Thursday, October 15, 2009


I've had a hard couple of days. I've just been struggling a little. And THIS POST is really what I needed today. Thanks for writing it, Anne-Marie. Why did I need to read it? Because being a mom is hard.

It's easy to look back and see all the things you used to do.

I used to work. Sometimes I think it would be really nice to have a full-time job again, one where I actually get paid. With money.

I used to travel. I LOVE to travel. Discovering a new place and seeing how other people live, it's just magical to me.

I used to do whatever I wanted. I didn't have to worry about kids or babysitters. I decided what I wanted to do and I did it. It was great :)

Sometimes it seems great to be involved in lots of things, to get a "break", but you know what? It's not worth it if my family suffers for it.

I love being a mom.

It's fulfilling.

Maybe not in the same way as working or traveling, but it is so wonderful when your hard work is paid off with a gummy smile or an excited "Mommy I went pee pee in the potty!"

It's hard to stay focused on the positive things when your day is filled with wiping little bums and changing dirty diapers. But you know what? It's worth it.

It's worth it because of this:

And this:

And this:

And this:

That's why I love being a mom. And if there is something taking too much focus away from my family and preventing me from being the best mom I can be, then things need to change. Priorities need to change. These {precious} years at home with my kids are few and I don't want to look back and have any regrets.

I know my posts usually consist of few words and lots of pictures, but writing this post was really therapeutic for me. There just may be more posts like this in the future :)


Lara said...

Beautifully said, Michelle. I think many of us feel this way. It's hard.

Amy said...

Here here! I agree and we are blessed because of what we do! Your girls are beautiful!

Anne-Marie said...

Something is in the water lately...My post, Lara's post, now yours...

But, I think we all agree that Motherhood is a mixed bag of emotions. After vomiting all day long, I just went in and took a peek at my beautiful children sleeping. It is worth it. But, it is hard. I so agree-one of my biggest motivators is that I don't want to look back at my Mommy years & have regrets.

Beautiful post Michelle!

Harris Family said...

I totally agree that motherhood can be hard, but fullfilling at the same time :)

The Bruces said...

I also have felt like this a time or two I look at some of my friends who are married and have no kids and they seem to have s much fun all the time and there I times when I wish I had that, But if you were to ask my friends they always say that I am the lucky one with my wonderful family and I agree it is the best not always easy but the Best!

Hansen Family said...

You are not alone sister...some days (weeks?) are just harder than others. Then we get that really wonderful moment and we forget the week prior!
Here's to all of us who work at being a mother harder than any job we have ever (or will ever) hold.
BTW - love your fall bows!
Call me if you feel this way again - I am pretty sure I would relate ;-)