…is something I have a high deficiency in these days.

Although I strive to “keep it real” on this blog, sometimes the craziness still doesn’t come through. I mean, sure, I’m there with my camera handy for many of the sweet moments. But no one happens to be there holding a camera when I’m stomping mad because my kids have ignored me for the ninetieth time in a day, or when they have left their soggy post-bath towels crumpled up on the floor for the 841st time.

Yes, I do believe that if I had my own personal photographer to capture our life right now, I think we’d have a bunch of pictures of me with those little cartoon puffs of smoke coming out of my ears.

In church a couple weeks ago as my kids were busy seemingly needing to be suction-cupped to some portion of my body at every angle and had yanked up my skirt for the tenth time in a row with their shenanigans and Lucy kept letting out her “chewbaka” yowl in the middle of the most quiet parts of the service, I tried to “go to my happy place” and remember that there are many joys in having children. Now, what were they again???

And then a “tender mercy” came along as Grace, with her vice-grip on my arm snuggled in as close as humanly possible to my side, looked up in my eyes and whispered, “I can’t wait ’til I’m a Mom.” with all the conviction and love in her voice you could imagine.

Well, that snapped me out of my impatience and my heart melted into those dark brown eyes of hers…

…for at least three minutes until another yowl came from Lucy, and someone spilled the colored pencils out all over the hard-wood floor.

But thank goodness for those little “tender mercies” to get us through sometimes!

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  1. We had our book club last night and reviewed your book. The best part was we had such an honest discussion about motherhood…the hard parts and the joyful parts. It was refreshing to talk with a large group of women the reality of it! Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. If you are deficient in patience these days you'd never be able to tell! You are one put together momma and I totally admire that about you! I also admire how honest you are about those little frustrations with motherhood. I think we all feel it at one point or another but are too afraid to say anything. Can I just put a ditto on my blog and refer everyone over to yours?!

  3. Oh so true..thanks for sharing… we will look back on those hairy carey moments and laugh one day… well, maybe not about the soggy towels on the floor…but we might miss them..or ..not… thanks for sharing..you are such a wonderful mommy…

  4. I only learned of you 2 weeks ago at TOFW and I can't tell you how much you have inspired me! Your talk at the conference was wonderful! As soon as I got home, I had to look up your blog. I have read it every day since. You somehow put into words exactly how I am feeling. Thank so much for sharing yourself and your wonderful ideas with us. I hope to be the amazing mom you are one day!

    And by the way, if you could somehow tell me where you got your watch, I would sure appreciate it. It is so beautiful! I have been looking for a nice watch forever and have not been able to find one I love. I saw yours at the conference and it is exactly what I am looking for. I would appreciate any details you could give me. 🙂

  5. Sometimes I think they know just what we need, they can feel it. My daughter does the vice grip every night in bed, so I won't leave. Its amazing how much they love us but at the same time she tries my patience!

    Cute post, thats why I love coming back to you!


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