Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less: Mommy Notes: Saying I Love You

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Mommy Notes: Saying I Love You

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Last Night I yelled at you. I got frustrated and yelled and may have freaked out a bit, since you blew up the bathroom once again and left it for me to find. I may have yelled because you lied about. I got frustrated because germs and yuck got on my favorite dress, as I plunge the enormous wad of toilet paper from the toilet. I was upset because it was bed time, but I knew this was a time to teach a lesson. I made you get out of bed and clean the bathroom with me. I did not do it with a smile. I was still angry at the disaster of a bathroom before me. Your sweet freckled face told me you were sorry. You scrubbed and I told you to scrub some more. The yuck was not gone yet. We cleaned the toilet, top to bottom and then moved onto the sink. I gave you a refresher course on cleaning your hands. I have no clue what you have been doing...but it seems it was a full on counter/shower affair when cleaning your hands took place. I disciplined and put you to bed. I was still upset....tired...going over my insurmountable to do list for the night......when a thought occurred. A still small voice whispered to me how lucky I was to get to be your Mom. I tip toed back into your room and whispered, “Hey...Hey are you sleep”. Your sleepy eyes looked up at me. I told you how much I loved you and that I thanked God for you every night. I wanted to make sure you knew what a blessing you were to me. Even on days when you grump around or you leave big messes for me to find, I love you. I thank God for you. I know that out of all the gifts I have been given, you are one of the greatest. Your Dad, brother, and you are the best things in this world to me. You are a gift I prayed for. I made sure you knew that tonight. We snuggled and I gave you nighttime kisses. I then walked to your door and blew you a kiss. You put it in your heart, since that is what we do. You reminded me tonight about how thankful I am to be a Mom. When you were placed in my arms, I was able to become better than I ever imagined because I had you. After I left your room, I went into your brother's and told him exactly the same thing I told you. I don't want you to ever go a day without knowing your value, your worth. I don't want you to go a minute without knowing how much I cherish and love you.

Being a Mom is not a pretty thing. It is full of pooh soaked dresses, tears of frustration, and monumental loads of doubt, but it is also full of pure joy at seeing little smiling faces. Absolute wonder at seeing munchkins explore and learn about the world around them. It is full of humbling moments, where you know that they are making you better. Together you are learning and growing.

Today I pray that we will all let our little ones know how very important they are. Don't just assume they know...tell them. Tell them about the day they were born and how you felt. Tell them about the first time they said “Mama”, and how you never knew one person could tug at your heart so fiercely. Tell them that you pray for them and thank God for them. Hug them tight and kiss their cheeks. Let them have no doubt about their importance to you.

Miss Priss and Bubba you make this world better. You forever and always are my children. I am thankful we are a forever family. I love you to the moon and back....forever and for always.

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XO Danielle

17 comments:

  1. From across the Atlantic and from the bottom of my heart, thank you kindly for reminding me what gifts our children are, and what it means to be a mammy. There was a time I was told I'd never be a mother and I try keep that in mind when I am busy wiping bums or cleaning yogurt from the tv (again!) xxx

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  2. Oh my, I am crying! My one and only son moved out yesterday, left the nest. I too have been in your situation, I only hope that I showed him as much grace and love in the difficult times. You are such a good mama!

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  3. I loved this post, it brought tears to my eyes. I like how open and honest you are with your feelings of frustration. Thank you.

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  4. when my 4 were younger and they would scribble on the wall or furniture (heck they stil do that...............) we gave them each a Magic Eraser and told them to SCRUB, They hated it, I hated it, But I wasn't the one who scribbled on the walls, they were, AND it didn't take too long before there were NO more scribbles. Teaching your kids that they need to clean up their "mistakes" is a great lesson, no matter how big or small the mistake was.

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  5. I was crying half way through this.. I have those same moments! but it's crazy how unconditional love works :) I go in their bedroom too and run my fingers through their hair and kiss their chubby cheeks.

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  6. I'm crying as I write this...thank you so much for the beautiful reminder of how precious our children are to us...even though they are a challenge to our patience sometimes.

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  7. That is absolutely beautiful and so true. Thank you so much for sharing those not-so-perfect moments that remind us all we're NOT perfect but we are exremely blessed with our beautiful children and wonderful husbands. It helps so much to see someone else have "those days."

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  8. Sweet and wonderful. I wish this was on the front page of the newspaper so all those Moms I see in the stores treating their children horribly (and I'm sure they are just as mean at home). It is hard work being a mother and keeping your cool. The important thing is to reach out, like you did, when you've gone a little ballistic.

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  9. Our kids must've been on the same wave length last night. My son pushed me to my limit and we were both ready to cry, he eventually did, but I somehow managed to hold it together. Disciplining is so hard, I just crawled into bed with him afterwards and we snuggled and I told him how much I love him and how important he is. He missed his Dad( we are divorced) so we called and left him a voicemail. I reminded him how even when he feels alone he never is, because heavenly father is always with us.
    Thank you for sharing, we are all human! Parents especially.

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  10. I loved this! It had me crying at work, and I am not even a mother! But growing older, I have begun to reflect on how my parents parented and sometimes the hardest lessons for them to teach were the most beneficial to me. I can remember breaking curfew one night and before I could go to bad, I had to fill 100s of Easter eggs for the following day and still be up for 8 am mass. I can tell you that I was never late for curfew again!

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  11. This comment have me goose pimples on my arms! Thank you for this and its very true. I tried very hard for my two children and they really are my miracles. But it is hard to remember that sometimes. I'm just putting my two to bed, it 7.30pm here and I've just told them I love them all around the world and back again. They both have me a big hug. Their little arms wrapped around me. Its the best feeling in the world. Thanks again. X

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  12. Talk about bringing a woman to tears! That was such a beautiful letter to your children and oh so true. I have so been there as I know every mom has been. I always say how thankful I am to have "these problems". They aren't problems at all but little blessings...

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  13. No books in the world can prepare you for realities of motherhood :) I'm so grateful, we are a "forever family " too! The gospel and Temple perspective gives you a whole different understanding of the true value of your family!

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  14. Tears in my eyes. Beautifully written!

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  15. This is beautiful! And I love the Mommy Notes idea. I am having my first child in January and I want to start something like this on my blog at that time, do you mind?
    I love how honest you were in this post. Of course you were upset and possibly overwhelmed. Anyone would be. But the ending is beautiful and very brave of you to write out. (My email is runtspickins@yahoo.com - I don't know how replies to comments work on these types of comment links.)

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