Who would have ever guessed that I, Anne Kruse, would have time to go out on a beautiful snowy day with my best friend (husband) snow shoeing and laughing away the day? Me, who raised six children, with a husband, often part time jobs, home, extended family and on and on. As much as I enjoyed the years with my children, there were times when I wondered if I'd ever be me again. It is with joy that I tell you, "It won't always be so difficult. Babies do grow up. Children do become adults. If we take care of ourselves, we have a life after children. " Have you ever flown on an airline and watched the emergency instructions given before take off? The flight attendants tell us "always put your own oxygen mask on before assisting others." The same rule applies at home. Always, take care of yourself. As moms we tend to put our needs aside and neglect the most important person, ourselves. Babies take lots of time, but not all of our time. We tend to put our extra time into activities that don't feed our souls and that sap our energy. Maintenance activities such as cleaning, laundry, and paper work will always be on the to-do list. They are a never ending part of the job at home. Other people can do these things for you, but only you can do your exercises, meditate, pray, or take a shower and make yourself beautiful. Learn to put you in priority by eating healthy food, exercising and nourishing your spirit. Learn to ask for help. Learn to do a little at a time. You don't get big chunks of time with small children around. Breaking up any activity into small increments helps tremendously. Don't expect to take a long soaking bath, for instance. Take a shower and be done. Find a hair style and makeup style that is easy but makes you feel good. Do five minutes of exercising four times a day rather than one twenty minute stretch. Your meditation might be just sitting for two minutes and deep breathing a few times a day. It will not always be like this! As the children grow, you will slowly find that there is time for you again. The key is to take care of yourself now so that when the time comes, you can do the things you love. You will be healthy enough to do them!