I'm sitting on a plane on my way to Paris, France. I'm two hours into my trip and sobbing like a crazy person in my seat because I already miss my babies. Just hours ago, I couldn't wait to get out of the house for some "me time"!
It’s funny what parenting does to your heart. It changes you completely in the most amazing way. Us humans are selfish and born sinners. And if parenting doesn’t shift your priorities, well we don’t have a lot in common. I give up everything for my kids. I’m not perfect in any way. I yell, I loose it, I get frustrated just like everyone else. Parenting is hard. Raising tiny humans and pouring into them all day is hard aaannnnndddd exhausting. But, we do it because we are warriors.
I want my kids to understand what it means to be good. I will work hard at that every day. I want them to have manners and be polite. I want them to say “yes ma’am” and “no sir” not because they are words but, because I want them to learn respect. I want them to be loving and kind. I want them to know and understand just how blessed they truly are.
Moms: we wake up and start work the second our feet come out of the bed and we’re last to sleep because we’re still working. Long after the kids are in bed, there is laundry to be washed and folded, dishes to be done, food to be put away, toys to be shoved in corners and baskets, shoes to be carried up the stairs, doors to be locked, and prayers to be said. That is all before we go back into our kids rooms and stare at their sweet AND QUIET faces as they are fast asleep and we miss them already even though they have driven us crazy for hours.
It’s amazing what these little loves do to us. It’s not all rainbows and butterflies, that’s for sure. But, it is life and I am grateful for it. Grateful for my precious gifts that are my children. Grateful for Austin’s tight hugs and sweet kisses. Grateful for Addison’s kind heart and her good manner’s. Grateful for their health and happiness. Most of all, I’m grateful for how they’ve changed me. For how they’ve softened me. For how they have shown me to give grace. For how they have taught me unconditional love. Most of all, I’m grateful for the family they have given me and the fulfillment in my heart and in my life.
Happy Mother’s Day, y’all. Moms are a rare breed and I’m so honored to be part of the pack to share it with all of you! What are you doing to take a break and celebrate today?