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  • My Definition

     
    Me Defined.   
    I don’t play.  There are too many ways to live your “own life” nowadays.  People justify their indiscretions by using the age old excuse, “well, if s/he hadn’t done this…I wouldn’t have done…blah, blah.”  Please.  Now, the tone of this post is going to sound a little harsh and I don’t pull out this side of me very often but, I feel the need to share.
    When I first became a mom four years ago (four!??), I was completely out of my element.  I was so lost it was laughable.  I knew the basic duties of being a mother.  Feed, change diaper, change clothing, bathe…but after that…what was I supposed to do?  Well, I started figuring it out really quickly when little tantrums started popping up.  I needed to train my child.  And once my child was trained, I could add to my child’s life additional skills, people, social, and ethics.  But my child needed a firm foundation from which to build off of.  
    Oh.  So THAT’S what else I needed to be doing other than the basic “let’s-keep-this-child-from-starving” mothering.  Hmm, more than meets the eye. 
    Butand this is going to be a big one.  How does one put into their child what they, as individuals, are lacking? Before I give the impression that I was a hedonistic, barbaric neanderthal, I wasn’t.  But, I was a little rough around the edges.
    Let’s jump ahead to the present.  Now, I have worked on myself for the past few years to make sure I’m the best example my son and daughter could have to pattern themselves after.  I can’t wait for the day my babies whisper in my ear, “Mommy, I wanna be just like you.”  
    So, they define me.  If you want to know who I am.  Look at my children.  I am putting all of me into them.  Not only me, but my husband too.  They are me and I am them.  I don’t have time to make excuses for my short-comings there isn’t enough time in the day.  I need to FIX those parts of me because my children are counting on me.  I would rather err on the side of caution than to risk it all because of semantics.  So, call me what you may, prudish, close-minded, rude, judgemental but you aren’t in my house.  My children are my responsibility and, ultimately,  I have to answer for the way I raised them. 
    God.  Help me.  Amen.
    23 Sep 2010, 2:35pm
    by Jaime @ Like a Bubbling Brook

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    "I am putting all of me into them."

    Loved that. If only more mamas would pour themselves into their children rather than expecting everyone else to!

    And where we fall short, God's strength and grace steps in.

    He's so good :)

    27 Sep 2010, 11:17pm
    by JulianaConsuelo

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    Wow Mish…..All I have to say is that I will be printing this out and putting it in my prayer journal because this is how I want to be when I become a mother. (I'm stacking up the "help me to become" prayers now, so when the time comes…..well)

    P.S. Thank you for being awesome

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    by Anonymous

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    by Anonymous

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