Mother's Day is right around the corner and I've gotten together with a group of bloggers to bring you a giveaway and blog hop that we are hoping will bless your socks off!
We not only hope to bless several moms with some pretty awesome giveaway prizes, but we also hope to bless many more moms through the Letters to Moms Blog Hop (that you can find at the end of this post), where each participating blogger is writing a 'Dear Mom' letter. These letters will be anything from a letter to our own moms, a letter to ourselves, a letter to a mother figure, or a generalized letter to a group of moms, such as weary moms, hopeless moms, expecting moms, single moms....... Maybe one of these letters will speak to you!
So please, hop around to the many other bloggers below, and of course enter to win the giveaway too - there will be 4 winners with the total prize value over $1000!
I recognize you. In fact, I know you very well: The slumped shoulders, the weary sigh, the posture that says you can't possibly do it for another moment. "It" being carry it all.
This mothering business is tough work. On our best days, we are pushed, pulled, prodded, poked, asked, and demanded of more than feels humanly possible. On our worst days, every moment that ticks by feels like an eternity, like we won't make it through.
Those days that start wrong and end even worse seem to be more frequent. Those teachable moments slip through our fingers as we snap when we don't want to, don't listen when we should, and feel like we've failed. Again.
The laundry piles up. The dinner burns on the stove. The calendar is too full.
Emotions rise. Frustration peaks. The tears fall.
We wonder if we're cut out for this. Are we really the best for our children? Are we ruining them?
And just as we're about to give up, give in, throw in the towel...that moment.
It's in the middle of the messy house, dirty dishes, missed deadlines, and burned dinner that we see clearly.
When we're down to the last drop of strength and resolve. When we believe we've failed this time.
We look at our child and see the unadulterated love in his eyes. We watch her eyes light up at the sight of us as they raise their arms in the air and call out, "Hold me!"
Finally, it all makes sense. We realize it's not the spotless house, the folded laundry, the gourmet dinner, the impeccable timeliness or anything else that really counts.
It's them: our children.
They look past the fluff and see us. They stare right into our souls and love us for who we are, not what we do.
And we remember that the Lord made us the mom of these precious treasures. He entrusted us with these jewels and our time with them is short.
God gently reminds us that we aren't perfect, only He is. He whispers in our ear that He loves us and He is enough. His strength is made perfect in our weakness.
As we reach down and allow those little arms to wrap around our necks, all that other stuff that seemed so important now suddenly pales in comparison. You see, in their eyes--at least for now--we are perfect.
So we lay down our expectations, our self-diagnosed failures and we simply focus on them.
Please hear me, mama. Raise your chin, square your shoulders, and look me in the eye.
YOU...you are important. No...scratch that. You are irreplaceable. In his eyes, you are the sun and the moon, In her mind, you are her hero.
His greatest joy is your presence. Her greatest fear is that you won't be there.
You will stumble and fall and screw up aplenty--to be sure--but you'll get back up and brush yourself off.
Because, mom...you don't give up. You can't give up. There's too much at stake. And that little guy is holding out his arms, waiting for you.
And now for the giveaway!
The prizes will be as follows -
Prize 1 - Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer
Prize 2 - Slow Cooker
Prize 3 - Keurig Coffee Maker
Prize 4 - ALL 3 of the prizes above
Each winner will also win a digital copy of I'd Rather Be Your Mommy by Stacy Farrell
Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter: