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Dressed For Success: Before & After Motherhood

Remember back in the day, before you entered the world of motherhood, what dressing for success looked like?
Full makeup, carefully coordinated outfits accessorized perfectly, ready to take on the day and put your best foot forward. Yeah. I remember those days…

Then suddenly, I find myself standing in line at the grocery store where I am almost always lost in my own little world, trying to visualize the shopping list I left at home.  Counting and recounting the kids to make sure they’re all there, and explaining repeatedly why “you can’t have that.”

But from time to time in those rare moments when I can slip out of the house for a quick trip by myself, I have much more time to, what’s it called…oh yes, hear my own thoughts!

It’s during these all too rare solo shopping trips, that I become hyper-aware of everyone around me. Most likely due to the fact that after 20 years of “momming”, my brain is now hardwired to work overtime focusing. And as a parent, I’m probably a little too observant, out of habit of course.

I can step back and get a glimpse of the world around me, which can be hilarious and be revealing all at the same time. I can easily spot “myself” in the crowds multiple times and simultaneously decipher approximately what stage of life people (specifically moms)  are in.

We, of course, do not all experience the same things at the same times, but you can get a general idea.

I remember when I became a mother to my first child, there was not a day that missed getting dressed and putting on my makeup. Even with the exhaustion of having my first newborn, I wouldn’t be caught without “my face on”, especially at work!

Soon enough, baby number two made their debut, and I found myself only “going all out” with my looks when I knew I would be leaving the house…then baby three…and four…and finally baby number five.

By the time baby five arrived, I had already mastered the messy bun before it was even a thing!

At one point during this not so flattering transformation, I got pretty down on myself with the typical negative self-talk I’m sure most of us are guilty of at one point or another. You know, the “I’m not pretty anymore, why even try”, kind of self-talk. Then on to the, “well I’m just too busy”, self-talk, and finally the realization that I was just not taking care of myself properly. The all too real phenomenon of moms putting themselves last all the time.

So now, with that realization, came another. Full makeup, carefully coordinated outfits with accessories or not, we are still dressed for success, but the focus has now shifted from our success to theirs.  And I’m totally okay with that!

Now excuse me while I go brush my teeth….four hours after already being up…

 

 

Bless This Southern Mess

A dear friend made this adorable mason jar door hanger that is currently residing in my kitchen, but the title of this blog is referring to, umm, me.

As I sat at the kitchen table, stressing over all that I failed to accomplish that day, trying to plan for my daughters 9th birthday party that was in just six days (wow, how time flies!), trying to figure out what to make for a homemade gift at our homeschool co-op Moms Christmas party, as well as penciling down each child’s grade level Christmas party dates and times, I took a long ragged breathe and looked up.

There was my friends’ cutesy door hanger. I couldn’t help but wonder in that moment..”was she thinking about my house, or ME when she made this??” Probably me. Yes, I’m sure of it.

Real talk! Aren’t we all a mess?? I mean, aren’t we? I get serious anxiety when I think about the “perfect moms” out there, with their perfect houses, perfect husbands, and perfect kids! I have the joy of rubbing elbows with many of these perfect moms at our homeschool co-op that we have been part of for nearly 5 years now. However, it’s just in the last six months that I have been making a conscious effort to get to know the other mommas a little better. Let me tell you…we are all a mess in our own messy ways. Every. Single. One. Of. Us.

The ladies in my mind, who I have perceived as “perfect”, would probably laugh until they choked if I ever told them how I had envisioned them in the not so long ago past! But like diving too deep, the realization that these phenomenal females were a whole lot like me in many ways, was the best breath of fresh air!

We are all giving it our best, and that IS good enough! My best advice when you’re feeling like a momster who is falling apart, is to approach one of the women you see as “having it all together”, and ask them simply, “Are you feeling as big of a mess as I am?” I feel confident in saying they will surprise you by not being as perfect as you presumed. You will probably laugh together, cry together, and offer each other great advice!

Sometimes we just need to hear each other’s stories. Remind each other that we all struggle, (homeschool mom or not, this goes for all of us!) and laugh with each other as we swap war stories!

Stay blessed ya’ll, and embrace the mess!

 

Post Surgical Menopause : What They DON’T Tell you

“Your body will wake up from surgery and in a sense, it will be 25 years older. It will be shocked.”

That was pretty much all the information the doctor gave me before I was wheeled back for a radical hysterectomy when I was 30. Oh, how I wish I would have done more research. Talked to more people who had been through it. Written down questions to ask the doctor.  But, I did not. Hindsight is 20/20. I was utterly unprepared for what was coming.

The surgery was inevitable, but at least I would have been a little more educated as to what was fixing to happen to me.  I was told at 15 this surgery would need to happen, sooner rather than later, and I had put it off for as long as the Doctors would allow.

Yes, I was one of those “lucky” women who has no idea what getting back normal results on her pap smear feels like. Trips to the Gynecologist every 2 to 3 months instead of once a year..

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Let’s Not Confuse Homemaking with Maid Service..

In this day and age (oh my God, I sound old) there seems to be a bit of confusion in a lot of households about who does what.

I see it and hear about it and yes, I even live it. Moms, and especially stay at home Moms, are now being confused with a 24-hour maid service.

THIS IS JUST WRONG!!

I am a homemaker. I love being a homemaker, I love everything about it. The time spent with my family, the freedom to homeschool my children, the cooking, and to a certain extent, I even love the cleaning. But we have to put our foot down somewhere.

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