I have been thinking about all the Mamas today-- waiting mamas, mamas to be, new mamas, mamas helping children of trauma, mamas adjusting to changes as their kiddos get older, mamas at home with their kiddos for the summer. I had one of the worst-ever trips to the grocery store with my 3 kiddos today. It rivaled taking the 3 of them when they were 5, 3 and 1, it was that bad. I was longing for the days there was a "naptime". It is one of those days I want to plop down somewhere with a big bag of cookies and wonder where I went wrong. But you know what-- I didn't go wrong. Bad days happen. It really bites when they do, but no matter how much we hoped for our children we are not perfect, neither are they and so it only goes to say that our days won't always be either. As I grumbled my way out of the grocery parking lot today I thought about the time I waited for each of these 3 precious lil people. I wondered what was wrong with me then, too. We spend too much time "emptying our own buckets"-- so today-- let me fill yours, ladies. You are awesome, you are strong, you are beautifully imperfect because life would be boring if you weren't and you would not be exactly who YOU are! I challenge you today, to embrace your "FULL BUCKET"-- do not empty it. Add to it yourself. You deserve it.
Author- Madeleine Melcher
Adoptee, mom to 3 blessings of adoption, author, creator of adoption profiles, taxi driver, boo-boo kisser, tutor, lover of books and bedtime snuggles, friend forever and imperfect child of God.
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