My Motherhood Is…

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One of my favorite things about motherhood is that as much as it’s a personal journey it’s also so uniting at the same time. We all go through the ups & downs. They may be a bit different for each one of us but I am sure we share so many similarities.

My Motherhood is…

…is a white t-shirt (most perfect tshirt ever) and jeans more often than not

…is being tired 99% of the time

…is messy and beautiful all at the same time

…is having way too many toys inside my shower

…is always eating meals that are cold

…is having a heart so full it wants to explode

…is still listening to the Veggie Tales cd way after I’ve dropped Rowan off at school

…is doing workout videos while trying to do a burpee over top of a crawling little one

…is wanting to have time alone yet never not all be together

…is having a Mary Poppins size purse that we could probably live off its contents for multiple days.

…is having spit up or food stains from tiny fingers on my clothes and not caring. It’s too much trouble to change

…is so excited for bedtime to come, but as soon as they are sleeping longs to hug and kiss them again.

…is crying at the drop of a hat when it comes to anything about my kids.

…is fully believing that I have the best/cutest kids in the world

…is sometimes so boring yet so overwhelming all in one day.

…is laughing until crying over the funny things that Rowan says

…is singing Phineas and Ferb (or Frozen lately) super loud with Rowan while cooking dinner

…is choosing to spend any money I used to spend on myself on the girls with out even a second thought.

…is drowning from the piles of laundry that need to get done

…is knowing how to carrying groceries, a baby, a diaper bag, my phone, keys and the hand of my toddler through the parking lot without dropping anything

…is being able to pick out the cry of my baby instantly in a busy room of other kids

…is staying up way too late to try to get everything done

…is not being grossed out by pretty much any of my kids bodily functions

…is digging deep and finding the patience to answer the 100,000,000th question Rowan has asked me today

…is thinking that every stage I come to with my kids is the “best” stage they’ve had yet.

…is knowing just where to tickle both of them to make them laugh uncontrollably

…is feeling weepy over seeing Kev become hands down one of the best Dads out there.

…is waking up countless times through the night to give water, to find teddy, to bring to the bathroom, to scratch a back, to tuck in, etc… even though I can barely keep my eyes open.

…is a daily reminder of God’s love for us as his children

…is dreading the day when you will have to let them go and live their own lives

…is being covered with stickers or temporary tattoos on any given moment on any given day (and yes, that is a temporary tattoo on my arm)

…is so blessed beyond belief.

My Motherhood is a whole lot of things all rolled into one giant roller coaster and it’s the best ride I have ever been on.

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JEN; Tshirt: c/o Everlane, Jeans: Madewell, Boots: TJMaxx | Rowan: Overalls: H&M, Headband: Little Hip Squeaks, Shirt: H&M | FINLEY: Dress: Gap, Scarf: Little Hip Squeaks, Moccasins: Freshly Picked

  1. these pictures are adorable…and I can relate to every single point you made πŸ™‚

  2. You write beautifully Jen. I can’t wait to become a mother, it seems like one of the best things in the world.

  3. Those are such beautiful thoughts on motherhood! πŸ™‚ I am very happy to have come across your blog and by the way, you might actually do have the cutest kids out there! πŸ˜€

  4. I love this so much. I’m a relatively new mother (my daughter is 13 months old.) and something I really struggle with is wanting alone time, but never wanting to be away from her. Wanting date night with my hubby, but wanting to bring her along too.

    I love everything about this post. And I completely agree. Motherhood is sooooo different for every different mother, but it’s still kind of all the same. We all have good days and bad days and worries and struggles and triumphs and successes.

    It’s kind of the same for people in general, though isn’t it? We’re all so different, but then, we really aren’t. We’re all kind of the same, too.

    Sorry for the long comment. Your post just really spoke to me this morning.

  5. I love how you captured the contradictions that are part of motherhood.

  6. Jessica •

    Love this post! Our kids are the same age so I can totally relate. Being a mom is the greatest and hardest career I’ve ever had!

  7. Beautiful! You look ah-mazing and the girls are just cuter every single time you post a pic. PS. I didn’t know you had a tattoo!?

