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In the thick of motherhood


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This morning I woke up at 6 am to try to get a little alone time. When you are in the thick of motherhood, morning coffee and some clarity is essential to start the day off right. If I don’t get up early to write/ read/ blog/ pray… let’s just say it might not happen for the day. While I am well aware I can squeeze all this in the nooks and crannies of daily life, let’s just say I didn’t want to this morning. I heard my husband pouring the beautiful sound of fresh coffee beans into the grinder and the gentle hum as it was working as I quietly tip-toed out of bed…

when I heard the throaty “MOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMYYYYY!!!!!”.

I yelled to my husband, half laughing, “Not today!”.

I shall not want… right?

Public Meltdowns + Goldfish

President’s Day weekend came. Monday was no school. I decided to take my kiddos to the Children’s Museum. I honestly thought it was a splendid idea. My daughter has no school, and hers was the only school in the district that had the day off. We happily drove to the museum with our snack bag packed full with Goldfish (no apologies- they work magic and my kids are alive), gummies (for bribing and I brush their teeth), and cheese sticks, kids clif bars- the whole gamut. I had a fresh, piping hot Starbucks. The day was OURS.

Until I pulled up blissfully unaware why the street was backed up a quarter of a mile and the sign said “lot full”. Was there an event?

No, silly, everyone decided to come to the museum today. Every other school district had the day off.

We circled thirty minutes and I found a spot. My oldest held her pee pee in her pants and survived. We got this!

Except. Avery. My second daughter, my chunky gooey butter of goodness. She was overwhelmed by it all.

Have you ever seen that mom with the wide eyes and an expression that looks half crying half laughing? The one you aren’t sure whether to run from or hug? That was me. Avery threw a total of 5 temper tantrums… one that eventually led to me spilling my precious (Gollum voice here) COFFEE all over the floor.

WAAAAA.

We had our fun and it was time to go. Bye bye museum- we will catch you on a brighter day.

PS- she was totally getting a molar.

You just never know with these kiddos.


What day is it today?

Oh, and we totally missed a piano lesson. I thought it was Tuesday, but it was Wednesday. Winning.

Refuge

I have been out of the work force almost seven years. This week it has been on my mind a ton. As a stay at home mom, it is easy to wonder if this work will all be worth it. No pay, long hours, little rest. Not a whole lot of accolades. I have tried my hand in a few things and haven’t really had much success. It is humbling to realize I often wonder if what I do matters much here on earth.

It is times like this this verse brings me great comfort.

Psalm 27:13-14 I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. …

I see it in glimpses now and then… and it is truly overwhelming. God is SO good, and today alone I pondered how my babies are growing up so quickly and so wild and beautiful. The days are long but the years are truly short.

God is doing something good here, in my heart and with my hands, even if I do not see what is around the bend.

I work in Him and with Him… and that is good. Even in the thick of motherhood.

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