Thursday, March 30, 2017

To The Mom with Little Kids...



To the mom with little kids --

I see you.

I see you scrambling up the play place slide to grab your crying toddler.  I see you juggling two babies as you exit the restaurant as fast as you can.  I see you with a poopy diaper in one hand and a tiny, unclothed baby in another because you ran out of extra clothes.


I see you.  


I was just there.  I blinked and now I am not.  I remember.  Watching you takes me back to those moments, all those feelings, all that HARD.


It's hard.  Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.


It's easy for us on the other side to say, "enjoy it!" or "It goes so fast!"  It does go by fast but by golly, it's sanctifying, hard work.    You die to yourself every single day.  Some days more than others when you have spit up in your hair and 3rd day old athleisure clothes on and you didn't even work out.


You are tired.  You are dirty.  You struggle to remember every dang thing.


You are pouring your heart and soul into those tiny, little humans.  You are meeting everyone of their little needs.  You rewarmed your coffee and momentarily lost it on the washing machine.  Those tiny humans will eventually begin to meet their own needs. (it's hard to believe but true.) There you'll be clapping and cheering them on with that big old momma smile.


You will be so proud the day they flush their own toilet, wipe their own behind, cut their own food, blow into a kleenex, keep the snack in the container, buckle their own seatbelt, and read their first book.


Until then, even if those little humans don't say thank you, they love you.  When they look at you through those dark eyes in the middle of the night, they love you.  Even when they yell "NO" and flail all their limbs across the Target floor, they love you.


They love you and so does God.  God sees you.  He sees your heart, He sees your weariness, He is cheering you on in the hard, hard, hard work. #handtohead


Until then, whenever then comes, He will sustain you.  Don't give up, keep on holding, keep on wiping, keep on loving, keep on praying because you are doing the good, hard work of motherhood.


This is what I say to you weary mom of little kids...


Carry on, hold your head high.  Don't doubt yourself, don't wallow in guilt, focus on the victories.  You are doing mighty kingdom work.  You can do it, you were created for it.   Take a deep breath,   learn from your mistakes.  Ask for help if you need it and cry if you need it too (I needed to sometimes).  Keep on, keeping on.  You got this!

With all my love,

A Mom who sees you (and just starting to climb over to the other side)






11 comments:

  1. Oh Erin, this is ALL so true. I remember...not to long ago...when both of my kids climbed in the car and buckled themselves independently. What a HUGE mom victory that was. I miss my kids being babies and toddlers, but it is hard, so hard and this post was so encouraging!

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  2. What a sweet sweet post. You made me tear up. I too think I am just starting to crawl out of this stage with my 2 and almost 4 year old. But, I'd love one more baby so I might just throw myself right back in there.

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  3. SUCH a sweet post, Erin. And I love that last picture of you and your sweet girl. Your smiles are contagious.

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  4. This was such an encouragement to me, Erin! Exactly what I needed to hear! Love you!

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  5. Such a good post! I love it. Motherhood truly is sanctifying.

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  6. I love this girl and so relate!! Oh how I wish I could go back in time and enjoy my kids more when they were smaller!

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  7. Thank you for this post, Erin! I needed it today!!

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  8. I found your blog recently through one of the Friday linkups and I've been reading through several posts. BUT THIS ONE! As a new mom to twin girls, I cannot tell you how your words have spoken directly to my heart. There's daily struggle, worries and guilt mixed with overwhelming love and JOY. It's the hardest phase of life so far, but the most rewarding to. Can't wait to follow along with your blog now!!

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