If you follow us on instagram, you may be aware that our little Eloise and Violet's favorite stuffed animals, Panda and Piggy, disappeared this week. Both. Together. It's almost like they put their heads together and executed a joint escape. Considering the girls have slept with them every night and naptime since they were 8 months old, you can imagine how well it went when we they found out their favorite snuggle buddies went on vacation. Needless to say, after about 24 hours of searching, we broke down and bought new ones, which they happily accepted much to our relief!
It's moments like naptime when their favorite buddy is nowhere to be found, middle of the night wakeups when nothing but rocking will do, breaking up arguments over who gets the "blue plate"....and all the moments in between that we sometimes need a little boost to get through with our sanity intact, amen? Read on for another inspiring installment of "Mama Mantras."
“In a world where you can be anything, be yourself.”
I always come back to this quote that my Momma gave me when I was growing up. It’s such a beautiful reminder that the possibilities in this wide world are limitless, but no matter where your heart takes you – stay true to you. I’m endlessly grateful for the trend of powerful mantras promoting not only authenticity, but also self-love. As mamas we give our all to our babies and our families, and it’s so vital that we don’t lose ourselves in doing so. Be yourself. Love yourself.
-- Claire W.
As a military wife and working mom, I have several mantras that inspire me and help me every day, but my favorite one is this (from Oprah Winfrey): I trust that everything happens for a reason, even when we are not wise enough to see it. When there is no struggle, there is no strength.
-- Liezl J.
"Help [your children] to find the wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life. Show them the joy of tasting tomatoes, apples and pears. Show them how to cry when pets and people die. Show them the infinite pleasure in the touch of a hand. And make the ordinary come alive for them. The extraordinary will take care of itself.”
- from The Parent's Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents by William Martin
-- Christine G.
My grandfather, Richard Gilpin, used to say, "If it's not fun, make it funny." As a mom, there are many things that don't quite fit the definition of "fun". I cannot make dirty diapers, exploding laundry and piled dishes fun, but I can make them funny. It's all about choosing the joy and recognizing that my little ones will mirror my attitude. So, put on some music, make a silly face and tackle those challenges that just aren't fun.
-- Courtney M.
You might feel tied up, but you are wrapped up in the abundance of God’s Grace. And that place of spills and kisses? It’s Holy ground. If I could say one thing to the young momma behind me: Your feet are tied up for a reason. Walk slowly. The years are precious and fleeting and littered with the gifts of His grace. Let those babies tie you up with their chubby arms around your neck. Know that your kids don’t need you to be perfect, and they don’t actually need Pinterest-inspired anything. And, Momma, it’s okay if you limp. Because if you are leaning on Jesus, your kids don’t see your limp; they see Jesus walking with you.
-- Haley H.
Live in the moment, every moment.
-- Carrie D.
The most important work you'll ever do will be within the walls of your own home.
- Harold B. Lee
-- Jen Deschamps
A year or two ago, I read this from Ann Voskamp and it continues to stop me in my frantic tracks, slowing my brain and stirring my heart: "Motherhood is a calling to come closer, not a command to be more."
-- Ashley W.
Our mantra is 'Group Hug". About a year ago, my eight year old son starting asking for a group hug every night when we would all get home from work or school and we stick by it every single day. The group hug reminds us to slow down and to live our best life together.
-- Jennifer B.