I am always tempted to share my favorite posts way too often when I have a surge in FB likes, so I thought I would consolidate all the best parts of my favorite blog posts in one place for new followers to get a feel for my blog. All the post titles are linked to the full content of each post, so please click and read whichever one might resonate with you. First off, from myhome page, which is sorely neglected visitor-wise, here is a part I love:
Sometimes, we moms are chasing the elusive ‘great, amazing, super mom' title and not catching it leaves us feeling inferior. Other times we are bombarded by the idea that we should feel great just the way we are and refuse to judge ourselves, or anyone else, which can cause stagnation in the quest to become our own personal best. I am working on putting my God-given talents to the best use while accepting my natural limitations and I hope you will join me.
My personal favorite posts tend to be those that deal with anything 'big familly' related. It is difficult to find a huge audience for these, but I have a ton of fun writing (and rereading) them.
A favorite item on my list ofSigns You Have a (very) Large Family is #10:
"Most people still say, "Congratulations!" when you announce a pregnancy, but their faces say, "Are you freakin' kidding me?!?!'"
I am sure all the two kid parents are thinking, "Oh crap, does my face give it away that badly? 'Cause, yeah, that's totally what I was thinking!"
And #4 from my Signs You've Been Having Babies Too Long:
"The thought of someday not having to worry about anyone's bowel habits but your own seems strange to you."
Seriously, what will I talk about? About half of all conversations I have eventually make their way around to poop.
I had a hard time choosing between a couple parts of Motherhood: Then and Now, but finally settled on this as my fave comparison:
"Then: You wanted to crawl in a hole and die when your child threw a tantrum in public and mostly worried about whether the lady in aisle 5 thought you were too mean or too nice, rather than if you actually handled it effectively because you had no idea anyway.
Now: When your child throws a public tantrum you take advantage of the fact that most people mistakenly assume you’ve got this mom thing figured out better than they do since you have been at it for eternity. Therefore, you are mostly worried about if you handled it effectively. You still have no idea. It all reminds you that there is a good reason you usually wait until his big sister is out of school to watch a movie in the car with him when you grocery shop."
Some of my other favorites include those that involve a more serious note, but of course not entirely; I have found I struggle to write anything completely serious! As a bit of an English nerd, I love analogies so I picked that part of Sorry I Can't Be a Loving, Christian Mom Today, I'm Cleaning Your Room.
Imagine me as a can of pop and imagine each moldy cup, each airsoft gun pellet, each Polly Pocket shoe, each piece of trash, each musty towel, each long lost single shoe stuffed in a toy purse, and each hour of the kids' TV watching and Wii playing as a little shake. I will not go into all the horrific details, but I'll just say about the third week in, the kids flipped my tab by claiming I was "starving" them by refusing to buy ice cream and snow cones at the ball field each day.
Next up is No the Dishes Aren't Done, But That FB Abortion Debate Was Worth It which I feel is the only truly GOOD thing I have written since I became obsessed with increasing my Facebook likes instead of writing!
A good Christian mom gets up before her children for daily devotionals and reads scripture at the breakfast table, right? I, on the other hand, curse at the clock under my breath and yell at my kids too much. I do not comprehend how those sweet, lovely ladies get their children tomove. Someday when I die; it best be after 8 am because I have concerns about my status as a Christian before that time each morning.
From my potty-training page, my favorite pieces are those from the imagined voice of my 5-year-old son, who was three at the time I wrote them. Ways to Manipulate Your Mom and How to Drive Your Mom Bananas If She Buys a Potty Monkey are two posts I wish I could magically put in front of every mom who is at her wit's end in her own potty-training debacle. My favorite excerpts are:
"Discuss embarrassing things in public bathrooms so that when she rushes you and you later poop your pants, she thinks it is her fault. Try things like, 'It is time for you to poop now, mom!," "The poop is owie!," and "That little turd is big enough! Give me the candy!"'
" I was having so much fun playing with my new toy, but then my mom had to go and ruin it by asking ME to go sit on the big potty. Can you believe her? The nerve! I had a huge fit and then that monkey disappeared for awhile."
Last but not least, I must include the most popular post on my blog, which has been shared about a hundred times more than any other: So You Want to Be a Better Mom? It's an infographic, so you will just have to click to check it out!
I am the mother of seven children ranging from teens to a toddler, living out in the middle of nowhere, USA. I aim to hone the craft of giving advice without pretending to have this whole mom thing figured out. I am Christian, but not the really nice kind that is good at it. I am also conservative, but I promise not to be in your face with political agendas very often. I like to infuse humor into my writing, so don't freak out if you are offended or appalled by what you read here. There is a very fine line between serious advice and sarcastic hyperbole.