It's a 7 day work week and a 24 hour work day. No experience is required but expectations are high. Results and appreciation can be expected 20+ years into the job. And did we mention there's no pay?
To all the mothers out there, we're endlessly grateful you took on one of the hardest jobs in the world. And you made it beautiful.
You create culture.
You shape character.
You teach how to love and what to love.
You are tired and yet somehow joyful.
And we're very, very grateful.
To the mothers - creators and shapers of homes, relationships, laughter, and sweet memories - thank you.
Really, thank you.
Here are just a handful of the mothers who inspire us (and who can inspire you daily on Instagram). Enjoy. And Happy Mother's Day!
#wilcobrave you have saved me countless times over the past couple years. Your words, your encouragement, your silliness, your affection & your unconditional acceptance has kept me afloat in some of the lowest months of my life. I am forever grateful that God uses you in big ways even now. I am proud to be your momma. Proud you are my son.
the kids are home on spring break this week, but i wanted to share a positive parenting tip we do with stella and her lunches for school. there are little mantras we say before she leaves for the day, words like “you are brave and you are smart and you are kind” but sometimes we write those out too as is a tangible way for her to know that her daddy and i believe in her. she’s still learning to read, but her teacher shares these notes with her and she looks forward to them. it’s really sweet. do you guys tuck notes into lunches? i love that it's a simple but meaningful way to connect with our babies during the day! @babyboybakery how do you pass on the good? #GoodIsMade @Quaker #sponsored 🍎📝💛
There's an Adonis blue butterfly bush I had planted by the girl's window almost five years ago when we were renovating the farmhouse. I wanted butterflies by the girl's windows that they could see and enjoy. I never told them about the bush and honestly I forgot about it over the years. This morning I found my little Emmie sitting by her window looking excitedly at the bush and saying "Here she is! My little hummingbird comes every morning mom!" First, I didn't know she looked out for her bird every morning. Second, I forgot all about the bush and never told her if she looked out the window she would see the prettiest butterflies and hummingbirds gathered around it. It's hard not to think this is a lot like parenting... You sow seeds early on and work hard to be intentional and then over time you move on to new lessons and challenges. Then one day you look up and the seeds you planted in your little children's hearts are now in full bloom. Be encouraged today to keep pressing in and tending to their hearts. It will be worth it.
In the past week or so, I've started asking myself this simple question, "Do I have an ABUNDANCE of energy for this?" My default is to work from a place of "just barely making it" when the reality is, that's no way to live a life. It is OKAY and in fact, most desirable, to not end each day on Empty. It is okay to reach the end of a day and feel peace, to feel like I still have something leftover. It is not just okay, it is GOOD. This thing called Thriving? It must be protected. And if it needs protecting, it's worth fighting for. It's worth downsizing the grocery list mid-shopping trip because, things don't always go to plan and sometimes the tank is running low and, it's okay to not be able to pick up all the slack. And it's been in those moments where I can pause, get perspective for a second and think, "Can this wait? Can I have someone else do it? Or do I want to do it because it MUST be done (those things are really so very few)? Or do I want to do it because I have an abundance of energy for it?" It has been so freeing. So magical to just pare down the day to the essentials and the most pleasurable. To not think that every time we are out running errands I must squeeze in "as much as possible" and then be kicking myself later that I wasn't the Super Woman I maybe thought would just-so-happen happen to surface from nowhere after 5,639 tries before?? Anyway, it's a good question. I dare you to ask yourself it today when you look at the days "plan" or are thinking about improvising/making a spontaneous addition to your workload. --- #cincinnati #thisisotr #parenthood #gentleparenting #trust #selfawareness #peace #simplify #simpleliving #smallhome #peacefulparenting #gentlemothering #bekindtoyourself