Sometimes these posts just get the best of me, I have to admit. I started one weeks ago and keep adding and changing it and I’m just never happy with it enough to push “publish” on the post. All this blog stuff can so easily take over our lives, Jennie and I constantly fight to keep a good balance and some days are easier than others. There are a lot of people who find a great way to run a business at home and put the time into it for it to be successful. We did dip our toes into Wildtree and while we love it, we just don’t have the time to devote to it. At the end of the day, there’s just no amount of money or incentive trips that are worth me taking that time away from my kids.
I would rather sit and read the same book over and over again to Luke ALL day long and put everything down to nurse Emma and look into those big blue eyes instead of “making calls” or “checking emails”. This especially hit home for me today when I got a graduation card from our neighbor with a baby picture next to her graduation picture. You blink and suddenly your “baby” is graduating! I wouldn’t miss these precious moments with my kids for anything.
Luke came home with this for me today and on the back it read:
Notice it doesn’t say “I love my Mommy because she’s a good business woman” or “…good at cleaning”. All that matters to our kids is that we are PRESENT and that when they whisper our names we aren’t too busy to hear them and coming running. More than anything I want my kids to remember that they come first to me, no matter what. This isn’t “spoiling” it’s vital. Still to this day, when I call my dad he will walk out of a business meeting when he sees me calling. Very often, I call him just to say “hi” when he’s traveling. Having a parent that you can rely on and have that connection with is ALL kids need…even when we are all grown up!
This post in NOT about whether you work outside or inside the home. I know plenty of working Moms who try to make every moment count with their kids when they are home with them and my hat’s off to them for working all day long and they come home and STILL have energy for their kids!
Give yourself a pat on the back this Mother’s Day and remember that you ARE doing a great job. I’ll be the first to say this “Motherhood” thing is not easy…it’s a journey. Stop and take a mental snap shot of your beautiful family this weekend…and look how quickly your little ones have grown. Take it all in Mamas!
I also want to congratulate all the NEW Moms who will be celebrating their very first Mother’s Day this year! Congrats! And for those of you, and I know there are many who have yet to become Mothers or are grieving this Mother’s Day after miscarriage or loss of their sweet little ones. I will be praying and thinking about you in particular over this weekend, for so many this day is joyful and for others it is torture. You are in my thoughts.
Happy Mother’s Day!