When God made me a mama, He grew my heart in unimaginable ways. I didn’t know it was possible to love a little one with such a big love, to be so incredibly exhausted, to laugh so hard, or to cry so much. God gave us a daughter who is all we’ve ever prayed for and more, and she is teaching us more about Him than we ever imagined.
I keep seeing these shirts on Instagram that say #momlife and “made for motherhood” and I don’t buy them. Because I don’t think I was made for motherhood – I’m really no good at it most days – and yet God is using all my weaknesses in it to bring me closer to Him.
I doubt I’ll ever be invited to speak at any motherhood conferences with that story, but it is what it is.
And on those days where I can’t imagine what in the world to do with a 4 year old who rolls her eyes at me and is – to be fair – sometimes smarter than me (you guys – she knows that baby oysters are called “spats” because of Bubble Guppies. What?!), my respect and appreciation for my own mom grows.
I learned how to work hard from her, how to tell a funny story and how to love Doctor Who. She knows when to offer advice, when I just need a hug, and when I just need 5 minutes of quiet by myself. I wouldn’t be where I am today, or the woman I am today, if it hadn’t been for her. Perfect? No. But exactly the mom God knew I needed.
Because perfect isn’t going to happen in this motherhood thing. Not in this house. But happy? We can do happy. We can laugh and do crafts and watch oddly educational cartoons. We can eat more chicken nuggets than we probably should, paint our nails, and ask forgiveness when our hard heads collide.
It’s not easy to find great gifts for Mother’s Day that have personality, but I’m loving this “pretty witty” line from Hallmark. Especially that coffee mug! Here are a few of my favorites you can check out:
- “Still The Queen” ceramic mug
- “Happy is the New Perfect” framed art
- “Happy is the New Perfect” wristlet
Would you like to win a few of these items for yourself? The fine folks at Hallmark are generously giving one of you a gift package that includes the framed art print, wristlet, and an assortment of greeting cards. To enter, simply leave a comment and let me know which item from the “pretty witty” line is your favorite! (for bonus entries, share about the giveaway on social media & leave another comment to let me know that you did).
I’ll choose a winner Monday, May 2! Good luck!
For another Mother’s Day giveaway opportunity, be sure to follow me on Instagram to find out how to enter to win a $100 giftcard to FTD Florists!