  8. i’m not a mommy, but i love this blog and i love the way you integrate it all into one. cutest kids ever award πŸ™‚

  9. Crystal •

    Wow that is perfectly, beautifully stated and true as difficult as it can be to put into words you managed to write what many of us feel. Loved it and love being a mom thank u!

  10. i LOVE this! so much truth πŸ™‚

  11. Alainna •

    This is great!

  12. Ahh! What a fun temporary tattoo – Tattly?! I absolutely love this post, as I always do, and I think my fave pic is you looking down smiling with the one little spriggy pony tail of Rowan on the side of the pic! Adorable! Your fam is so beautiful and I love seeing you share your faith in Christ more lately too!!

  13. What a great post! I’m constantly amazed at the range of emotions that I can feel for one little person, and simultaneously =]

  14. Lindsey •

    Thank you for this, Jen. I just found out that I am pregnant with my first child last week and I am (finally! sorry, I am shy on the web) de-lurking (if that’s what it’s called) to say thank you for this post and all of the other posts you write so beautifully about motherhood. I am sure that your words will mean so much more once this baby is out and about in the world, but please know that even now, they are a huge encouragement. xoxoxo

  15. “…is sometimes so boring yet so overwhelming all in one day.

    …is laughing until crying over the funny things that Rowan says”

    I HEAR YA SISTA! πŸ™‚

  16. So love this, even though I’m not a mom. I love reading what brings everyone joy – it’s such a feel-good way to procrastinate at work!

    Love the temp tattoo – if you don’t mind, what does it say over the anchor and where did you get it? I’m not too proud to admit that I’m THAT person who still loves her sorority symbol long after college and so I’m kind of dying over the anchor…

  17. Ahhh… your family is so precious! What a darling post. Made me smile. πŸ™‚

  18. yes to all of these. boring and overwhelming at the same time? yes. trying to exercise at home only to have a kid hop on my back as I’m trying to do a downward facing dog? yep. listening to the veggie tales even when the kids aren’t in the car? yes.. as much as I hate to admit it.

    love this post! πŸ™‚

  19. I love this! And it is all so true. The pictures of you and your girls are all so fun and beautiful.

  20. Lexie Hanks •

    I loved this! Motherhood is so beautiful and exhausting.
    I’ve been on the hunt for a good white t-shirt, or even just a good t-shirt in general, I think I’ll order some of these! Do you have a referral link so you can get credit for referring us?! Also, what size did you get? Thanks, Jen!

  21. 1) I feel so much like you, just less eloquent … must be due to lack of sleep πŸ™‚ 2) Your girls look so much like you and yet, so much like their own little person 3) I think my Jemma and Rowan would be little besties – they sound like the same person!

  22. Kjersti •

    Beautiful! So much to relate too:) ps. I just got that sage green military shirt from jcrew that you recommended…it’s the best, I can’t stop wearing it!

  23. I’m always looking for a good white tee. I recently disovered Madewell’s v-neck tee, but for $15, I’ll definitely be trying this one now too! Oh, and love the tattoo!

  24. I have a 2.5 year old and I am 6 months pregnant and I would add my most recent experience: My Motherhood is running full speed, without a THOUGHT, 5 months pregnant, after your toddler, who ran into a parking lot to hear him say, “That was FUN” after you catch him… LOL! I loved every piece of this post!

  25. I can relate to so many of those. Your girls are adorable!

  26. oh man, love this list – it rings so true!

  27. Great post Jen! You help make me want to be a Momma one day because you have to be one of the best!

  28. Sarah D. •

    You said it perfectly…

  29. Oh my word, your girls are so adorable! And Rowan in her overalls, too cute!

  30. Jen!! I just love how you wrote the sweet truths of being a mom. There are so many of those moments of having such polar opposite feelings–like sometimes feeling bored, yet being so overwhelmed. Haha I just have to laugh and love it! I love the pics–you and the girls are so sweet! Thanks for encouraging me! Xo

  31. I get this! …Now. I totally want to wake my baby up whenever she’s in bed or down for a nap. Sometimes my husband and I will look at videos of her on my phone once she’s in bed. I never would have imagined doing this before having her.

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