Thursday, October 22, 2015

how to mom

The truth? People with kids complain about annoying pet posts and people with pets complain about annoying kid posts.

If you haven't guessed it already, I'm one of those people with the billion annoying kid posts (even my husband complains).

When I look at my kiddos, I see darling little human beings (most of the time; you know how it goes!). I see fierce baby lions who can take all the zoos in the world by storm--twice over. I see daring knights who will venture to find and tame dragons.

I know they're not perfect--my daughter just bit me the other day--but they're undoubtedly the most precious gifts I have.

And then there's me. Their undeniably less-than-perfect mom whose features include a short temper, busyness, and boring hobbies. You might be able to understand, then, that I often feel unworthy to be her mom.

Ever so slowly I'm seeing that I'll never deserve my kiddos. They're too good a gift for me.

But, and this is the important part, they are mine. Earthside, they are mine. God's entrusted them to me and my husband to care for and raise well.

So despite my fetching features, as mama to these human beings, I want to give them my best as best as I know how. And I'd be honored if you joined me in this endeavor as a fellow parent.

To live in each moment with our kiddos. To laugh like maniacs together. To cry over missing socks with them. To gasp in wonder at the stars with them.

To love them well so that when their journeys take them far from home, we'll be at peace knowing we loved them as best as we knew how.

Would you pray with me?
Dearest child, my hope is that you will stay fearless, conquer as much of the world as you can, and let your wild spirit take you to extraordinary places. My hope is that you will live with all of your heart and strength so that when you look back one day you wouldn't want to have lived differently. I pray you love Jesus so much that others learn to love Him as well. Keep shining His light, sweetie.
You and me, mama? We're gonna take it one day at a time and we're gonna make it. We've got Jesus and He's got this.

in this together,