11 June 2014
Not Perfect, Better
Motherhood is funny, you know that? It's beautiful, and magical, and glorious. But at the end of the day, it's downright hilarious.
Of course there are the things you never thought you'd say, like "stop picking your nose," and "stop picking the cat's nose." There's things you never thought you'd see, like your newborn baby boy peeing in his own face and you're helpless because, frankly, you can't stop laughing. And there are things you never thought you'd do, like sneaking in to your son's room, ninja style, to trim him toenails while wearing a head lamp (because that's just downright brilliant).
Somewhere between the smiles of wonder and tears of exhaustion lives what I think is the most important lesson of motherhood.
Don't take it too seriously.
For example, this.
A moment enjoyed by a family. A wonderful weekend of memory-making. A father so happy. A mother so proud. And a child that just couldn't keep it together.
What you don't see behind us is a farm tractor that we so horribly ripped our son away from in an attempt to get a beautiful family photo.
It's not quite what I was hoping for. It's like a million times better.
Oh! There is the second most important lesson about motherhood - it's not always what we expect, but it's always way, way better.
Motherhood is funny. There are so many things about motherhood that will bring you to tears if you let them, but don't let them. Laugh instead. Ask for God's grace and patience instead. Thank Him instead. He's given you a beautiful, messy, blessed, hilarious life!