Moms And The Journey

Mother’s Day is here and it is a bittersweet day.  The day to really reflect on our journey as moms.  Maybe reflect on our childhood and our mothers. Take a look at our relationships with our moms or the relationships we have with our own children.  This is a day that I embrace and look forward to on one hand as I get to wake with my kids {as everyday, only today the energy in the house is somewhat giddy and exciting}  but on the other hand, I am filled with sadness and loss from my own relationship with my mother.

Of course everyday is a gift that I am able to spend with my children.  I am the stay home mom, the keeper of the home, the queen of laundry,  the task master and activities director.  This day though has a special “sparkle” to it.  It just screams happiness, giggles, laughing, playing, love, fun, taking time away from the stresses of life and just being a kid with our kids.

You know as Girl Scouts we earn badges, well we as Moms earn our “mommy badges”.

  • Best storybook readers
  • Hand holders
  • Tear wipers
  • Runny Nose Wipers {our own sleeves make the best tissue}
  • Homework Helpers
  • Field Trip Drivers
  • Team Moms
  • PTO Board Members
  • Listeners
  • Advice Givers

  • Huggers
  • Protectors
  • Party Planners
  • Shopping Partners
  • Snuggle Buddies
  • Game Board Gurus
  • Wii Dance Partners
  • Pancake Makers

  • Peanut Butter Sandwich Makers
  • Fixers of anything broken
  • Fish Flushers
  • Hamster Burriers
  • Personal Friends of Santa
  • Referre
  • Rule Enforcer
  • Best Friend
  • Biggest Supporter

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The list goes on and on.  I am so amazed when I look at my children and see how they are growing to be such great people.  Smart, kind, happy, friendly, polite, loving {even towards each other}, respectful, talented.  With two still in the house, I catch myself missing our oldest {now 21} and off in college. I catch myself constantly phoning him with the latest updates of his brother and sister.  OR having to “text” something just to get his attention.   Kids these days.

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The years go by so quickly and as cliche as that is, it is true.  A day does not go by that I don’t find myself just sitting and watching my kids.  Just a quiet moment and taking them in.  Somewhat like a wedding day, as it goes so quick.   The same with raising our children, if we get so caught up in work, life, emails, texts, technology, just everyday “business”, the moments will be gone and they will be grown.  Do we live a simple life? Do we live within our means? It is a choice that we have made so our children do have the traditional family.  Maybe it is not the norm as much these days for moms to wake and make a breakfast before school, pack lunches from home, are even there to pick up from school and have snacks at home.  DO I love the fact that we do have “family’ dinner each night? Of course!

I want to be the mom who plays with them and sings off key and dances horribly.  That’s okay, because I am giving my kids memories and they are giving me mine.  I don’t think there is much of a stronger bond and love than that of a mother.  A mother’s love is unconditional {as it should be}.  Though this is not always the case.

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I know the kind of mother I want to be.  I know the role model I want to be for my children.  I know the grace I want to show them.  I know the laughter I want to share with them.  I know all the many many hugs I want to give them in life.  I know the respect I want us to have for one another.  I know the communication I want to keep open with them even as they grow into teens and older.  I know that I could never love anything more in life than my children.  I do however need to add the hubby into the mix, without him our family would not be us.

To all you Moms out there, have the most wonderful day and embrace every moment.  Be grateful to God for our blessings and hold them tight. ♥







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  1. Great post! So often I too find myself looking at my kids with amazement. The mommy badge is my proudest accomplishment!

  2. This is a lovely post, your lists are perfect! I am so lucky to still have my Mom (age 87) and a wonderful relationship with her, although she lives a couple flights away! My daughter is now grown, but she is a huge part of our lives, and we have fun now on our running journey that she initiated 2 1/2 years ago. Happy Mother’s Day to you and have a wonderful day.

  3. Love this! My kids are just about to turn 3 and it’s been the best 3 years of my life. They’ve brought so much more joy, love, and frustrations (!) to our lives. Much more than I ever thought!

  4. So sweet. I’m thankful to be a mom, and have learned so much about myself in the process. It’s an incredibly awarding role!

  5. Happy Mother’s Day! :0)

  6. Beautiful post and beautiful family! Happy Mother’s Day!

  7. Happy Mother’s day! Great post!! All mothers are not created equal, we can only do better!!

  8. Such a beautiful post and such a beautiful family. Hope you had a great mothers day

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