We do a lot of things for our children.
We drive them to sports and activities.
We sign them up for dance classes and music lessons.
We coordinate play dates with their friends.
We practice sight words and math problems, and make science fair displays with them.
We plan walks and bike rides and arts and crafts projects.
But sometimes, at the end of a long day, the best thing we can do is to be the soft place for them to fall.
This Valentine’s Day I may have lunches to pack instead of chocolate to eat,
I may be gifted messes instead of flowers,
I may be wiping away boogies instead of putting on makeup,
I may be dining on boxed mac and cheese instead of a restaurant meal,
I may have bedtime duty instead of a date night,
But my heart is full of gratitude because I am a mom to some special little valentines.
My journey as a “Heart Mom” began in 2010 when our daughter was born with a serious congenital heart defect (CHD). Within hours, she was transferred to a cardiac intensive care unit in a children’s hospital in another state. Continue reading
20 Things I Like More Than Dieting:
2. Scrubbing toilets
4. Waking up before the sun
6. Not stressing about food
7. Watching the same episode of PJ Masks eleventy billion times
8. Cleaning the cat box
9. Sitting in traffic
10. Enjoying food
11. Running uphill
12. Running uphill into the wind
13. French fries
14. Clipping my nails too short
15. Decaf coffee
16. Touching raw meat
17. Taking laundry out of the dryer
19. Being happy
20. Olive Garden To Go on a Saturday night
See this mess right here? This is how my family room looks currently.
This is how my family room looks often.
I know some of you out there are cringing at the sight of this. Toys are strewn about creating an unintentional obstacle course. A toddler chair is turned upside down just outside of the photo frame. Gazillions of tiny pieces of a variety of games and play sets are laying around EVERYWHERE.
It is a complete and total mess. I get it. Continue reading