By: Jennifer Murray

Because Sometimes We Need Some High Fives in Motherhood…

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Yesterday was my 7th Mother’s Day, but I’m far away from figuring out this motherhood gig.  How did our moms make it look so easy? 

It’s a game of trial and error, making something out of a mess, and asking for forgiveness in the process. It’s a dance of receiving grace and extending grace. (And sometimes it’s not the most elegant or pleasing to watch dance.)

We need those cheerleaders on the sideline telling us “good job” even when we know how miserably we’ve failed.  We need a hand to pull us back up, when we sink with guilt and defeat.  We need a cold cup of water when we are breathless. We need some high fives and “atta girls” in this thick, sticky, and tiring race when we feel like throwing in the towel. We need a pat on the back just for getting through another day.

There is no prize money or accolades at the finish line, but the rewards are hidden in the race.   Perhaps it’s come in the form of a smile during a midnight feeding, or a hug after you’ve bandaged a knee, or a fist bump after a soccer game, or a thank you from a teenager who you didn’t know noticed your extra effort, or maybe it’s another mom who holds the door so you can make a quick escape with an uncooperative toddler.  It may be found in realizing that you’re more courageous now than ever.

Let’s continue to rally one another and cheer each other on, instead of throw darts of discouragement or judgment.  Let’s stand on the sidelines with grace and reassurance, because this motherhood race is a marathon, not a mile.

And after all, high fives, fist bumps, pats on the backs and applause are free.

3 Responses to “Because Sometimes We Need Some High Fives in Motherhood…”

  1. Jan
    May 13, 2013 at 1:11 pm #

    Thanks, Jen! I’ve had a year of feeling like a complete failure in the realm of motherhood. We all need to constantly be reminded of our own need for grace from others – and we already and consistently have it from God! So…back at ya!

  2. Sandra
    May 13, 2013 at 1:15 pm #

    Wish I’d seen you at the Mini. I love it when kids work the water stops. I always pass up adults if there is a kid working the water stop. It just makes my race to see kids excited along the course!

  3. Tami Wieder
    May 13, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

    Give yourself lots of grace. Someone only needs to spend about 10 minutes with your boys to see that you and Brad are doing an awesome job. They are delightful young men!! They are polite and articulate, they make eye contact, they love people, they are helpful and sweet, they smile, they enjoy everything!!! You guys have already earned about 4 million sparkle star points!! (Probably more than that.) So, when you feel like subtracting points, don’t do it!! Look at those sweet smiles and tell yourself you are doing GREAT!!!

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