Being a mom is the hardest thing I've ever done, but it has brought me so much joy! I want to encourage other moms on their journey, I'll share motherhood tricks, spotlight tips I've learned from friends, and I hope you will share your ideas. I will focus on secrets that help families stay balanced, healthy, frugal, creative, and closely knit. I will also share favorite fiction and nonfiction books that I have enjoyed. Many blessings to you on your mothering journey!

Friday, May 09, 2008

Bad Mommy Day
turns into
Great Mother's Day Gift

I had a bad mommy day today (we all have them, right?). The kids have been sick (cough, cold & tummy), so we've been cooped up in the house all week. I get a little stir-crazy if I don't get out of the house once a day. My normal daily habit is to hit the YMCA most mornings where I get a good workout and a break from the kids for a bit while they play with other kids. Sick kids = none of the above. :(

It's not a good sign when you change 2 gross diapers before 8:30am. Then clean up a super-stinky poopy accident all over the bathroom. Then try to handle a couple of stressful work tasks. Then clean up eggs that your sweet son cracked all over your freshly mopped floor. All the while listening to my ususally tender-hearted son practice 3yr old SASS!

I called my mom at 11am to ask for prayer. I was feeling really down-trodden, discouraged and worn out. She was great to encourage me, first affirming that I'm not a bad mommy. Then singing the song "Mama said there'd be days like these". She reminded me that we all have bad days - and good ones will be around the corner. She was the perfect sounding board.

We had a few more mishaps throughout the day, but there were some good moments. The best part was when I played with sidewalk chalk with the 3 kiddos. I traced the outlines of my 3 kids, then they all 3 worked together to trace my body. It was the best warm-fuzzy feeling to have them working together on a project that showed their love for me. That's the best mother's day present a mom can get, right?

So I'm looking for sunshine tomorrow. And thanking God for the rainbows in today's frustration.

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Blogger Amy said...

Boy, I have HAD those days...and they are long! I hope that there are lots of rainbows headed your way!

12:19 PM  

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