Let It Be Enough

Reading, guitar playing, baking, napping, Pandora, Downton Abbey…..just a few of the things that help me keep the crazies away. It’s been 38 days in the woods this time around. It’s taken time and effort to build up the mental strength to be able to stay this long without a visit out, especially during winter.

With two bigger boys, this winter has been much easier to keep them distracted and busy. They are officially in the “brother” stage. One minute they’re laughing hysterically, the next minute I hear smacking and screaming. Serenity now!

Solo cup shooting ranges, play sand, bubble blowing in T-Rex costumes, swinging, sledding, and napping. A few of the ways the boys keep the crazies away.

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While the rest of the state has been pounded with blizzards, we have been getting a few inches at a time. Quite different than last year. The snow has been able to build up a nice crust and our sledding spots have been awesome.

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Our life is the definition of simple. We’re living life similar to other families, but we’re doing it away from civilization. While I feel so blessed to be able to stay home with my boys, after 38 days spent together, some days it’s easy to crave other company. No play dates, no family dinners, no restaurants, no movie theaters, no sporting events. It’s just us! In those moments when I feel myself wishing I had the option to visit a friend, to have dinner with my extended family, to go to a basketball game, to go see a movie or go on a date with my husband….I hear a voice in my head saying, “let it be enough”.

Let today be enough. Let it be enough that I get to watch my boys play their own basketball game in our messy living room. Let it be enough that I get to watch a new Pay Per View movie (yep, we get Direct TV up here in the boonies!) with a bowl of popcorn and my husband by my side. Let it be enough that I get to have them completely to myself during this time.

It won’t last forever, friends. Let today be enough.

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Rianne Ackley

About Rianne Ackley

I grew up in Downeast Maine but have recently relocated to the North Woods. I live in Clayton Lake where I am a stay at home Mom to two beautifully wild little boys and wife to a Maine State Game Warden. I am a lover of the simple things in life...a good book, a song, a rainy day, a bowl of white popcorn, etc. I have a slight obsession with all things food. Love cooking it, eating it, looking at it, smelling it, reading about it, etc. I am a firm believer that life is what you make it.