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Dear mama,

I saw you the other day at Target juggling three young children—one on the side of your hip, another sitting in the shopping cart with a runny nose, and your oldest scooping boxes of Fruit Loops into the cart. Your hair was up in a ponytail and you wore your favorite yoga pants and rose gold Fitbit around your wrist. You appeared a bit frazzled as you looked at your phone marking off food items from your list and making sure they fit the budget—wanting to please your husband.

And I wanted to tell you this: the work you’re doing is sacrificial, but it’s still so very sacred. Never forget that.

Sure, you don’t get promotions, bonuses, affirmation or praise from your boss and co-workers in your role as mommy. But you’re shaping a life as you care for the body and soul of those little feet toddling across your hardwood floors and spilling Goldfish as he goes, one crunch at a time.

I see you when you’re up at night for the third time breastfeeding and bottle-feeding, calming your teething baby, and wiping mustard-colored diapers while your husband snores.

I understand your frustrations when your 3-year-old absolutely refuses to put her socks on before preschool and you’re muttering cuss words under your breath.

I know what it feels like to experience loneliness and just needing a friend to vent to who accepts your struggles with yelling and being “monster mom”.

I see how skilled you are in balancing your marriage, career, passions, and ensuring your kids are loved, clothed, and fed. It’s impressive!

I know how tempting it is to compare yourself to your friends’ blemish-free Facebook and Instagram feeds and how you sometimes don’t feel like you measure up.

But let me tell you—what you’re doing is enough.

I understand when you tell your husband he better be home on time so you don’t make the news.

On the day you gave birth to your child, I saw it all. In fact, I knew your child before you—creating each intricate body part and growing your baby those long nine months.

I saw how you labored. The pain, joy, anticipation, and your child’s first cry after the crowning and how you thanked me when it was over.

I want you to know that when no one else sees or acknowledges all the work you’ve done in the past and are doing today as mommy, I see it all and I think it’s beautiful, praiseworthy, and acceptable. 

When you serve your family, you serve me.

Always remember that you’re my child, too.

And I love you.

God

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Samantha Krieger

Samantha Krieger is wife to Jeremiah and mama to 2 boys & 2 girls- 13 and under. She loves iced coffee, TJ Maxx, and mascara. She's the author of Quiet Time: A 30-day Devotional Retreat for Moms in the Trenches. Her work has been featured on the Today Show online, Love What Matters, and Cafe Mom. She writes from Florida’s gulf coast and enjoys connecting with readers on her personal blogFacebook and Instagram.

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