Parenting

Mother’s Day can be such a tricky day. There are just so many scenarios to be joyful and sad for.

As I celebrate my 6th Mother’s Day without my own mother, I woke this morning with tears in my eyes but reflecting on the lifelong journey that my mother has set me on. Being a mother is the most difficult yet rewarding path that she set me on even though back in the day I was sure it was the AP classes she made me take, and the day she left me at college sitting in a dorm room all alone.

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As I come in contact with women daily who don’t have children of their own but constantly look after and mother children that are not biologically theirs I see that motherhood indeed has nothing to do with birthing your own children but everything to do with a kind, loving and sacrificial heart.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you who are mothering, whether it be in our communities, classrooms, and homes. You are appreciated. To those who have lost, are trying and have given up, Mother’s Day wishes to you as well. It takes a village and a special person to want to undertake the enormous responsibilities involved in raising productive children that later become responsible adults. You all have my love.

I created a little Flipagram of my motherhood journey for fun. Looking at these pictures reminded me that I am only 8 years in but becoming a mother has certainly been my greatest accomplishment two times over!

When we have children, maybe I’ll speak for myself.

When I had children I just couldn’t wait for them to get of age to get involved in extracurricular activities. Piano lessons, sports, dance lessons etc. I wanted my children to be just as involved and well rounded as I was growing up.  I surely wasn’t thinking about  the logistics required to have two children involved in multiple activities. Every day of the week we are gone and don’t mention the weekends. Saturdays start early and end late.

The baby is taking her first foray into sports and is playing Tee Ball this year. Talk about something hilarious. Either everyone is running for the ball, including members of the batting team or my child is pointing at the ball as it rolls by. Baseball

Moments in the dug out are spend socializing, not at all paying attention to the game.

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I will say she will get out there and give that ball a real whack….with her Hello Kitty bat that I had to go to 3 Targets to find. Anything for my baby. She’ll run as well, maybe not to the correct base but those little legs move.

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I am a fan of children playing sports because it teaches them sportsmanship. She has to learn that every time won’t be her turn. Remember those days of being impatient because you wanted it to be your turn. She’s on that. She earned this trait honestly. I won’t tell you how many times my Mama got me together on the field because I was being a poor sport.

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As tired and ragged as I feel I wouldn’t have it any other way. I read somewhere the other day that we may complain now about how many activities our children have, or how messy they are or about the 238,038,581 questions they may ask in a day but the truth is one day they will grow up and we will look back on these moments and long for them.

I guess.

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Where my sports Moms at? Do you have snacks packed in your purse to nibble on? Do you talk to the other Moms? Are you the Team Mom?

Disclosure

Faith is a huge part of my life as many of you already know. I was raised in the church, my mother starting teaching me at a very young age about God. Like many others as a young adult I strayed away from the church in search of fun and foolery. No matter how far I strayed I always knew God was there and many times made decisions not to participate in certain activities because morally I knew they were wrong and would not be  pleasing to God. I always went back to what I knew, and what my mother taught me.

After perusing “God’s Little Princess Bedtime Devotional” written by Sheila Walsh I am excited to begin teaching Addison the importance of God’s love and how gracious He is to us daily, even when we continually fall short.

God's Little Princess Devotional

God's Little Princess Devotional

Addison is at the age now where she can start understanding about God and building a relationship with Him for herself. We have been reading a page a night and with nearly 100 devotions, prayers and activities we have many nights of learning ahead of us.

God's Little Princess Devotional

Each page comes with a selection and scripture on the left with a “Good-Night Giggles and Grace” page on the right. The “Good-Night Giggles and Grace” are fun experiments used to help your Princess grasp the concept and scripture from the left page.

God's Little Princess Devotional

For girls who may be experiencing social issues or have specific questions the back of the book is equipped with an index outlining some of the issues our children are facing today and offers a scripture to help them better understand what God’s word says about such things.

God's Little Princess Devotional

I am a huge fan of this book. The illustrations are amazing and as minute as this may seem to some I was pleased that many ethnicities of children were included. This is a great way to start off the new year and starting building a foundation of faith for little girls.

God's Little Princess Devotional

Do you have a bedtime routine with your children? What does it look like? How do you teach your children about God?