Friday, May 8, 2009

Because and Sometimes...

Because I am the authority, instead of the buddy.
And discipline is not always fun, but a requirement in raising respectful, obedient children.

Because I make certain fruits and vegetables are an everyday occurrence.
Even though we've been known to have Honey Nut Cheerios for dinner.

Sometimes I feel badly because my children don't know nursery rhymes or songs by Barney.
But then I hear them request Rilo Kiley, Addison Road, Terry Reid, or Ray Charles...and I'm thankful.

Because I make them pick up their toys every single evening.
When it would be much easier just to do it myself.

Sometimes we have dance parties in the living room, or play hide & seek in the dining room.
Because our house is a home, not a museum.

Because there are days when I choose to ignore the dust, dirt, and dishes.
When it would be easier to allow the television to babysit.

Sometimes I allow the television to babysit.
So that I can sweep, polish, and wash the dishes and loads of laundry.

Because I do not allow my children to speak to each other in an unloving manner.
And sometimes my children have to remind me to always speak to their father in love.

Sometimes my anger and frustration reduces my daughters to tears.
Because I allow self get in the way of parenting with a purpose.

Because I kiss and hug my girls at least 298 times per day...
...they know that no matter what happens in their lives, they are loved beyond measure.
By me...my their father...and most importantly, by God.

Sometimes I'm the world's biggest sap...
especially when it comes to my children.
Because I cannot express the depths of my joy at being their mother.


The day I became "Mommy."

The day I became "Mommy" again!
Happy Mother's Day, and happy weekend to each of y'all!





42 comments:

Gina said...

Yeah, Baby,
Because you rock,
Sometimes I totally love you in a very non-lesbian way.

Linda said...

Beautiful. Well said. I love the little hand hanging on to the railing of your bed in that second photo.

Happy Mother's Day ... your girls are blessed to have you!

Julie said...

happy mother's day to you too!

Amy said...

Happy Mothers Day to you Lula! I love your long hair in that picture! Have a great weekend.

Amy said...

Happy Mothers Day LULA! Have a great one :)

a Tonggu Momma said...

What a beautiful post, Lula... Happy Mother's Day.

Kat said...

You have such a gift with words. When you speak. And when you write. Happy Mother's Day to you!

Angie's Spot said...

That was an awesome sentiment! Happy Mother's Day to one of my fave moms in this world!

Kristina P. said...

I am certain you are an amazing mother. Happy Mother's Day!

sassy stephanie said...

You made me cry into my morning coffee. Sniff sniff.

Have a great Mom's day Leigh Anne!!!

Kori said...

Happy Mother's Day.

Love you.

jori-o said...

Lovely! Happy Mother's Day to you too!

Nicole said...

Happy Mothers Day to you too! I loved it.

Sun said...

;*)
love, love it !!!

Swirl Girl said...

This is why I Love YOU!!!

I am going to print this out , frame it, and give it to myself for Mother's Day!!

AWESOME!

Amy said...

Happy Mothers Day to you!

Brandy said...

You're awesome.

Happy Mom's Day to you!

Caroline said...

I'm crying. But its only because that was such a sweet post and not because I'm pregnant and have numerous hormones coursing through every square inch of my being.

True dat girl. Love it. Love you!

Happy Mother's Day

shortmama said...

Awwww love it!!

Live.Love.Eat said...

Not that it's a surprise and I would expect nothing less, but this is so beautiful. You have such a wonderful way with words. Happy Mother's Day!!!!!!!!!

Em said...

So wonderful.

Happy, Happy Mother's Day to one great Mama!

CaraBee said...

First off, how is it possible that your hair looks SOO good immediately after giving birth? It's all shiny and smooth. My hair was a crazy rats nest and I have the straightest hair ever. You are beautiful even under duress!

More importantly, though, that was a wonderful post. Your girls are lucky to have such an amazing mama.

Heather said...

Man, you are GOOD. What a great Mother's day post.

I'm with you on the being kind to each other policy. Definitely a rule in our house.

Happy Mother's Day, Lula!

Bekah said...

Your girls are so lucky to have a mommy like you!

Jen said...

Well said, Lula. Happy Mother's Day!

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artsyesque said...

Happy Mommy's Day, lovely!

artsyesque said...

Happy Mommy's Day, lovely!

themoonisdown said...

awwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!

happy moms day!

Christina said...

That's wonderful!
Happy Mother's Day Lula
and every other Mom out there too!

Melissa said...

Oh, I so needed to read this post. Thank you for writing such a great post about motherhood and all the it entails. I need to embrace all that God has given me everyday!!! We are blessed beyond measure!

Jen said...

this was beautiful, it really, really was. I hope that you have the best mother's day.

The Bayou Belles and Their Beau said...

Love it! Happy Mother's Day, Momma!

Cha-Ching on a Shoestring said...

I love that you are a sap--as am I!

Happy Mother's Day, Leigh Anne!

Heather said...

Awwwww...happy Mother's Day, sweets. Your post made me get kinda choked up!!

Ana Cristina said...

This post made me cry! I'm not a mother yet, but that doesn't mean I can't appreciate my own mother right here and now. This post reminded me of this.

Happy Mother's Day! :D

THE Stephanie said...

What a sweet post!! You must be a wonderful mommy to some very sweet girls!

angie said...

I think this is the sweetest mom post I've ever read. It's no surprise. But still. :) Happy Mother's Day!

DysFUNctional Mom said...

Beautiful! I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day.

Marrdy said...

That was beautiful! Happy Mothers Day late!

Vicki said...

Very good stuff. I'm going through rough times right now with A being the age that she is and R being the boss she is (wonder where she picked that up?) and it's hard to always parent in love, even when discplining. BUT, I can do all things...

Kelley said...

And this my friend, is why I miss you. Last Wednesday at our women's Bible study they were praying for the 5 of us girls' friendship and the symbol that the Lord gave the lady that was praying was that of a five pointed star...without your friendship Leigh, the five of us can't be that star that the Lord desires to use to shine. I miss you my friend and I love you much, I just wanted you to know this. Kelley.