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Why I Am Happy To Be An Ordinary Mom

Ordinary Mom

We all as moms strive to be extraordinary at what we do. Who doesn’t want to be that mom who can create every recipe and craft she finds on pinterest with ease? Who doesn’t want to be the mom who brings all the homemade snacks to the PTA meetings? The mom who is on time for every event and never forgets what day it is? Well, I don’t. I just find that I have more important things to occupy my mind with.

It isn’t that I don’t ever make a recipe I find on the internet and nail it. Often, I make homemade meals and snacks. And, yes, there are a few times when I bring my a-game with punctuality. I just don’t go out of ym way to do these things on a daily basis. I would much rather spend more time with my kids and less time being a perfect mom.

“There is no way to be a perfect mom, but a thousand ways to be a good mom.”

Why strive to be perfect when I can be good and still have some of my sanity left? Instead of perfecting every aspect of my life, I can instead enjoy every moment.
A perfect example of enjoying the imperfections is the bunny craft Kaleb and I attempted to make this morning. Last night I found a super cute bunny craft perfect for Easter. It was also one of the few we had all the materials for. This morning we sat down eager to see our finished results. It was a disaster. Nothing would stay glued. His googly eyes would not stick to anything. He was lopsided would not sit on his bum. Sounds terrible, right? Wrong. We had so much fun! The craft was far from perfect, but we had smiles on our faces the entire time. Nothing beats a good laugh in a sticky situation!

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This is the craft Kaleb and I tried to make. I am fairly certain the cause of this fail was our dollar tree glue sticks, but that’s a story for another time. Here you can find the tutorial and try it out with your little one! I’d love to see your end result!

Being an ordinary mom does not mean that I never have moments where things go fantastic. For me, it just means focusing on the enjoyment of the task, rather than making the end result perfect every time.

Are you an ordinary mom?

In response to The Daily Word Prompt: Ordinary

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Holidays

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

My all time favorite color is green so it comes to no surprise that this holiday makes me giddy inside! A fun fact you may not know, is today would be my Grandaddy’s 100th birthday! I never got him to tell me where that pot of gold is.

When I was younger, he was my all time best friend. My grandmother passed away when my mother was only a few months old. My grandmother on my father’s side passed away from diabetes when I was really young. My grandfather on that side was an alcoholic and a bit off his rocker from many years of war. My Grandaddy was my only grandparent. Many years spent hunting and riding through the woods. Every morning he was up before dawn and at Hardees for biscuits and gravy as soon as they opened. We had our routines we did together whenever possible. He taught me addition,  subtraction and multiplication.

I’ll never forget his love for his rose-bush. He had a rose bush that went up and over the house. You could touch a rose on the other side of the house. I have never found a rose that smells anywhere near as good as his did. He also had these odd trees that he called popcorn trees. I’m not entirely sure if that is what they are actually called, but to this day I have never seen any more of them. Around his house he had huge bushes of Azaleas. They were his favorite besides his rose bush.

Alzheimer’s set in and he passed away my 5th grade summer. I don’t think I ever cried so hard in my life. I lost my best friend. I wish I had a recording of his voice. More pictures. More memories. I cherish the few that I do have. As an adult there is so many things I wish I could have asked him and chatted with him about. Something that the entire family wonders is what year he was actually born. The Navy has him listed as being bon in 1917. Our Family Bible has him listed as being born in 1919. Some have speculated that he fibbed about his age to get into the service early which was fairly easy to do back then.

Whichever year he was born, today is his birthday. Happy Birthday Grandaddy! Hope you’re wearing green up in Heaven!

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( My Momma, Me, Grandaddy )