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Thankful on a Thursday - Motherhood.

As you are probably aware by now, I don't really write on matters of motherhood. This is for a lot of different reasons... some of which I can divulge at your request, but regardless... I just don't really do it.

But today... well, today has been a DAY. One for the record books here in this house. And it's only 2:45pm.

All before I sat down for some lunch:

I've been pooped on.
I've been peed on.
I've been puked on.
The boy refused to nap.
The boy refused to eat.
The laundry is still wet in the washer.
I never got a shower.
He wanted to be held, so I held him.
But he also wanted to be on his tummy, so I put him down.
He screamed at everything.

But now... NOW, my friends, I have victory. He is napping.

And I am tired.

As I sit here, exhausted and drained from taking care of a five month old who just didn't want to stop today, I can't really do anything but giggle and be thankful.

I'm a mommy!

My little boy, Rowan, knows me as his mommy. He loves me. No, actually... he ADORES me. He squeals in delight when he catches my eye and he flashes the cutest gummy smile you've ever seen.

It's the greatest job in the world, being a mom. Even though I have to wipe poop off my hands and pee off the side of the changing table... even though I pass by my full washer & throw on a dirty pair of jeans for the 4th day in a row... even though I haven't showered and I can start to smell myself...

I am happy. Joyful. Overwhelmed by God's grace and His blessing.

I am so thankful today.

What are YOU thankful for this Thursday?
Please share your Thankful on a Thursday post with the link sharer below!

81. The ridiculous moments of motherhood.
82. Good reminders that the grass isn't always greener on the other side.
83. The way he prays for us at the beginning of meals & in the darkness before sleep.
84. A long, hot shower after a long, weary morning.
85. Sunshine peeking through the clouds... at this very moment.
86. Good, wholesome movies that provide deep belly laughs. 
87. I have a husband with an adventurous heart.
88. I see my grandfather's face showing in the smiles of my boy... and I'm reminded of his kindness.
89. Eugene Peterson and his work, "The Message."
90. Grace, Grace, Grace is new every morning, with every breath.


  1. This may seem a tad selfish, but I love that Kirsten gets this glow when she sees me. I spend all day with her, so she knows me best, so we are working on her relationship with her daddy. But she knows me.... she lights up and has this sparkle when I go in to get her in the morning! I love love love that we have that special bond!

  2. It's good to hear about your mommy side, it's part of who you are. Thanks for sharing!

    Isn't The Message great? I have the remix version and I just love it. I actually had it on my thankful list last week :)

  3. I'm thankful for an awesome indoor playgroup that we go to every Thursday morning, for two healthy, adorable babies that had a great 2 year well-child check up today, for the sunshine this afternoon, for zumba class tonight (one of my all-time favorite workouts) for my bike, "Lucky" and a great husband who does all the maintenance on the bike and bought me all sorts of lights so I can ride her safely at night!

  4. we love the way you write - great post!

  5. I too am thankful for you! for being you and learning what its like to be an at home mom, I had a little plaque given to me many years ago, and it goes like this....

    Cleaning and scrubbing can wait 'till tomorrow,
    for babies grow up, much to our sorrow.
    So quiet down cobweb-dust, go to sleep.
    I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep.

    although, I have mostly been a fussy housekeeper, I feel I was most fussy with my children and dear Daughter, this I will always be thankful for!

    I am also thankful for the spontaneous photos you send to me and the love you still share with me.

    I am also as of today thankful you Dad was in town to help me with a flat tire!

    Love you!

  6. gah, i love these!!! i need to participate next week...and every day for that matter! :)

  7. Wow! This is a great post! I'm going to participate next week, too! I love your positive attitude and, even when you had a hard day with your little boy, you remembered to be thankful! It's hard to remember that sometimes! Love it!