Bring The Joy To Motherhood
I counted to 10 in my head for the third time….it was humid & hot at the zoo! I had stood in line and bought an icee and funnel fries for my #threemuskteers and was dripping in sweat. They of course were running around me like crazy hyenas and someone had squirted a packet of applesauce all over the wagon. The youngest had lost one of his shoes and was now running around with one shoe on and one shoe off. I could feel my calm slipping and I could see the red starting to blur my vision. I was about to jump off the cliff and totally lose it in a mommy meltdown.
Hence, the counting….and plenty of deep breaths. I grasped for my patience said a prayer and counted to 20 this time. I somehow managed to calm them down and remember they were hungry and hot as well. We somehow made it to a table and had our treats with our veggies because I resort to bribery to get more veggies in my musketeers. This is my #momlife at it’s finest. But here is the thing…..before I would have totally jumped off that cliff.
These days I have learned my mom triggers and have also learned that no matter what happens my kids look to me for direction on handling the tough situations. I have been working to being an exceptional mom for my kids. This means I am learning to parent in a way that is comfortable for me. I have stopped (well mostly) comparing myself to other moms, caring what others around me are thinking, and most of all trust in the fact that God gave me these beautiful children, and we are meant for each other.
Then the most amazing thing happened I relaxed into the moment and enjoyed our time. We finished off the snack time and headed to finish our zoo trip. During this trip my husband sent me a text stating “looks like rain moving in at 3:30pm”. My first reaction was to pack everyone up and head out. But then my #threemuskteers wanted to see the giraffes, so we decided to chance the rain and made our way to the giraffes.
The sky’s did indeed open up but the kids got to feed all the leftover lettuce to the giraffes and dance in the downpour with their friends. Their Joy was so apparent as they laughed and sung in the rain. We made our way out of the zoo and proceeded to get soaking wet from the warm summer rain. The kids were so funny and had me laughing til my sides hurt. There I stood in an elevator with three soaking wet kids and my t shirt plastered to my body and laughed with true Joy.
I am extremely thankful for the journey of Motherhood. #Motherhood has become a choice for me to show up each day and reach for the exceptional. When I fell tired and overwhelmed I reach for Joy. I both choose and bring the Joy to the day. I am learning to LOVE the woman I am becoming. Each day I watch her grow and push her boundaries, and choose Joy!
Til Our Next Adventure,