The next time I start comparing myself to the mom with a pinterest worthy playroom or the mom with a career and a six-figure salary, I will remind myself that motherhood is not a competition.

There is no trophy for cleanest house and no blue ribbon for “craftiest mom.” There isn’t even a reward for the mom with the biggest bank account.

Instead of comparing and competing, I’ll try encouraging them and celebrating their accomplishments. It’s highly likely that the very moms I compare myself to need more encouragement than I think. We all do.

Motherhood is not a competition

Home…

I don’t own a house, but I have a home.

A home filled with laughter, love, encouragement and forgiveness.

It’s a place where I can let my guard down and just be me.

I can cry when I’m sad and dance when I’m happy.

Hugs and kisses are abundant and free.

No, I don’t have a house, but I have something that no amount of money can buy—a home.

I don't need to own a house to have a home

Mine is.

In fact, the dishes have overflowed onto the counter and even onto the stove!

No matter how hard I try, no matter how many dishes I wash, there are always more dirty dishes.

I get frustrated. I cry. Sometimes I just want to throw all the dishes away and eat off paper plates for the rest of my life.

That’s when I stop, take a breath and say to myself “Do not be upset that I have dishes to wash. Be happy that I have food to eat.”

Sometimes I just need to remind myself that I am really blessed.

Do not be upset that you have dishes to wash. Be happy that you have  food to eat.

Happy Memorial Day

Today I honor those who fought for our country.

Today I remember those who sacrificed to preserve my liberty.

Today I thank those whose lives and deaths bought my freedom.

Thank you to the warriors, the heroes and the family that each one of them has left behind. May your day be filled with gratitude from people like me.

Work or stay at home?
Breast milk or formula?
Homeschool or traditional school?

There are many things we can disagree about when it comes to parenting, but there is one thing everyone can agree on: being a mom is hard.

For one day a year, we (moms, dads, kids, sisters, brothers) unite to acknowledge this hard, beautiful craziness that is motherhood and the women who do it.

To all you moms out there, thank you for everything you do!

Happy Mother’s Day!