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A Rainbow of Reflection on Motherhood

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching; and in honor of the big day I wanted to write something expressly for the heart of Moms, you know – because it’s trendy and mom’s dig that kind of stuff.  So I prayed that the Lord would give me just the right words to share if He so desired. “Hey, I’m a mom blogger,” I reasoned.  “I can do this.”

Well, I got nothing.  Nada!  Zip!

And while I didn’t come up with any new and original content, I did end up reading through some of my past posts about Mother’s Day and motherhood in general – and I really enjoyed it.  If each of my posts represented a color of a mood ring – I would have covered every color in the rainbow!

A Reflection of Motherhood
I posted about My Worst Mother’s Day Ever . . . about that time I had an epic meltdown in Walmart and hid in clothing racks so my husband and kids wouldn’t see me crying.  I was sulking because I felt I wasn’t being honored properly on the biggest mom day of the year.

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(Just so you know, I’ve matured since then – pretty much.  These days I don’t hide: I stand right in the middle of the isle and bawl.)

So it was only fitting that the following year I posted about my Fondest Mother’s Day Memory Ever because there have also been good moments.  This one is my absolute favorite! I share how an adult child’s words of affirmation swept over me and undid a lifetime of parental insecurity.  (It lasted for 10 minutes, but still.)

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Yeah, a gal can have a lifetime of parental insecurity when she starts out as a single mom at the age of 17 and then begins to reproduce like a bunny.  So motherhood got really tough and gritty and ugly!  But somewhere along the line all of that changed because it was a season that Christ helped me to weather. I had to learn that The Seasons of Motherhood are Like a Box of Chocolates – you never know which one you’re gonna get.

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And when you go through an extended, stinking parenting season like I did, or if you just so happen to be in the trenches right now and feel completely overwhelmed, you may start to think that enough is enough . . . NO MORE KIDS!  But before YOU decide to call it quits please consider: What if GOD Planned Your Family Size?  This reflection is about how my perspective on procreation and motherhood has evolved over the years.  Perhaps read and consider it before it’s too late?

I hope your Mother’s Day is everything you want it to be.  Whether your highlight is breakfast in bed, hand made crafts or having palm branches waved over you as you soak your feet and ring your waiter’s bell to summon the “help” for more grapes and hot water (work it, girlfriend!).  Just enjoy it.  And whatever you do, don’t have a meltdown if you feel like you’ve been jilted; because we’ve out grown that, okay?

Happy Mother’s Day!

Tiffiney

I’ve shared this post at these fabulous faith and family link-ups.

Comments

  1. Tiffany, thanks for being so transparent and for reminding us all that motherhood contains all the things you talked about and more, but whether up or down, God’s grace is sufficient for us! I’m pinning in the hopes that others will be blessed, too! I’m your neighbor at Beth’s Messy Marriage linkup. Have a great week-end!

    • Hello Donna, thanks so much for stopping by and pinning as well. It’s always a pleasure to link up with the Messy Marriage community!

  2. Your sense of humor cracks me up. I think we all have experienced the different “colors of the mothering mood ring.” If we were being honest, we probably experience them all on a daily basis. That is what makes it such an adventure and the greatest learning experience of our lives.

    • Hey Sarah: All of the colors on any given day? That is some serious truth, girlfriend! And yes, it really is an adventure! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Oh, I’ve been tempted to do the Wal-Mart thing, too! My husband once said that he didn’t have to wish me a Happy Mother’s Day because I’m not his mother. After giving birth to 11 children, I almost socked him on the nose! But I didn’t. 🙂 And he did get me some flowers later. 🙂

    • Oh Shelly, I really needed to hear that. You make me feel so normal. I laughed as I read what you shared. Thank you for being so transparent and down to earth. It really blesses a momma’s heart.

  4. I love the image of your crying in the clothing racks at Wal-Mart! I think we have all felt like doing this at one time or another!
    Cute post!
    I found you today on Raising Homemakers.
    Hope you have a blessed day~
    Melanie

    • Hey Melanie, I love that we hang out at the same link parties…not that ladies like us “hang out”. Let’s just say that we stopped by, shall we? And thanks for stopping by Welcome Home for a visit. It’s always so nice having you.

  5. It does sound like your Mother’s Day posts over the years have covered every “color” of motherhood, Tiffiney. I’m so glad that with each post you’ve found God to be the “Rock” for any instability you experienced in life. And I love the photo of you and your daughter! So precious! Btw, you look too young to have a daughter that age! You both sure are beauties!

    • Hey Beth! Yes, for me, motherhood has been a very “colorful” adventure, and God has always been my wheel in the middle of the wheel – as the beloved children’s song so aptly put it. I was a teen mom who had my sweet little Ashley at 17, which accounts for why I look so young. Thanks so much for your compliment – and thanks for stopping by.

    • Susan! I’m so glad that you enjoyed it! Thanks so much for stopping by and for being my neighbor at Wedded Wednesday. Woo hoo!

  6. Great to meet you! I’m your neighbor at Messy Marriage today and I love your sense of humor. Mother’s day can either make or break us each year, can’t it??

    • Hey Mary, it’s so good being your messy marriage neighbor. So glad that you’ve enjoyed the post. And yes, Mother’s Day seems to have a strange effect on me…up on year and down the next. I’m so challenged in that way! Thanks so much for stopping by.

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