Real Mom Life
Several years ago, I found myself wrangling six kids in the grocery store. Two were Caucasian, two were Korean and two foster kids were African American. A woman came up to me as I tried to keep them from destroying shelves and rolling large fruits down the aisles, and asked me, “Are you the real mom?”
You betcha! With four core kids remaining, it remains a real mom’s life. From infertility to a full house, from joy to abject pain, from good health to cancer, from living at the corner of puberty and menopause, from high expectations to dashed hopes and dreams.
Today, with all our problems and imperfections, we still love each other deeply and completely.
Is real mom life hard for you? I have been there – crying by the side of the bed asking God – “Why aren’t things the way I thought they would be?”
But I also know God’s mercies are new every morning. They are free for my spouse, my children and me. His mercy allows me to see that things are exactly the way I need them to be to grow more, trust more, love more, and live more.
Are you looking for a little mercy and grace in your life? Would you like to live with the lightness of the peace that can fill your life?
It can come through real mom’s life where the mundane can become sacred, where disappointments can be blessings and where God’s love and mercy covers us no matter how much of a mess we think we are.
Do you live a real mom life? Do you feel that your heart is so full of love it may burst ….. your headache is pounding and your head may explode …. you don’t remember the original color of your kitchen floor ….. Mother’s Day becomes one of your favorite days …. a little hand clutching dandelions is more precious than the most exquisite flower arrangement ….you no longer gag when you have to clean up messes of gargantuan quantities of bodily fluids ….you can read the same story book 323 times over the course of time …. going grocery shopping alone with your spouse counts as a date ….your child’s behavior makes you soar with pride … your child’s behavior makes you shrink with embarrassment…. when you know the meaning of true love …. when you experience greater pain than you could have ever imagined.
I am grateful. I am blessed. I am also sometimes confused and disillusioned.
Stick around. Feel less alone.