecta as you. Married on 11th (20 years …man that was quick), Mother’s Day and my birthday is on the 18th. My mom warned me to spread it out but my 22 year old self didn’t listen :). I have to say May is one of my favorite months too! Happy Everything! Enjoy your trip…it sounds like so much fun!

  3. My birthday and Mother’s Day and the Strawberry Festival 5K! This year they march along one day after the next (not quite in the order listed, since Mother’s Day is Sunday). Next weekend is going to be big!

  4. My favorite things about me are the gorgeous weather – perfect for lots of outside time before it gets too blazing hot in Oklahoma, celebrating my son’s birthday (he’ll be 4 this year), and all the extra activities winding down.

    Can’t wait to follow your trip! Someday I’d love to take my family on a trip to Europe and a trip to Peru to visit a friend who’s a missionary in Lima.

  5. I just looked at your shopping list. The waterproof jackets are great. I will say the last month or so we have not had much rain. About driving on the other side — you go with the flow except the challenge is the perspective on the left side is a bit off — watch the wing mirrors (side mirrors). Have fun at the roundabouts. If you want any input or ideas for your trip, just get in touch.

  6. Happy Anniversary! We got married ON Mother’s Day in 1994! At the time, we never thought about the fact that our anniversary and Mother’s Day would overlap many times in the future either. We were just looking for a day to get married! 🙂 May is my favorite month!

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