Okay, I’m a day late on this confession, but we all know I’m imperfect, so don’t be too surprised ;) hehe
This one is kind of a sad story… Yesterday my poor 16 month old got spices in his eye. I wasn’t looking for a minute (if even that long) and in that amount of time, he climbed up on a kitchen chair grabbed the open spice container and dumped a bunch of it out. After touching the spices I guess he felt like it would be a good idea to rub his eyes and the poor boy just started screaming! It was so sad!!! I had to rush him to the bath tub to get it all of his hands and then splash water in his eyes. The poor boy didn’t know why I wouldn’t let him rub his eyes and was VERY upset at me for holding his hands down. He was giving me awful looks because he thought I was being so mean! :( His anger/confusion ended up being good for him though as it made him cry harder and the tears were cleansing his eyes, but it was a rough 5 or so minutes… Just one of those afternoons where you feel sure the “mother of the year” award is passing by your house. ;)
I feel like a lot of people may be misunderstanding the point of this series. I’m not trying to complain or say that I am a horrible mother. The purpose of this series is to encourage other moms that none of us are perfect. We all make mistakes, and we all do things that we know may not be the absolute 100% BEST thing for our kids and that is all okay! :)
I can think of two women that I am close to that I would want to be like. I admire these women and their motherhood so much! and these women are always real around me. I have seen their kids at their best and I have seen them at their worst. I have seen both mothers at their best and their worst. they never try to hide anything when I come over or act differently because I’m there. They are REAL. I always leave their homes feeling encouraged. Knowing that they are incredible women that I would be proud to be like, but also knowing that they had dirty dishes in their sinks too. or they lost their patience with their toddler, or this or that. Knowing those things about these women makes me respect them so much more, and it encourages me to love my family the way they love theirs. Seeing them be real reminds me to focus more on loving, caring and teaching my kids then on striving for perfection.
At the end of the day I won’t ever succeed in being a perfect mom, but I can succeed in loving my kids with everything I have and making sure they feel loved, protected and cared for. THAT I can succeed in. and that should be my goal. Not trying to appear perfect, but trying to be real, and show real love, and real mistakes, and teach my kids about the real grace the God gives when we make mistakes. That is what is real, and that is what’s important.
This is the point of this series. and I hope that it encourages you today! :)
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