Motherhood means…well, many things. It cannot be defined in one sentence. Every mother could share what it means to her; and, it’d be unique.
To me, motherhood means selflessness. It means those 3am wake-up calls to rock your sweet baby back to sleep. It means sucking up your fear to run after your kiddo who just ran up a steep hill that leads to who knows where. It means being an example (even when you mess up) so your children learn how to be an amazingly imperfect human being. It’s showing unconditional love and providing a solid foundation to train up your child in the ways s/he should go. It’s providing a home they want to return to when they are all grown up and have kids of their own. It’s being the best mom for your kids without comparison. It’s knowing that your best is enough. It’s being present in the moments that matter so much. It’s admitting your faults and asking for forgiveness. It’s taking care of yourself; so, you can take care of others.
I posted the question, “What does motherhood mean to you?” across my social media to see how unique each mama’s response to the question was. I wanted to see the commonalities; and, I wanted to see the differences. Reading through the responses, I was able to gather YES moments and fresh takes on motherhood.
21 moms share what motherhood means to them (22 counting mine above): Continue reading “What does Motherhood Mean?”
There are moments of isolation in motherhood. Moments where the stress builds up having to manage a room full of different personalities and ages (usually with very little sleep and too much caffeine) that everything gets overwhelming. Monster Mommy creeps out or (if you are anything like me) you just want to curl up in a corner, cry and start getting really hard on yourself.
Then you find yourself saying, “I am not enough. I can’t do this.”
It doesn’t have to be that way. There are resources for all of us to stay encouraged as a mom and to feel we are enough and that we are awesome moms. Continue reading “Encouragement Resources for Moms”
Enjoy something beautiful, truly enjoy it, and your heart will be joyful.
It is so easy to get caught up in what needs to get done, that the moments happening around us get missed. It happens to all of us. That is why, I have been focusing on being still everyday and soaking in the moments around me. If I just pause to enjoy the greatness that happens, I won’t miss out on the sweet giggles and loving stares across the room.
I was having a phone conversation with my good friend, Rebecka, yesterday about how quickly time passes. You blink and your kiddos are 18 ready to create a life of their own. If we are so preoccupied with tasks, we are going to miss these precious years of our children being little.
18 years will go by quickly. Even more so; because, I’m (or should I say we are) choosing to enjoy every minute of it. So, I want to focus on the moments when they happen. I want to create memories and take mental snapshots of them to remember forever. I want my kids to remember that Mama was a big part of their joy growing up – not that I was in the background scrubbing the house constantly or on my laptop working. So, I need to find a happy balance that fits in doing what needs to get done and soaking in the moments to fully experience them when they happen
Ludavia, how do I pinpoint a moment? Continue reading “How to Be Still”
This month, I have been focusing on choosing joy daily. I have been choosing to wake up each morning and choose joy and be intentional about finding it in the little things. If you are part of the @NiftyBetty Community on Instagram, you have seen many pictures of flowers, coffee, trees, my kiddos, sunsets, sitting down with a great book and my hat. There are probably more joyfuls in there. But, that’s off the top of my head.
These little things, that surround us all, help me to choose joy no matter what the day brings. They help me enjoy the life I was given and to show others the joy that is within my heart.
I was curious how others choose joy; so, I posted a question in a couple blogging groups that I am a member of asking how others choose joy and how to be intentional about noticing their surroundings that can lead to a joyous heart.
Hopefully, their responses help you find ways to Choose Joy Daily. Continue reading “15 Ways to Choose Joy Everyday”
I have hot-mess-hair days a lot. If you follow me on Instagram, you know. I am always thanking my trusty hat that saves the day.
I have come to terms that I have unruly hair. And that’s ok. It’s the hair I was given. Because of it, I have just gone with what my hair wants to do some mornings (most every morning). And on those days, I get comments like, “How did you do that? That is so neat!”
With my messy hair, no hair style can be duplicated. So, I always have a hair style that is unique.
But, enough about hair.
There are just those days that my clothes don’t fit right or I’m having a rough day where I cry; because, I’m overwhelmed.
We all have our good days and bad days.
If all of our days were good days, we wouldn’t have the opportunity to be stretched and tested. If all of our days were good, we wouldn’t discover the bravery that we have.
We need bad days. Continue reading “We All Need Bad Days”