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{31 days recap & happy halloween}

Okay friends! So I am finally finishing up my 31 day project. Just a few days late! Life with a newborn and Halloween and homework and a house that never stops needing care has gotten the better of me. But I’m pressing-on because I have loved your feedback about motherhood. It seems that I’m not the only mommy out there who adores my kids and struggles with the tricky parts of motherhood all at once! If you haven’t had a chance to read along you can find all the posts I managed to write {i skipped a few days} HERE. Thanks  to the nester for this fun challenge and thanks to all of you for listening to my musings and my heart!

Cannot wait until next year…wonder what I will write about then!?!

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Also, how was your Halloween?

We had a crazy day of rain, a sleepy baby who wouldn’t nap, fun costumes, parades, parties, trick-or-treat in our neighborhood.

It was fun and tiring.

This was our take on FROZEN!

our frozen halloween  10735441_284393428423402_1700778810_nDSC_0009 And my beautiful sister was Rosie the riveter!

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Here they are at the school parade. Grant was a ninja by day and Olaf by night! Paigey loved being  Elsa! 8 out of ten girls did too! It was adorable!

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{mom’s i love}

::just a few famous mom’s that i love::

Jen Hatmaker {real life mom}

she’s authentic, hysterical and doesn’t take herself too seriously

Pioneer Woman-Ree Drummond {real life mom}

she’s funny and a great cook and seems to “do it all” {and i love her jewelry}

Michelle Duggar {real life mom}

she has an incredibly kind, patient and loving heart with all 19 of her kids {she actually amazes me}

Clair Huxtable

her character was smart, fun and so classy

Lorelai Gilmore

her character was adorable, funny, listened well & stayed connected with her daughter through it all

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{somedays i get ANGRY}

I totally HATE to admit that I get angry as a mommy…but I do. It’s an area I struggle with and often feel unequipped to improve. There have been a few seasons in my mommy-life when I have been angry with the kids ever day {you can read about that more HERE}. Ugly moments that I’m not proud of. I hate the way my anger has made my kids feel and I pray that they remember it as something that only happened from time to time. I try not to take myself too seriously but gosh it’s hard when your regrets and struggles affect your kids.

A few years ago I read a book that had some great tools in it for dealing with anger. I want to read it again. My angry-mommy moments are  rare in this season but I think it is always good to keep working towards my goal of being a patient and gentle mommy.

Anger may not be a struggle for you, but if it is I think you will like this book. Check it out:

 Good & Angry: Exchanging Frustration for Character in You and Your Kids

By Scott Turansky

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{parenting is not for the faint of HEART}

I love being a mommy but it is not easy.

I have had some very difficult phases in my parenting journey. I have felt completely desperate at times. When Paige and Grant were babies {they were born just 19 months a part} and I had two in diapers & very little support I was a mess. I was completely overwhelmed all.of.the.time. I prayed moment by moment to get through my days. When Aaron would have to work a couple of days at a time and the kids were sick or going through a tough stage in behavior I felt like I was drowning in desperate thoughts all the time. I felt completely alone. I remember a friend encouraging me with the phrase: the days are long but the years are short. I loved it and I hated it at the same time. The days felt so long that I just couldn’t believe, or totally trust, that the years would be short. I felt like there was no light at the end of the tunnel. And my feelings made me feel like a failure as a mom. The more difficult it got with the kids, the worse I felt about myself and then that made me feel more impatient with the kids and then that made me feel even worse about myself.

I sort-of lost who I was. I didn’t recognize myself. Where was the confident person that had sustained me through each stage of my life? Where was the girl who trusted the Lord and asked for help without feeling guilty? Where was the girl who dreamed of getting married and becoming a mom? I was cranky with the kids every moment of every day. I was mad all the time at how my life was going. I was confused about how hard it was and I was unprepared for the difficulty of it all. I did not know where to turn. I was lonely. I was tired. I wanted help but didn’t even know where to begin to find it. It was just hard all.of.the.time.

I eventually made it out of that funk. I share my feelings about it because I’m pretty certain I’m not the only person who has ever felt that way. Motherhood takes you through so many highs and lows and I’m so thankful the days like that are few and far between.

If you can relate…you are not alone. I’m telling you that you will get through this!

I now know that: the days are long but the years are short.

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