"Too Cute Clipboard" Heather Ann Designs found here.~~5 Minutes for Mom has a wonderful, wonderful post today called "The Mom Who Does it All." It was written by Katie Ebel of Musings of a Mamma of Many (M.o.M) and was just the reminder that I needed today.
~~I absolutely love the part where she writes, "The happiest moment of my life was when I realized I didn’t need to be the mom everyone else expected me to be. I needed to be the mom that came from being myself."
Aaaaaah. Exhale. That's the lesson that I've been trying to learn.
~~None of us are perfect. I know that's true. And I need to rely on God's grace every day to help me grow and improve as a Mom. But at the same time, there's nothing wrong with being me; the Mother that I am right now.
~~Why is it our tendency as women to compare ourselves to everyone else? We think that all the other Moms out there have it all together and we're the only one who struggles with the mountain of laundry or the crumbs on the floor. And another ridiculous thing we tend to do is to combine the strengths of other women into this ideal "Super Mom" that we think we must be. You know how that goes, "If only I could cook like So-and-so, decorate like So-and-so, dress like So-and-so, be as creative as So-and-so.........and the list goes on. Don't we see how silly that is? And yet I'm guilty of those types of thoughts all the time.
~~Katie writes, "Once you can let go of the expectation, you can let go of the stress." And I know that I'm a much better Mom when I'm not stressed out! God knew what He was doing when He paired these children with me as their Mother. If I trust Him He can use me with my particular strengths, weaknesses, and personality to be just what they need.
~~The painting is coming right along. I'm getting so close to being finished! I wanted to wait a bit before posting so that I can give a bigger update. Soon. :)