Not my favorite.
Don't get me wrong. I love my mother. I'm extremely grateful for her. For her unconditional love. For her love for the Lord. For her commitment to truth. For her meticulous record keeping. (Ha!) She's truly a fabulous grandmother - who not only loves her grand kids but pours her prayers and life out for them.
But when I read all of the sweet mother's day sentiments, something in me cringes. Maybe I'm just uncomfortable with the attention it brings to me as a mom? Maybe I just see myself more realistically?
Either way, I thought a list was in order.
I've been a list maker all of my life. I have my calendar, to-do list, and grocery list on my phone. But when I get really overwhelmed? I grab paper and pen and write it all out. I make lists for the day, the week, my kids (some of them aren't too fond of lists - go figure!), the house.
On the other hand, I really HATE those lists you see on Facebook all of the time. 10 things not to say to someone who. . . 12 things never to do. . . 8 things never to eat. . .
As if life isn't stressful enough, I'm supposed to remember all of that? How about giving me some grace? I may say or do the wrong thing. OK. I probably will. But it's not malicious. I'm just tired. And if you say the "wrong" thing to me? I'll give you grace, as well. Deal?
But this list is different. No guilt here. Just (hopefully) a laugh and a deep exhale if you're anything like me and feeling the pressure of being that perfect mom.
11 Things My Kids Will Never Say About Their Mother
1. She is so patient.
(They probably won't remember that I have grown in my ability to be patient. I guess they can discuss that with Son #1, poor guy.)
2. She doesn't lose her temper with me.
3. She responds so graciously when I make stupid mistakes.
(I'm learning. Beginning to understand that they need to be able to tell me anything and know that I won't lose it. But I'm still losing it inside, just FYI.)
4. I see her read her Bible every day.
(Oh wow. Just wow. I read these stories about moms who do this. I'm not sure how? I love my Daily Audio Bible, but the consistency in quiet times award goes to my Coach. I'm OK with that.)
5. She makes Sunday lunch for us every week.
(They WANT me to. But I probably get this done once a month. The other Sundays get leftovers or the Coach makes pancakes. It is what it is.)
6. She and my dad don't ever disagree in front of us.
(I hope I'm always respectful, but we LIVE life here. Our kids see it. I LOVE my Coach, but we have the freedom to disagree, which I appreciate so much.)
7. She never says bad words.
(You know this is a problem when your 8 year old hurts himself and says, "Oh Crap!" I'm not proud of this, just being honest.)
8. She is disciplined in every area of her life.
(I do some things very consistently. Workout. Run. But those cookies get me every time. Sigh.)
9. She keeps our house perfectly clean.
(You know. . . on second thought. . . they might actually say this. But their definition of "perfectly clean"? Lacking.)
10. She doesn't mind when our rooms are messy.
(See #9. Yikes. Even though I've let a LOT go over the last 20 years, this one still stumps me. HOW HARD IS IT?? See #2.)
11. She is always cheerful and encouraging.
(Some days there just isn't enough coffee. And I'm sorry, but if you are upset that you got a 98 instead of a 100 on your English test, you don't need to be encouraged, you're just goofy.)
So there you go. A guilt-free Mother's Day courtesy of Mrs. Troop. Pretty sure no matter what your short-comings, you are doing better than I am. And I'm OK with that.
I'm learning that being authentic and living out my faith WITH my Coach and my kids. . . being honest about my failures, being quick to ask forgiveness, loving the amazing people that my troops are, and trusting that God is faithful in spite of it all. . .
Well. That's what I really hope they'll say about me.
Today? I just want them to clean their rooms.
Happy Mother's Day to all of the dear Mommas in my life. Each of you bless me. I learn from you, laugh with you, and share life with so many of you and my life is richer because of it.