13 Aug

Yep, I’m that Mom

In response to a recent funny comment from a friend (if it was not meant to be funny, then she most assuredly is not my friend)…

The final line in a paragraph chocked full of who do you think you are and you are pretending to be something you are not was, “are you really that mom?”

I’ve been pondering that question.

If you mean…

…am I the mom who managed to pull off an awesome week of summer camp at home for our peanuts last week. Where we made capes, dressed up and played a ton? Yep, I’m that mom.

…am I the mom who lost my cool over yet another sibling squabble, yelled at our sweet lil peanuts and burst into tears before retreating to the laundry room right before some of that superhero fun? Yep, I’m that mom.

…am I the mom who gets lazy and leaves my children digging through clean laundry baskets rather than folding it and putting it away some weeks? Yep, I’m that mom.

…am I the mom who every now and then hides a candy bar on top of the fridge to devour in the post-bedtime silence? Yep, I’m that mom.

…am I the mom who posts a blog about parenting and within in minutes has both kids in time outs shaking my head over this whole parenting gig? Yep, I’m that mom.

…am I the mom who sometimes puts the kids to bed a bit early and skips their bedtime stories so I can make out like a teenager on the couch with my hunky hubby? Yep, I’m that mom.

…am I the mom who pauses in the midst of dinner preparation to play balloon rockets with the peanuts? Yep, I’m that mom.

balloon rockets

…am I the mom who oversleeps, leaps out of bed to find breakfast prepared by the seven-year-old, and feels overjoyed and like a failure at the same time? Yep, I’m that mom.

…am I the mom that some days doesn’t shower until nearly bedtime cuz the day gets away from her? Yep, I’m that mom.

…am I the mom who can feel in the mid-afternoon that I’ve forgotten to pray or read my Bible? Yep, I’m that mom.

…am I the mom who makes a certain brand of boxed brownies (following the recipe) over and over for friends and Bible studies cuz people will rave? Yep, I’m that mom.

…am I the mom who cries out to Jesus in the midst of this crazy roller-coaster of mothering because I feel lost and unworthy of the amazing gift He’s entrusted me with? Yep, I’m that mom.

…am I the homeschooling mom who worries that the kids aren’t “socialized” enough in one breath and growls at the calendar full of their activities in the next? Yep, I’m that mom.

…am I the mom who wants them to learn to tie their shoes but silently thanks God for Velcro shoes and the freedom it grants us all? Yep, I’m that mom.

…am I the mom who mourns over the children I placed for adoption sometimes so deeply that I miss the children sitting in my lap? Yep, I’m that mom.

…am I the mom who has her own box of crayons that she won’t share with her kids? Yep, I’m that mom.

…am I the mom who wrestles with her past, worries about the future and tries to make the most of today (most of the time)? Yep, I’m that mom.

…am I the mom who judges other women for speaking harshly to their children in the grocery store (guilty of the same thing herself)? Yep, I’m that mom.

…am I the mom who giggles when my son says “butt” or my daughter farts while she laughs? Yep, I’m that mom.

…am I the mom who is hard on myself and needs a little grace? (say it with me girls) Yep, I’m that mom.

So, my dear, anonymous commenter (yes, that is a word now), I apologize if somewhere along the way I made it seem like I think I am perfect or that I am, in fact, trying to be something other than who I am. I am just a girl (to quote Gwen Stefani) and I do the best I can (most days) and am blessed by the opportunity to share glimpses of my life with those who choose to read my blog.

I pray for all of us…all us moms….that everyday we are that mom…the mom God made us to be!


5 thoughts on “Yep, I’m that Mom

  1. Love, love, love this! Thanks for your honesty and transparency because I am sure it will save the sanity of at least one mom today! I take exception to only one thing that you said–the one about the laundry basket. Please erase from your brain that you are “lazy”: most moms I know are just TIRED! Love you, Wendy! Keep it up girl–you’re a wonderful mom and blogger!

    • Thanks Sandra!! I have a love-hate relationship with laundry so even if I’m not tired I avoid it…that’s where I get lazy. But I know what it is to be a tired mama, too. Love you my sweet friend!!

  2. It isn’t easy being a mama these days. I’ve been blessed to give birth to two wonderful sons and be a mom to three other wonderful ones. I know I’ve made mistakes, lost my patience, and raised my voice a lot along the way. However, one of the things I almost do perfectly is be a MAMA. It is in my blood and soul. It makes me mad and angry when someone makes a negative and mean comment about me as a mama. You are a wonderful mama with a great creative side to you. God continues to bless you daily and you recognize it. You just keep being the “that mom”. Love, hugs, & prayers.

    • You are right, Gina, it does get under the skin when someone criticizes the mama in me. I can take critics, jokes and even down right bitterness in any other arena…attack me as a wife or mother and I get mad. That’s where my heart is. Thank you for your love and support, my friend!!

  3. ….fussed at my hubby for not spending enough time with the kids one day and then lets the kids be lazy in front of a movie the next so I can get stuff done…..yep I am that mom.
    ….hides in the bathroom for an hour to just read and get some me time when they think I am just having a hard time in there (if ya know what I am sayin)….yep I am that mom.
    ….thanks God for those previous little blessings (not often enough)

    I had to laugh because I can relate to most of yours! You are never alone! Not to mention you inspire me to be better with my kiddos 🙂

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