Welcome to The MOM Journey!

where moms aren’t perfect and that’s perfectly okay

You know THAT MOM? Sure you do. She’s the one who posts pictures of her organic, all-natural family dinners infused with superfoods. And when you drop in unannounced, her house looks like a magazine shoot. Dust doesn’t even know where she lives. Pinterest exists so other moms can compete with her homemade costumes, repurposed furniture projects, and the 99 things she can do with blue Dawn and vinegar. She makes yoga pants look great and mastered the eight angle pose. She has time to play with her kids, she can do the math homework, and she never forgets bedtime prayers.

CONFESSION: I’m not THAT MOM. I’m this mom. My girls, Randi and Kelli, think hot dogs and mac and cheese are a nutritious meal, and the girl at the drive-thru knows my voice. This week’s mail is stacked on the counter, last week’s laundry is still in a laundry basket, and I’m not sure blue Dawn and vinegar can cut the mystery stain on my carpet. Pinterest depresses me. I tried yoga once, and I didn’t even know what an eight angle pose was until I googled “difficult yoga poses” a few minutes ago. I wish I’d played more when my girls were little. I quit helping with math homework about 6th grade. And…sometimes I forget bedtime prayers.

Now, I don’t dislike THAT MOM. I don’t wish a strong wind would carry my excess dust to her house or that she’d get stuck in downward facing dog for, oh, thirty minutes or so. No, in fact, sometimes I try to be THAT MOM, and I can do it…in spurts. Short-lived, well-intentioned spurts.

But sometime during my 20 years of momhood, I decided I’m okay with being this mom. Then something unexpected happened. I was freed of guilty clutter and able to do what a mom does best…love her kids!

So whether you’re THAT MOM or this mom, a new mom or an experienced mom, will you join me on The MOM Journey…where we don’t have to be perfect? Let’s learn from each other, laugh at ourselves, and do momhood together!

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FRIENDLY DISCLAIMER: All opinions in my blog are expressed with humility. I’m not an expert…just a mom trying to keep more tally marks in the win column than in the loss column.

Thanks for joining me on this journey!


From the blog

  • I Can’t Stand the Pressure

    There’s just something about the sound of shattering glass that instantly freezes your body in place. Except for your head, which snaps sharply in the direction of the sound. One day glass shattered, my head snapped, and there stood Kelli in the front yard, her 8-year-old face paralyzed with guilt, her BFF Kristen standing beside her, […]

  • I Need a Break!

    There are no words to describe the FRENZY we call “the end of a school year.” But there is a word to describe teachers: EXHAUSTED. And this one is too exhausted to muster the creative energy to put together the post she had planned for this week. So in lieu of a post, I decided […]

  • I Thought It Was Obvious

    “Which is the gas pedal, and which one’s the brake again?” Not many questions cast me into deep prayer as quickly as this one, asked by my daughter sitting behind the wheel of the car while I, helpless, sit in the passenger seat, wishing my flimsy seatbelt were a race car harness, and checking to […]

  • Some Motherly Advice

    A few posts ago I asked you to share the best “mom” advice you have received, and I promised to share some “mom” wisdom of my own. So here it is! This isn’t the most important advice I ever received. And it’s not the most life changing or even that profound. But it is one piece of […]

  • You Won’t Believe What I Wanted for Mother’s Day

    My girls were one and and three when my hubby asked what I wanted for Mother’s Day. I remember looking at him–hesitating–wondering if I would really say out loud the answer exploding inside my exhausted head. I tried to think of a more acceptable answer–a mani/pedi maybe, or a Kohl’s gift card, or a piece […]