A Mom-Monday Giveaway…In Case You’re Having One of Those Days…
Welcome to Mom-Monday.
I’m glad you’re here!
(**Giveaway details are at the end of this post, so don’t leave without entering!)
I sat there at my daughter’s swim team practice this week, watching a mom and her two-year-old next to me…
“After this, we’ll take your sister to camp and then we’ll have some time alone–just me and you,” she said sweetly to her son.
To which he answered, “No.”
She leaned over and hugged him. “You don’t want mommy time?”
“No.” Then he leaned over and hit her.
“No hitting,” she said, a little less sweetly.
He stood there with a look on his face like he was deciding whether to hit or tell her no again. He chose, “No.”
She reached out gently and pulled him to her. “C’mere. Are you hungry?”
“No!” He threw his head back and started whining.
She held onto him with one arm and dug through her purse with the other. “What should we play with?” She tried to distract him. As he tried to wiggle free.
Here was this sweet mom, excited to spend time alone with her son, and he obviously didn’t appreciate it. How could he, at two years old? How could he know that, with the way he was acting, his mom might be feeling like she’d rather drop his sister off at camp, then drop him off at a friend’s house, or grandma’s, or somewhere, so she could have a minute to herself?
Here she was, enthusiastic about being with him, only to get hits and fits in return.
But that’s how being a mom is sometimes, right?
We’ve all had days like that.
Days where we make an effort with our kids and it goes unappreciated.
Days where, no matter what we say or do, it’s always “wrong.”
Days where being a mom feels unimportant, or thankless, or small.
And while I don’t have a two-year-old wiggling out of my arms anymore, and I’m finding that things really do get easier as the kids get older, I still have those kinds of days…
Like a week ago when our hot water heater broke, and the plumber couldn’t find the part for the repair, and we had no water for showers, and we couldn’t run our dishwasher, and the sink was full of dishes, and it was 105 degrees outside, and I still had my full leg brace on, and I had three writing deadlines to meet, and my kids were bickering, and I was in mommy-crack down mode, and things were hectic.
And before long, I felt it coming…
The desire–no, the need–to run outside and head down the street and keep on running. :)
Except, I couldn’t run.
And it was too hot out, anyway.
But then, almost like God was nudging me directly, I thought about the videos I’d seen the week before at Kristen’s blog (We Are THAT Family).
I remembered how Christy Nockels–amazing singer, fellow mom–said that sometimes we need to focus on the little things right in front of us in order to invite the, “glorious into the mundane.”
And I needed some glorious right about then.
I needed the reminder of what’s important too–my two “little things.” And the fact that I’ve been given an amazing privilege in being their mom. Yes, that privilege comes with plenty of other “little things”–the laundry, the carpooling, the dishes–but it’s all for a purpose.
An awesome purpose.
Sometimes, it’s just easy to forget that.
And as I remembered, instead of feeling impatient or discouraged by the not-so-fun mommy-moments that inevitably come with the territory of being a mom, I began to look at things differently.
And I wanted to focus less on my frustrations and more on having a positive impact on these two precious kids I get to call my own…
So they can turn around and have a positive impact on our world. :)
Stay a minute and watch Christy’s videos, moms. I hope they give you the same encouragement they did to me. And be sure to enter the giveaway for Christy’s music CD before you leave…
**So here’s the giveaway: Christy has offered to give a CD of her new album to three people here. Anyone can enter, whether you have a blog or not. All you have to do is leave a comment.
I’m sure Christy’s music will encourage you! I’ll be announcing the winners next Mom-Monday so be sure and stop back by.
And one last thing: If you have a URL and you haven’t already entered it here, leave your link, so other moms can stop by your site and say hi.
Have a great day!