Motherhood is a Tough Gig

Being a mom can be hard.

There are some days where being a mother is overwhelming, challenging, humbling and tiring. It is filled with stress, strain, and guilt.

Do you know the feeling? You have a good day, and then the next is a disaster. You find your patience and then you loose it. You feel okay about your mothering job and then wake to see your inadequacies blaring back at you like a giant spot light.  

All the while knowing that you are responsible for your children's physical, emotional and spiritual well being. And that their futures lie in your hands. No pressure.

Around these parts it has been a long month. We have had breakfast for dinner too often and I am pretty sure my kids think their clean clothes will always be unfolded in the basement instead of in their drawers. I have felt stretched too thin and out of sorts.

And then.... just when I think the sun will never shine and the challenge is too great,

our baby climbs on my lap to snuggle for a story...
our five year old wants to give me extra hugs...
and I overhear our children "sharing" in the basement while they play.

It is then that I am able to see through the intensity that is motherhood.

It is then that I am reminded of how rewarding motherhood is.

It has provided me an opportunity to love with an intensity I didn't know was possible...
laugh so hard I can't breath...
cry for joy until my head hurts...

It is a refining process that stretches me to my limits and provides opportunities for great growth.

There is nothing that shows me my strengths and weaknesses faster than being a mother.

There is no where I would rather be, and nothing I would rather be doing.

No matter how long and hard the day, my greatest joys have, and will always come from this challenge of raising children.



  1. well put. i, and i'm sure so many others, can totally relate.

  2. What a sweet post. Thanks for the reminder. What a crazy and wonderful ride huh?

  3. Great post! Motherhood is SUCH a tough gig! :) I hate when I lose my patience and feel like the worst mother in the world, but then there are those "ah ha" (sp? :) moments when you know that they love, they forgive, and that you are certainly the best mommy on the planet in their eyes. Motherhood is tough, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

    Thank you for the reminder! :)

  4. So there with you. I feel like the past couple of months I've barely been keeping my head above water. I am so grateful for those good days that remind me why I am doing this.

  5. I love this. Thank you. On days when my little guys is cranky and into everything all it takes one little love from him to make it all worth it!


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