Monday, October 14, 2013

Mommyhood Monday: 5 Reasons You're a Great Mom (yes, You!)

Hi Friend!

You're a great mom! 

Yes, you! 

I don't know you, but I bet you: 

1. Gave your kids the gift of life

Whether you had a c-section, a natural birth, a home birth, a hospital birth, an early birth, a late birth, a surrogate birth, or supported another mother's birth through the gift of adoption, you played a vital role in bringing your child into this world. 

Whether you breastfed, bottle-fed, or maybe simply forgot a few feedings along the way, you nourished your babies in a way no one else on the planet could. 

You're a great mom. 

I bet you.... 

2. Love your kids.

Let me guess - you've got at least 100 pictures of your treasures online, on your wall, on your desk, on your nightstand, on your refrigerator. You burst with pride and can't wait to tell others about their latest accomplishment. 

You'll get up out of bed to care for them during a spell of sickness, and when you're sick, you'll stay out of your own bed to head to an early Saturday morning soccer game or cheerleading practice. 

You're a great mom. 

I bet you... 

3. Make the very best decisions for your family that you can

Whether you stay-at-home, work-from-home, work-outside-the-home, or work-from-a-coffee-shop, you've wrestled over the decision. You've asked yourself whether you should sacrifice - by staying home, or by working - to give your family "more." More time, more money, more vacations, more ____ (fill in the blank). You've wrestled those demons to the ground, made your decision, and might be living with some guilt. 

But, you're doing the very best you can. And the very best that you know how to do. 

You're a great mom. 

I bet you... 

4. Help your kids grow in so many ways.

You might have a baby, who's eating homemade food you prepare; or a kindergartener who's going to a special preschool that can accomodate the needs that make her truly special and exceptional because you'll make the longer drive; or a middle schooler you support by sitting through band practice three nights a week; or a high schooler getting ready to accept a college chess scholarship, thanks to all the money you sacrificed for chess camp; or an adult child living half-way around the world who you continue to pray for around the clock, blessing her as she starts her own family. 

You're a great mom. 

I bet you... 

5. Desire to help them have the very best future possible.

You sacrifice. It'd be so easy to buy that extra handbag for yourself, instead of the backpack that will help your son's first day at a new school just a little easier. You choose that backpack with a smile. Because you know school is important. And that setting your son up for success is way more important that a fashion trend. (related side note: I'm also not knocking fashion - I love fashion! - but hopefully you see my point here :)   ) 

You skip. The TV show you'd like to watch, to help with homework. Or create a Candyland memory. 

You share. The last bite. The blanket. The pain inflicted by the classroom bully. The pain upon discovery that your precious treasure has become the bully. Your prayers. Your tears. Every part of your energy you can to make sure your kids become great adults. 

You support. The weird sports that you know nothing about. The odd clothes choices. The purple hair. The way-too-blond hair. The short skirt (ok, don't really support that). You support your kids as they move through every phase of childhood and transition into adulthood. 

You're a great mom.

So on those rough days that are inevitable along the mothering journey, remember: 

God loves you.

He gave you your precious kids for a very good reason.

He'll never leave you, or forsake you. 

He has a plan for your future and your kids' futures. Which includes whatever's going on today - at this exact moment, in this exact place along your journey.

Praying for you, sweet friend, that as you read these words, you will know, somewhere deep in your heart, that .....





Have a wonderful day! 

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