What My Children Teach Me

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“While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.” -Angela Schwindt

“You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.” -Franklin P. Adams

I love to open up with my favorite quotes or quotes that inspired me to write a particular blog. What I find interesting is that I found very, very few quotes on what children teach their parents and a TON of quotes about parents teaching their children. I guess this was surprising to me because I seem to find that my children teach me just as much as I teach them. I just have to be open to learning.

My boys have taught me:

To love with crazy, reckless abandon. Give big hugs and wet kisses. Running so fast to Keep on Reading!


Taking Out My Yard Stick……

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Theodore Roosevelt said, “comparison is the thief of joy.” The funny thing about this quote is I completely agree with it. I mean, it is one of those quotes that you just want to pull a “Tom Cruise” (AKA jump on a couch and shout it from the rooftop, or would the correct term be couch top?) Anyways, you get my point. However, just because I totally feel Theo with this comment does not mean I don’t compare myself to others. It is so easy to do!

The situation is always ripe for some fresh comparison. I mean, the world makes it so freakin’ easy to compare yourself to others. All you have to do is look online, Facebook, commercials, TV shows, movies, the magazines at the checkout lines, or the other moms ANYWHERE you go……..” look at me, look at me!! Don’t you wish you were more like me?” 😦 😦 At least, that is what they say in my crazy, little head. (Mmmm….note to self, maybe calling yourself crazy isn’t the best way to get readers.” Eh! Who isn’t crazy these days?!?!

I think this is even harder for moms. You don’t just find yourself comparing yourself to other moms, but sometimes you also find yourself comparing your children. (I know that sounds horrible. I don’t do this often, but I vowed to be honest with this blog.) Let me clarify, I don’t mean that I would want any children other than my own. I mean, more like the material stuff. I am really bad about comparing my physical appearance and success up against other moms. For example, my son has to be at pre-k by 7:45 am Keep On Reading!


LONG Mommy Day…….

Like a boss

Being a mom (or parent) is exhausting.  HAHAHA!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Exhausting is an understatement. Can I get an “AMEN?” In fact, as I sit here writing this I’m on my 3rd cup of coffee and it is only 7:45 am. I’m feeling a little like a zombie or Mombie as the term is sometimes used. Let me tell you about my day yesterday and that will explain why my rear end is dragging a little more than normal this morning…….zzzzzzzzzzz

Oops, sorry. I dozed off there for a minute. Here we go……

Yesterday (Thursday) started off like a normal day for us since my oldest started pre-k. I woke up about 5:45 and started getting myself ready. I remember thinking to myself that I heard my oldest sneezing and coughing a bit during the night, but he has allergies like me (lucky boy) so I didn’t think much of it. I got both my boys up at 6:15 and got them fed, dressed, teeth brushed, etc…..and we were out the door by 7:15. I got Nikola to school by 7:45 and then Sagan and I headed to get groceries. We went to HEB and Wal-Mart because the grocery stores can’t seem to get it together to make it easier on parents and have the same things! HA! So I had to go to both to get everything on our list. Then we headed home, I got the groceries unloaded and put up just in time to leave at 10:45 to go pick up Nikola.

11:15 am

I pick up Nikola from school, thinking “Yay! We get to go home and stay this afternoon. No errands!”

NOT!! Keep On Reading!


Mom Shaming: What Ever Happened to it “Takes a Village?!?!”

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“Some mothers are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same, and most mothers kiss and scold together.” -Pearl S. Buck

“There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.” -Jill Churchill

“I think we moms should pledge to never judge one another. We’re all desperately trying to do this mothering thing right.” -Lysa Terkeurst

“You are a good mom, my friend…even if like me you’ve had a few bad moments… you are still a good mom. Let’s live in that truth today.” -Lysa Terkeurst

“You cannot control the behavior of others, but you can always choose how you respond to it.” -Roy T. Bennett

I’m going to start off by saying this is a post that I have been wanting to write for a long time, but I have been praying that I find the right words. I believe mom shaming rears its ugly head at least once for all mothers, especially new mothers. Mom-shaming is real and I completely believe it is a form of bullying. According to the Urban Dictionary, mom shaming is “criticizing or degrading a mother for her parenting choices because they differ from the choices the shamer would make.”

When I was pregnant with my first, I remember feeling strong and empowered. Keep On Reading!