As a homeschooling mother, I am with my children all day long. I am also in charge of pretty much everything around the house, which means there is always something to do, something to clean, something to take care of. Even though I have pretty good patience and I enjoy being in control of our household, it can get tiring sometimes. I am also not the one to ask for a complete break. I might tell my husband that I am going to a store by myself, to which he would often respond "take one of the kids". I might ask my friend to watch the kids when I go to a doctor's appointment. My husband might take the girls to a movie and I am left with the baby a home. All of which I consider "a break". But I rarely ask for a complete break from everything. Part of me feels guilty for taking time off from my family, leaving dishes in the kitchen, leaving the rooms a mess, a mountain of clothes unfolded, or a lesson plan unfinished. It is definitely my personality. But this last Monday, I told my husband that I am going to lunch by myself without him, without any of the kids, including the baby. As soon as the baby went down for a nap, I left. I did not go to the grocery store. I did not go to Target. I did not go to any appointment. I did not call my friends to join me. I went to my favorite Pho noodle place in town with a book to read. I did not feel guilty. I did not even tell myself “I deserve this" to convince myself. I simply enjoyed my time to read a few pages, and eat a hot and steamy bowl of Pho noodle with a ton of vegetables. I felt nourished and rejuvenated. I felt my mind reset. When I went home, I was met with all smiley faces and "mama is back!" And I was able to sincerely appreciate what a wonderful family I have.