This blog post is by one of my real-life friends, and I am SO happy to have her here today. Her words are so beautiful, and she honestly shares things a lot of us mamas have experienced. I found myself smiling and nodding through her entire post! I hope you love it as much as I did, and find your way over to her blog or social media profiles to say ‘hi’!
I saw a coffee mug the other day that said “World’s Okayest Mom” and it made me chuckle. I’d honestly feel way more comfortable carrying that mug around than a mug proclaiming myself as the “best” mom.
I know, I know…I’m the best possible fit for my own child. I intuitively know his needs better than any other person. We have a bond that surpasses even the best brand of super glue. I get it.
But seriously, I struggle to cross the finish line of bed time some days. There are days when my kid eats a chocolate wafer stick for lunch. There, I said it. That alone probably disqualifies me from being the best. And while I’d hate to admit it, phrases like “Not right now” and “Mommy’s busy” make their way into conversation with my son far more than “Let’s play with your train” or “Help me color this picture.”
I’m the world’s okayest mom and some days I’m doubtful that I even reach “okay” status. But that is where I find the Lord. In my doubts. I find Him when I’m unsure of what I’m doing.
I need the Lord and He knew that long before He knit together this precious boy in my womb. And woven into my own life are threads of His grace that carry me along and keep me humbled in the fact that the Lord is able to do so much more in my waiting than I can do in my doing.
Oh, how I need Him. I need Him more and more with each new day that He gives me to be the mother of this child that He has allowed me to raise, despite my innumerable shortcomings.
I’ll always try my best to be whatever it is my Little Man needs me to be on any given day. However, I’ll also cling to the hope that, because of my obvious imperfection, Little Man will desire to know the One who is perfect, who is able to meet his every need, and whose grace is much bigger than our sins. In the meantime, this is who I am:
I’m a mom, a wife, a house cleaner, a dishwasher, and a laundry folder.
I’m a boo-boo kisser, a storyteller, and the opener of all things my toddler can’t open himself.
I’m a gold medalist at holding the feet of my wiggling toddler with one hand while opening up a pack of wipes with my other hand…all without getting a bit of poop on the couch or myself.
I’m a cook who can measure out, chop up, and mince all of my ingredients for dinner and cook them accordingly while simultaneously singing “Airplane, airplane high up in the sky”(I’ll spare you the rest of the lyrics).
I’m an animal lover who can catch toads with my bare hands, not because I’m particularly fond of its pee running through my fingers, but because my Little Man wants so badly to catch one and feel it with his own hands.
I’m not the best, but I’m okay with that, because the Lord’s grace is sufficient and His mercies are new every morning.
To that, let’s raise our “World’s Okayest Mom” mugs high and celebrate all the precious days we have with our little ones, because each day with them is a gift, no matter how well we handled it.
Alicia is known as “The Mrs.” over at her blog, A Sweet Fragrance, where she chronicles her memoirs, projects, recipes and lessons learnt while living life abroad and serving Him in SE Asia. She is a wife, a mommy, a writer, and a lifelong language learner who loves keeping busy with her camera and DIY projects. She blames and also thanks her husband for turning her into the coffee snob she is today.