It's these kind of crazy weeks that sometimes get me and other mommas alike feeling a little down on themselves, a little envious of others and a little incompetent. I don't know why, but I'm always amazed how God puts certain people in your life at just the right time! I subscribe to a blog called, "The Gypsy Mama." (I've participated in her Five Minute Friday free write sessions a couple of times.) She is a well traveled mom of three with an amazingly REAL and fun view of motherhood. Yesterday, Lisa-Jo posted "the tired mother's creed, a list of 20 "I" statements that ring true to all. My favorites are:
- I shall not measure what I've accomplished today by the loads of unfolded laundry but by the assurance of deep love I've tickled into my kids.
- I shall not compare myself to other mothers, but find my identity in the God who trusted me with these kids in the first place.
- I shall model kind words – to kids and grown-ups alike.
As I was reading it my eyes filled with tears! My kitchen has not been spotless this week, I seriously cannot find anything to wear in my closet and I am sad because we are not able to spend enough time with Daddy Goose. And while I am not dog tired from all of our busy activities, (only because I've had a couple of really GOOD naps and a lot of coffee...shhh!) and my children have been on their best behavior - it was one of those posts that I could totally relate to and really needed!
Make sure you go to her blog and check out the rest of them. I guarantee you'll find one that will pierce through your heart and give you the boost you need. She's even created a free PDF that you can print.
Thank you Lisa-Jo! I already printed my free copy and put it on my refrigerator!