This time of year there is a lot to do. Mommas do it all. This one is for you. Remember, what they really want is YOU.
I see you Momma. You’re tired. You have no makeup on, yesterdays jeans, and you could really use a coffee delivery person.
I know you didn’t sleep well last night. Your little sweety was sick, or teething, or afraid of the dark. You back hurts from sleeping crooked and fitting your grown-up frame into 6-inches of mattress.
I know you are aching for 20 minutes by yourself to think your own thoughts. To just have ONE THOUGHT from start to finish. Maybe to make a phone call, read a book that is not found in the children’s section or say a prayer and ask your Creator to give you peace and direction.
Laundry? It’s clean, but it’s all piled up on the couch.
Dishes? I think there is one clean spoon.
Dust? I can’t remember the last time I did that.
I see you Momma. Wrestling that toddler in the grocery store. The one who is begging for a toy or grabbing all the sugary cereals off the shelf. The one who isn’t thrilled your passing up the potato chips for apples and the ice cream for yogurt.
I know your budget is tight. I know there is no room for a special nicety like a bottle of nail polish, or a new hairbrush, or a sharp razor for your oh-so hairy legs.
I know you see those Pinterest pictures of freshly baked bread and feel guilty that your kids are eating Goldfish crackers for breakfast….again.
I know you think you should be making “me time,” and that’s just another thing that tells you that you maybe aren’t living your “best” life.
8 glasses of water? Never.
I know you have a secret desire to write a book, to sing a song, to paint a picture, to go for a run.
I know you had a career before the babies came.
I know you have some regrets, but the babies aren’t them.
Do you know how valuable you are? Not for cleaning and cooking. Not for changing dirty diapers, not for clipping toenails.
Do you know that you provide security, peace and gentleness in a world that is very unpredictable, chaotic and angry.
You answer the questions.
Calm the fears.
Acknowledge the accomplishments.
You laugh at the silliness.
You give affection.
You teach right from wrong.
Don’t worry about the dust, the unbaked bread, the pile of clothes.
They really aren’t looking. They don’t care.
They just want you to run the car down the ramp, one more time.
To turn on the music loud and dance silly.
To let them play with bubbles in the sink.
Or make a craft, or jump on the bed, or….
Momma. They love you. Just the way you are.
And that’s enough for today.