When you growl but you shouldn’t have

January 25, 2013 in Five Minute Friday,lessons for moms,mom guilt

I stride through the house, pile of misplaced life in my hands. The evening pick up has begun. Again.

A half filled, half forgotten cup of milk catches my eye by the corner of the couch. Sighing. I drop my bundle and march to the stairs to call my girl who is happily drawing mermaids in her room with her sister. I am not a maid.

“Why is there a half drunk cup of milk on the floor by the couch?” My furrowed eyebrows and stern tone contain more than the question.

Embarassed, saddened by her mama’s wrath, she squeezes by me mumbling ,” I forgot again. I’ll get it now.”

An hour later, house picked up, night time snuggles begin. Scratching her warm back, He nudges me into asking forgiveness and sharing stories of all the things I forget to put away, daily. And of stories from my childhood of hiding snack wrappers and dirty dishes under the couch or behind the big box TV while watching Saturday morning cartoons. I whisper I love yous again and again until she rolls her eyes at me and, smiling, groans, “Mom, I know.”

Joining Lisa Jo and other word lovers in this 5-minute writing exercise, come join us! Today’s word: again.

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Amy L. Sullivan January 25, 2013 at 12:27 pm

“Pile of misplaced house in my hands.” Ohhhh, I feel you.

So glad to find you through FMF. I am mom of two girls too, and I always love to find other moms with the same passion, and hello, I’m already excited about a few of the posts on your sidebar: The Lateover solution and Five Lessons to Teach Your Girls about boys.

Yep, we are going to be friends. I feel it! Off to read.


Becky Daye January 25, 2013 at 3:04 pm

Surprising tears as the end of this for me- I can so relate! So easy to get frustrated with them and then the magnifying glass is lifted on my own life and my heart breaks!! So thankful for God’s grace and His patience with me on this mothering journey.
Thankful for your words and your beautiful heart!


Genevieve January 25, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Yes – I’ve done this so many times. It is amazing to me that God sometimes seems to ALLOW us to screw up just so we can have these redemptive times with our children. It is such a chance to give them witness of God’s grace.


Alia Joy January 25, 2013 at 6:56 pm

Yes! As a mother, how often do I just lose it? Finding half eaten bacon under the couch while vacuuming. Bacon! in a living room where they’re not allowed to eat. And yes, in reflecting back to my own childhood when I was supposed to be cleaning my room but instead shoved all my dirty clothes under the clean clothes in my drawers… Parenthood is one of the biggest reflections of unending grace, because we love them to pieces and bacon or half drunk milk will never change that. And sometimes we just need to say sorry to prove it.


Alexa January 25, 2013 at 8:30 pm

That has been me so many times. So easy to get frustrated with our little people. Thank goodness they forgive easily!


pruningprincesses January 25, 2013 at 11:22 pm

Yes. Thank goodness. If only I could change more quickly…..


Shanae Branham January 25, 2013 at 11:05 pm

You are great with words. I love this metaphor, “pile of misplaced life in my hands”. Thank you for this thought. pile of misplaced life in my hands


Nikki January 26, 2013 at 2:40 am

They do know, don’t they…still we need to say it. we’re sorry and we love them. again and again. I can’t think of any other way.

this was beautiful, friend. {HUGS}


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