Mommy’s measuring stick

It’s hard to believe, but in a matter of 2-3 weeks we will be meeting our daughter. I’ve dreamed of this little one for years, and so has Troy. But even better, God has dreamed of this moment in time when He would give us our daughter!

My pregnancy has been stress-free with wonderful doctor check-ups, regular weight gain (okay, okay, I’ve sure loved the sweets!), and other than nausea in the beginning; I’ve felt pretty great overall. With doing some contract work from home, helping Troy with business, and being a homemaker, it’s provided me with a time of peace before our little bundle arrives!

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Becoming a mommy at 35, there are umpteen people around me – wonderful mothers – that I have been able to glean from. Learn from. Ask questions of. And still at the end of the day, no one has all the answers, and everyone’s experiences (and kids!) are so different.

I wanted to share a snippet of a note from my sister-in-law, who lives in Michigan, as she shared some thoughts in a letter read at my baby shower. I read it again recently and it made me tear up, because it is oh so true. And I’m pretty certain there might be other mammas out there who need to hear this…

“…So, as a mom, it is all about Him (Jesus). While your adventure as a mom may take many twists and turns as you learn the ropes – remember that He defines success and failure. Every day will be one that is perfectly ordained by Him and a gift from Him. Remembering this will make the good and bad days all worth every drop of blood, sweat, tears, or spit up. You’ll get so many questions from other moms about how you are doing, what you are doing, what stage your baby is at, if they can crawl, walk, talk, eat on their own and subconsciously you may feel like you are standing next to a huge measuring stick. You are little peanut’s mom, living in grace, parenting how the Lord leads you and you don’t need to ever feel like He has made a mistake in how He’s leading you to parent or how she is growing and learning. He is ordaining every step of the way – not others…”

If you’re out there in the mommy world, or entering into it soon like I am, let’s remember that Jesus will show us moment by moment how to do what we need to do for our little ones. That although there are copious amounts of books, Pinterest boards and people who will tell us this that and the other, at the end of the day, God has entrusted these little ones to us.

As I look into her little room that awaits her wee body, I breathe a sigh of anticipation… I can hardly wait to see who she looks like, who she becomes, and how Troy and I grow on this adventure together! xo

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