Looking back at what feels like a lifetime ago, I stood around a kitchen island with a bunch of friends, newly married, complaining about our husbands. It. Was. Awesome!
It was like this deep itch I wanted to scratch and releasing these words did just that. It felt so good to share about all of the dumb things my husband did and hear other women contribute theirs. It was like I was suddenly part of this exclusive club and these women “got” me.
An unexpected tragedy knocked on the door of my life early December. It left heart break and devastation on the front porch, wrapped in a ‘not-so-glamorous’ bow of questions and statements that sounded like, “How did this happen? This doesn’t make sense.” What I thought was going to be a joyful season in my family’s life, turned out to be one of mourning and loss; as for me, the loss of our baby through miscarriage put me in a state of grief that had shame and guilt associated with it.
I think we’ve all had crisis touch our lives. It’s especially difficult to go through crisis when you are neck deep in motherhood. There are crisis events, crisis seasons, and crisis marathons. A car crash. A cancer diagnosis. A painful divorce. Sometimes the effects can echo for decades and generations. It’s heartbreaking to watch a friend go through a crisis.
Do you love to travel with your kids? Guessing there were a lot of groans and "no's" in response! I've heard a lot of people share the sentiment that traveling with kids makes it a "trip" and not a "vacation." And while I largely agree that it is not quite the same rest and relaxation when you have your entire brood with you, I still think there is room for it to be a great experience for all with a little intentionality.
When I was pregnant with our son, we didn’t have a name for him picked out right away. We spent a lot of time looking up different names and sharing our likes and dislikes – until one day, my husband shared the name Xander, and there was something about it that caught my attention. When I asked him what it meant, he said, “Defender of the people” and I knew it was the one.
As a teenager, I remember going to my Dad to talk out whatever current high drama situation I was experiencing. I’d feel misunderstood and get frustrated because he’d consistently respond by asking questions that challenged me to consider a biblical perspective. He didn’t join me in my whirlwind of intense emotions, which at the time, I found unsupported.
I placed my hand over my heart, it felt as if a jackhammer lived inside of me. I’d never had a panic attack before … so, why now? I was only looking for a shoe - it wasn’t a stressful situation. I laid down on my back and called my husband, taking deep breaths that never seemed deep enough.
Whether you are a young mom, experienced mom, single mom, a bonus mom, adopted mom, spiritual mom, or a grand mom...YOU ARE AMAZING!!! YOU are a super hero!!! Maybe not to the world, but to your children. Whether they show it or not and whether you see it or not.... YOU ARE THE BEES KNEES. This article is ALL about reminding you about the many traits GOD CELEBRATES ABOUT YOU that makes you an AMAZING MOM!