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!

Check out the posts below and share your own mom wisdom, wonders, or confessions. I would love to send you The MOM Journey by email. Please enter your email address in the space to the right (below if you’re on a device).

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

  • Our Delicious Comfort Zones

    “Your comfort zone is the greatest enemy to your potential.” I can’t remember who originally said that, but I repeat it to my seniors on their last first day of high school to establish my expectations for the year. It’s quite serious, isn’t it? Unlike our hilarious guests today, Rhonda and Kaley Rhea! This mother/daughter […]

  • Don’t Wait for Second Chances

    When I wrote WAITING FOR BUTTERFLIES, I explored one of my greatest fears…not getting to see my daughters grow up. Today we have a guest on The MOM Journey who looked that fear right in the face. Alana Dawson, author of the devotional She Says He Says: Challenging the Lies We Say to Ourselves with His Truths, […]

  • That Undefinable Mom Quality

    A few posts ago we described the “x” factor–that undefinable something that makes for star quality–and I asked you to nominate a superstar mom to celebrate on The MOM Journey. The nominations came in, your stories made my heart full, and I quickly figured out there is no way I alone could choose. Each mom’s […]

  • Make This a Week of YES!

    Can I introduce you to Katie Cruice Smith, blogger and children’s book author? After reading her post WHO AM I? ANSWERING THE TOUGH QUESTIONS on The Mommy Factor, I discovered Katie’s heart for adoption and fostering, and invited her to guest post on The MOM Journey.  “Mom, you were the nicest mom today!” My little boy […]

  • For the Kid Who Doesn’t Get the Award

    The end of another school year is approaching, which means it’s time for teachers to figure grades and determine which names will be recognized during the academic banquets and who will be awarded the gold medals for achievement. These students are deserving of their honors. They read the novel instead of the online summary. They […]

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