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Category: Motherhood

I’m a Great Mom Because of the Baby Who’s Gone

After my first child was born, life got terribly messy, and not just from spit-up and dirty diapers. The transition from working full time to being a stay-at-home mom was difficult. I went days, sometimes weeks, without speaking to another adult, other than my husband for a…

These Mornings

Sometimes I wish away these mornings with young children. These mornings when cries from the crib break the silence just a little earlier than I would like. These mornings that begin with leaky diapers and wet sheets and rushed baths. These mornings when the endless demands for more breakfast leave…

The Side Effects of Motherhood

There are endless benefits to being a mother. No matter the dose you’ve been given, motherhood will result in a long series of moments that will bring you excessive amounts of joy. Your baby will look at you with eyes that say you are the most beautiful woman…

Lord, Teach Me to Number My Days

Lord, teach me to number my days; For the days spent mothering young children are few. The long nights and endless days seem infinite, but time silently slips away. They are babies today, but will be grown tomorrow. Lord, teach me to number my days; For these tired arms that…

The Empty Chair

Last night as we sat at the dinner table, I noticed the empty chair and wondered why we hadn’t yet brought up the booster seat. My son is old enough to switch from his high chair to a booster, which would save space in the kitchen and allow…

The Meant-To-Dos of Motherhood

Today I got caught up. Not on the to-dos or the should-dos, but on the meant-to-dos. The snow fell outside and the roads glazed over in a thick sheet of ice, making the idea of hauling kids around town among car accidents, traffic jams, and closed…

Danger: Explosive Mom

A can of spray paint exploded in our garage this evening, but we didn’t notice there was a problem until after the fumes began to permeate throughout the house, making it difficult to breathe. There’s no telling how long that can sat out there, tension rising…

God Richly Blessed Me Today

My daughter asked me to color with her today, just as she does every other day of the week. After telling her “no” for too many days in a row, I said “yes” today. But it wasn’t without reluctance. I thought of the piles…

Some New Year’s Resolutions for My Kids, and One for Myself

As I made my way around the house the other day, I found myself completing a few (inconvenient) tasks that I so desperately wish my kids would do themselves. There was the toilet that wasn’t flushed, again. So I flushed it. There was dirty underwear worn by a…

A Mom’s Christmas Poem

It wasn’t the presents, or the lights, or the sweets That made this mom’s heart at Christmas complete. No, none of those things made her heart sing, Quite like the joy that her children bring. It was the excitement of wrapping a gift for another, A…