With Mother's Day coming up, ParentBloggers is holding a Blog Blast! They are asking bloggers to do a post on Friday, May 11th describing what makes them a mother. What a great topic, right? Better yet, one lucky blogger will be selected randomly to win a $100 gift certificate to Spa Finder!
In addition, LightIris, is giving away $3,000 worth of gift cards including Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, the Gap and more. Just a little background: The founder of LightIris, Kevin Burke, put on a pregnancy suit on April 13th in order to gain a stronger appreciation for what moms go through. His new site, LightIris, launches on Mother's Day, so go check it out. I had to give a shout out to any guy that makes an attempt to understand what mom's go through!
Okay, having said all that, it's time to get down to business. What makes me a mom? I must admit, that I struggled with this question. It's easy to come up with the words when thinking about my own mom, my friends or moms that I have met over the years. Lots of words come to mind, e.g., loving, caring, compassionate, giving, and the list goes on and on. But to use these words to describe myself? Well, it seems, I dunno, a bit narcissistic? I mean as much as I try to emulate those qualities, I don't feel I achieve them often as I should, but then maybe that is one of the things that makes me a mom -- constantly striving to do things better. Here are some other things that make me a mom:
- I have holes in my socks.
- Most of my shirts have coffee stains on them.
- A "big" night out is dinner at Applebees.
- I look frazzled most of the time, but I really love my life.
- My idea of fun involves Netflix, popcorn, my big comfy couch and two fresh and clean kids.
- I feel incredible guilt if I am unable to attend any school related function.
- I feel excruciating guilt when I FORGET to attend any school related functions, e.g., a special family Thanksgiving dinner (again, I AM SO SORRY KIDS!).
- I used to love having pets but started resenting them as two more mouths to feed and bodies to clean up after upon having children.
- I long for just ONE grown up room free of clutter, toys, backpacks, excess shoes, crayons and pieces of artwork.
- Hearing my kids laugh those really deep belly laughs is like listening to angels sing.
- I still stand in their rooms at night after they fall asleep and thank God for sending me these two precious gifts.
- My kids make me want to be a better person every minute of every day.
So, what makes you a mom? Post your comments or better yet, join the blog blast and post yourself. Be sure to link to ParentBloggers to be eligible for the prize. Good luck!