Welcome to The MOM Journey!
where moms aren’t perfect and that’s perfectly okay
You know THAT MOM? Sure you do. She’s the one who posts pictures of her organic, all-natural family dinners infused with superfoods. And when you drop in unannounced, her house looks like a magazine shoot. Dust doesn’t even know where she lives. Pinterest exists so other moms can compete with her homemade costumes, repurposed furniture projects, and the 99 things she can do with blue Dawn and vinegar. She makes yoga pants look great and mastered the eight angle pose. She has time to play with her kids, she can do the math homework, and she never forgets bedtime prayers.
CONFESSION: I’m not THAT MOM. I’m this mom. My girls, Randi and Kelli, think hot dogs and mac and cheese are a nutritious meal, and the girl at the drive-thru knows my voice. This week’s mail is stacked on the counter, last week’s laundry is still in a laundry basket, and I’m not sure blue Dawn and vinegar can cut the mystery stain on my carpet. Pinterest depresses me. I tried yoga once, and I didn’t even know what an eight angle pose was until I googled “difficult yoga poses” a few minutes ago. I wish I’d played more when my girls were little. I quit helping with math homework about 6th grade. And…sometimes I forget bedtime prayers.
Now, I don’t dislike THAT MOM. I don’t wish a strong wind would carry my excess dust to her house or that she’d get stuck in downward facing dog for, oh, thirty minutes or so. No, in fact, sometimes I try to be THAT MOM, and I can do it…in spurts. Short-lived, well-intentioned spurts.
But sometime during my 20 years of momhood, I decided I’m okay with being this mom. Then something unexpected happened. I was freed of guilty clutter and able to do what a mom does best…love her kids!
So whether you’re THAT MOM or this mom, a new mom or an experienced mom, will you join me on The MOM Journey…where we don’t have to be perfect? Let’s learn from each other, laugh at ourselves, and do momhood together!
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FRIENDLY DISCLAIMER: All opinions in my blog are expressed with humility. I’m not an expert…just a mom trying to keep more tally marks in the win column than in the loss column.
Thanks for joining me on this journey!
From the blog
Not much infuriates me both professionally and personally as much as this phrase, proclaimed by people who would not have graduated from Kindergarten if it weren’t for a teacher: Those who can’t, teach. When I hear that insult–even jokingly–or see it posted on social media, I wish so badly those folks would spend a week […]
“When do you rescue your kids and when do you let them make mistakes?” A friend asked me this question at church Sunday. I wish I could say I had a brilliant answer, but if you’ve been hanging around The MOM Journey for a while, you know I wrestle with this question myself. This mom […]
Do you remember the first time your child spent the night away from home? An over-nighter with Grandma and Grandpa doesn’t count. I’m talking about the sleepover at a friend’s house, that milestone event that pushed your child’s independence level up another notch… right along with your separation anxiety. Do you remember the feelings? Packing […]
This summer is a season of milestones for our family. Randi turned 18 and graduated from high school. Our family vacation was minus one because Kelli had a fabulous internship in St. Louis. But she got a vacation–5,200 miles away on her first overseas mission trip. We celebrated her 21st birthday last week, and next […]
If you look at our careers, it’s probably no surprise this mom and dad approach discipline differently. I’m a teacher. I instruct, encourage, nurture, and allow room for improvement. Hubby is a state trooper. He examines the evidence, labels actions as right or wrong and, when called for, administers justice. In the classroom, my approach […]