Simple pleasures...

Sometimes I let myself get caught up in the comparison game. I compare myself to the mom that keeps her house clean, does every DIY project on Pinterest, cooks the most amazing made-from-scratch meals every night and plays with her kids without losing patience. This mom makes me feel so bad about myself that I want to cry. Because I could never compare. And you want to know the worst part about this Mom? I've created her in my mind. 

But you know what? I don't need to be that mom. None of us do. We just need to be their mom. 

It's so easy to forget that. It's so easy to tell yourself that you are less than. It's so easy to forget all that you DO for them when the list of what you think you should do for them is endless. 

But you know what? I like their mom.

Their mom finds joy in the random picnic night. 
Their mom loves the sound of their giggles as they lay out blankets.
Their mom celebrates the small victory of no fights when they agree and pick out a movie. 
Their mom has perfected the honey mustard to mayonnaise ratio - just how they like it.

Their mom isn't ashamed to admit that sometimes dinner in front of the TV is what SHE needs to get through the next couple of hours. 

And their mom is grateful for the simple pleasures that come with this not-so-simple job.

Yep. I just need to be their mom. And I'm so glad that I am.

While I'm Waiting...

Linking up with Barb at Motivational Monday


  1. Has always been one of my biggest struggles......at some point I realized all the "fun" and "cool" stuff I wanted to do a lot of times was just for me because my kids are perfectly happy with the ordinary. God really does know what he's doing when he pairs up Mom's and kids...I'm 100% sure of it!

    1. Totally agree! I'm convinced no other kids could put up with MY crazy like my own! :)

  2. I agree with Shelly's comment - can't imagine anyone else being my kiddos' mom - or vice versa. God's cool like that. I am giggling though - I'm sitting here in a messy house without dinner prepared while the kids are outside entertaining themselves #mamaneededamoment

    1. Yep! My kids played in puddles for an hour and then we ate cereal for dinner! :)

    2. Thanks for sharing this at Waiting on...Wednesday! Hope to see you back tomorrow!

      Holly @ www.iwillservewhileiwait.blogspot.com

  3. Love this! The comparison game is a killer for moms and is certainly not helped by Fantasy Facebook Supermom! :) Keep on keeping on with your littles...mine are t(w)eens now and they graciously just want me-- in spite of myself, for myself. Which is a gift. Stopping by from Motivation Monday!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Elizabeth! I'm always amazed at the grace they give me!