That’s something that I’ve been telling myself a lot lately. So many days the laundry goes unfolded, the dishes pile up in the sink, I’m still in pajamas when Derrick gets home from work, and dinner is eaten out of a cereal box rather than from the stove. It’s hard raising twins. It’s hard raising children, one or more, period. But I am doing the best that I can.
Being a stay-at-home mom is not an easy task, especially when the days are turning cold, runny noses are flowing, and little tummies are churning. So, we all just do the best that we can. And that’s ok. Too often, we do NOT hear how much we moms are appreciated. Corbin and Lynley can’t express that. They need me. They wouldn’t survive without me. I know that I am doing a good job, but I’d like to hear it more from others. Wouldn’t you?
So, when you hear negative things from other moms or older women or men, who you know have been there, it stings deep. I was out shopping recently for new bed sheets, and I am never surprised by how many people come over to look at the babies. I have my candid responses, and not much throws me off because I usually get all of the same questions.
Until I got this comment,”Oh honey, you look tired.” Umm, excuse me?? You meant to say, “they must wear you out.” Right? That would’ve been a much nicer way at pointing out that I did not have time, nor did I feel like, applying my under eye concealer or mascara that day. I zipped out of the house with no more makeup than a light dusting of face powder and lip balm carrying two fussing babies. I’m doing the best that I can, and that’s what I should have said. Or, I could have said, “Then I must be doing my job!” But, I just meekly said, “Yes, I am tired.”
My outer appearance might be a little disheveled some days; my house may be a mess on most days; and we may eat cereal for dinner twice a week often. But, my heart is full. My babies are happy. We as a family are happy. We’re healthy. That’s all that matters. We’re doing the best that we can.
“My house may be a mess most days; we may eat cereal for dinner twice a week. But, my heart is full.” Click to tweet
Let’s encourage each other more. I challenge you to compliment a mom that you see out and about. Don’t just tell her how cute or smart or well-behaved her children are, but say something nice about her, even if it’s just complimenting her shirt. Or go a step further, and tell her she’s doing a great job because we all need to hear it every now and then, and chances are you will turn her day around!
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
“Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day” 2 Corinthians 4:16 Click to tweet
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