2.18.2011

parenting and becoming a mom, especially of a preschooler, has taught me to see things differently in more ways than i can enumerate.

while you may see a front yard constantly cluttered with random balls, pillows, and a bat- i see a house where my girls spend nearly every afternoon gallivanting around the yard waiting to see who can spot daddy's car first as he rounds the corner home at the end of the day.

while you may see a child wearing a disaster of an outfit and wonder if she realizes her shoes are on the wrong feet- i see a little girl whose budding personality drives her to seek out all things 'dark pink', that proudly dresses herself the minute she wakes up in the morning, and has mastered putting on her shoes all by herself.

while you may see a mother irresponsibly using treats as a bribe- i recognize a mom doing her best to make it through the grocery store with three babes who knows the power of a doughnut.

while you may see a lady with random stains on her shirt and a messy ponytail- i see a mom who has been able to let go of perfection and who knows her children only look for her smile to warm them, eyes to comfort them, and hand to hold onto no matter what she is wearing.

while you may see me and think i'm keeping it all together- i know how fragile our peace really is and how much i appreciate every day we make it through with laughter and hugs.

i've never been more happy to be given a new perspective on it all. and never more thankful for the 'under 4 feet' crowd who is determined to keep me young, silly, and seeing things their way.

14 comments:

Kessler said...

love this. that is all. :)

Staci said...

this is beautiful mollie!! thanks for the reminders =)

mollie said...

thanks :) i wanted to write this after seeing a guy walking down the sidewalk eyeing my yard o' crap with disdain. it was all i could do to not call out to him 'sorry to junk up the neighborhood with all this fun!'

Dania said...

This is so perfectly said. And much needed perspective after a disaster of a lunch out where I was most definitely "that mom".

Laura Wilcox said...

This is exactly how I feel and am proud to feel! Thank you for putting my crazy life into beautiful words!!!

Elle said...

Wow, so beautifully said! :)

Anonymous said...

AMEN!

Anonymous said...

Word :)

Erin said...

Love this!

Isabella's Mommy.... said...

Nicely put!!

Alissa said...

I just love how you put into words what so many
mom's are going through on a daily basis!!

Katy said...

I'm going to steal this! I love it so! It speaks volumes for my life today...and somewhere in there I need to address the child standing on the table. Thanks for a beautiful sentiment.

Kristin said...

i stumbled upon this blog and just read this entry. wonderful sentiments and so eloquently said. i have a 3 yr old lily and an 8 month old baby boy. this rings so true with me! thanks for allowing visitors a glimpse into your life. it looks beautiful!

Jessica and Brett said...

"...I know how fragile our peace really is..." So perfectly said.