My last blogger momma guest post is from the lovely Kendra who writes the sweet blog Our Little Almanac. She’s also expecting baby #2 and has an adorable little lady, Evelyn, who is the cutest to read about. I’m so appreciative that she, and all the other blogger mommas took the time to write guest posts for my little blog. It was great reading and sharing their posts with you all.
Motherhood is hard. H-A-R-D. I know everything isn’t always cupcakes and roses, but for the most part life is pretty dang good and I like to celebrate that joy on my blog because joy is what life is all about. But I would also be unwise if I did not give motherhood it’s proper explication. I’m sure every mother in this world has looked at another and thought “How is this so easy for so-and-so? Her kids are always perfectly behaved, her house always clean and beautifully decorated, her husband has a great job, blah, blah, blah” and so the ranting goes on. This is only exacerbated in the blogging world when photos and words can be a facade for reality. Here’s my take on the hardest job in the world.
I am a busy-body, go-getter, list-maker, organizer, strong woman. Motherhood has kinda undone all of those things for me. Well, just toned them down a bit. I’ve realized that I will be busy ALL THE TIME, but not with things that I would necessarily like to busy with. For instance, last night I wanted to be busy making homemade breadsticks, complete with warm insides and buttery-garlic-cheesy outsides, but instead I was spotting up spaghetti sauce from the carpet after Ev threw it overboard in disapproval.
I love conquering things, and in the past it’s been stuff like writing a thesis paper, conjuring up marketing ads and designing websites. Now I feel like I’ve accomplished something when I make it to the post office to mail something off after it’s been sitting there for a week, clip Ev’s toe nails and unload the dishwasher.
It’s not that I have become lazy since being a stay at home mom. All the more opposite. I am occupied now by things beyond my own selfishness and materialism and am working on raising a very independent soul. I’m learning that a one-year old has a personality that she is unleashing on me that is very different from the docile baby that I’ve been used to for the past 12 months. I have become completely driven by this little person that is my everything and sometimes she can even drive away my sanity. The past 2 weeks have been grueling. I feel like my daughter, Evelyn, is a sargeant putting me through Navy Seal training {which is super hard. Read this book. It’s fascinating}. Between teething, shots, and transforming in to a toddler, we have seen many food fights, tears, sleepless nights and complete exhaustion on both ends. 
But the thing I have learned about motherhood is how wonderfully rewarding and selfless it is. My daughter, no older than 16 months, has allowed me to see the beauty of this world on such an innocent level. She’s challenged me to strengthen my character, love so deeply, be less prideful and abundantly more humble. She’s strengthened my faith in God, my faith in humanity, and my faith in myself.
Again, motherhood is H-A-R-D. So, so hard. And I say that not out of regret, resentment or weakness. I say that out of humility, compassion, and courage. Nothing is more painstakingly rewarding than rearing a child and nothing brings more joy. 
Congrats to Sarah on baby #2! I’m expecting my second in September, so I’ll be looking to her to see how crazy it is juggling two kiddos :)

5 Responses to Guest Post from Momma Kendra…

  1. Amanda Rose says:

    This baby is so cute! So is her mama. Thanks for sharing.

  2. oh gosh, this post is absolutely adorable!!!
    her little family is just perfect!
    xo TJ

  3. This girl sounds right up my alley, can’t wait to hop over to her blog right now! xo

  4. My Froley says:

    Sounds wonderful. And true. You said it beautifully.

  5. Alexa says:

    I hear ya girl! But you’ve worded this all so perfectly. Nothing could be more true! Congrats on number two!

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