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I think we all long for control. And as moms, we all long for that special formula that will give us the results we so long for. The little years are exhausting (can I get an amen?), but there is something in them that eases my tired heart: control. For now, I can control their environment. I can make sure they are safe to learn, play, and grow. For now, their poor choices are easily corrected with a time out, discussion, and hug. For now, I can keep them from bad company and distract them from poor role models. For now, so much of their existence is within my control. But I fully know as time passes on the day is coming when they will exercise their own free will. And that is scary because I can’t control it.

Motherhood

March 4, 2016

Formulas belong in math, not parenting

Confession: I think birthday cakes are scary. In my eyes, they are a whole lotta pressure masquerading in a shell of sweet innocence. I don’t mind eating cake mind you, but making them is a different story. No one wants to botch their kid’s birthday cake, and if you’re lacking in the artistic talent to make it Pinterest-able, the pressure is on momma . . . the pressure is on.

Motherhood

February 22, 2016

On birthdays, mom fears, and stepping up the mom game

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Motherhood can feel so very “blah”. And as the days and nights go on and on, it’s so easy to believe the lie that what we are doing in this moment doesn’t matter. That our everyday lives–these tasks we complete, the small sacrifices we make, the love we extend–will never impact the world . . . but the truth is your life matters. It matters so much!

Motherhood

November 2, 2015

Why the Everyday Matters

You may not know this, but I am a firstborn–the firstborn of nine children to be exact. And as such, I tend to like rules and definitions. I love things defined so I know what’s expected of me. It bothers me when things aren’t clear and defined–and shifting definitions really, really bother me. One of those phrases whose definition seems to shift frequently is “embracing the gift of motherhood”. Have you noticed it too? It shifts and morphs; and worse than that, it’s often used solely to demean and manipulate a mother. You know the line . . . “If you would just embrace the gift of motherhood . . . “

Not going to lie here, when I hear the phrase I feel a bit like Buddy in the movie Elf, “What’s a Christmas Gram? I want one!” Yeah, just picture me over here jumping up and down, clapping, and exclaiming “What’s the gift of motherhood? I want one!”

Motherhood

July 27, 2015

Embracing the Gift of Motherhood

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The house was still and quiet. We had finally finished evening chores, put the boys to bed, and my hubby and I had just sat down in the living room. Before too long, we heard the tell tale pitter-patter of little feet coming down the hallway. “Momma, I want to snuggle.”

Sigh. It was bedtime, we told him not to get up. I tried to rationalize with him.

Motherhood

July 21, 2015

Grace and Parenting

The other week I had a really bad day. The kind you call up your hubby and ask for prayers because you aren’t sure you’ll get through the day {a child throwing tantrums and wailing over everything will do that to you}. And by the end of the day, you’ve threatened to hand him a […]

Motherhood

July 13, 2015

When Motherhood gets Messy

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I used to be cool, back in the day. You know, back when I worked at a library {this now qualifies as cool because it was quiet there 😉 and now ya’ll want a job at a library!}, when we owned an SUV, and we had high-speed, unlimited internet {complete with Netflix}. And now, I’m […]

Motherhood

June 29, 2015

Confessions of a SAHM: I’m an Internet Hoarder

Gidget has had a few days here recently in which he just hasn’t listened to a word I say. Which in turn means that I’ve been repeating myself endlessly in the vain hope that he will start listening {it’s a viscous cycle, isn’t it?}. So after the up-teenth time of telling him to put his […]

Motherhood

June 22, 2015

15 Things I’ve Told my Son {and you’ve probably told yours too}

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As my boys continue to grow, there is this one little thing that bothers me . . . a lot. It’s this thing called “the terrible twos”. You know what I’m talking about. In my opinion, you really can’t have the title of mom and not have been warned at some point or another about […]

Motherhood

June 15, 2015

The Twos aren’t Terrible

It’s true,  I haven’t lost the baby weight. I’ve been carrying it around for awhile now, really ever since I saw those two pink lines on that plastic stick. It has been a heavy burden to carry. It weighs me down, keeps me up at night, causes stress, and keeps my mind occupied with a […]

Motherhood

May 4, 2015

I Haven’t Lost the Baby Weight

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