Gifts for Dad ➔

She’s having a baby boy.

And she doesn’t have a clue what to expect.

She assumes there might be tractors and baseballs and maybe superheroes she can’t even name yet.

And I know the wonder in her eyes and remember being in her shoes.

I think back on the best years of my life and share some things she’s got to look forward to:

Expect to fall in love again and again.

Expect that little boy will fall in love with you, too.

Expect mud.

Expect stink.

Expect him to put the biggest smile on your face.

Expect he’ll make you fierce, strong, and brave.

Expect to add “Bear” after his name.

Expect to raise your voice.

RELATED: God Gave Me Sons

Expect to shout loudest from your spot on the front row.

Expect he’ll claim his place on your hip for a while and in your heart forever.

Expect him to grow wild and fast.

Expect to pay close attention when he slows down.

Expect tears to fall and the biggest belly laughs.

Expect he won’t hide his feelings from you.

Expect mommy dates and to become his princess.

Expect to get more nervous about everything than he does.

Expect to receive bouquets on otherwise ordinary days.

Expect he’ll get more right than he does wrong.

Expect he will lead you closer to Jesus.

Expect he’ll be the biggest reason you pray.

But most of all, expect more love than you could ever imagine.

More adventure than you would have otherwise known.

The truth is nothing can ever really prepare you for this kind of joy and calling.

I thank God every day for choosing me . . . 

To mother a baby boy.

This post originally appeared on Mommys15Minutes by Jaclyn Warren

 

Jaclyn Warren

Stay-at-home mommy of four on mission to encourage parents to savor the meaningful in the midst of the messy. Take your 15 minutes; it’s your turn for timeout. You can find her at www.mommys15minutes.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Mommys15Minutes-543229312706302/.

Even When You Feel Like a Failure, Your Family Still Loves You

In: Motherhood
Mother holding child and laughing, color photo

Today was hard. Put it down. Lay it down and don’t dwell on it. I know, at this moment you feel like a failure. A failure as a mom and as a wife. RELATED: I Failed as a Mom Today and I May Fail Again Tomorrow, But I’ll Keep on Trying You feel like you’re failing at life, and you just can’t get ahead. And that’s OK. It will pass. You had a bad day. We all have those days. Those days when we can’t get ahead and we can’t get things done that we wanted to, so we have...

Keep Reading

Oh, How I’ll Miss Little You

In: Kids, Motherhood
Child standing in leaves, looking up, color photo

Oh, my sweet little child, I wish you could stay this little forever. I wish these days would never end. They are busy, loud, and chaotic—but, oh, how I love them! They make my life feel whole. Complete. I don’t know what I will do when these days are gone. I will miss your sweet little face looking up at me. The innocence in your eyes. Your sweet little grin. I will miss how your face lights up when you see me. How your little arms manage to give me the biggest hugs. How I can make everything better with...

Keep Reading

I’m an Emotionally Exhausted Mom

In: Living, Motherhood
Tired mom in hallway

I awake to the sound of my 4-year-old asking for breakfast. For him, every day is exciting. It’s whipped cream on pancakes, bike rides, and hugs. He smiles and chatters away as I make my way downstairs. I try to shake off the nightmares that kept me up all night, but my body feels tired and sluggish. My stomach is in knots. “Will you read to me, Mommy?” How can I say no? I sit down with a cup of coffee as he piles his favorite books onto my lap. He snuggles in next to me, and I put my...

Keep Reading

“God, Please Put a Baby in Mommy’s Belly. Amen.”

In: Loss, Motherhood
Little girl praying by bed

“God, please put a baby in Mommy’s belly. Amen.” She’s added it to her prayers every night for the past year. Woke up two weeks ago. Didn’t feel well.  Dark positive pregnancy test Shock. Joy. Excitement.  Thank you, God. We’ve all wanted this for so long. My husband jumps up and hugs me. He’s so happy, maybe even more than me, if that’s possible.  Three more positive tests over the next week to double-check. More excitement with each definite positive. A Christmas baby. Pure joy.  A few unusual symptoms. Shrug them off. Telling a few people but not too many,...

Keep Reading

Even When I Fail, I Hope You Feel My Love

In: Motherhood
Drawing of mother holding toddler, black-and-white photo

I am sorry for the days I am not enough—the days I am short on attention or tempered for reasons that don’t matter as much as you matter.  I am not always living in the moment. I am mulling over the past or worrying about the future. I am sorry for not letting go sooner of things I can’t control and sometimes missing the beauty of you, right in front of me.  I apologize for the days I let exhaustion or circumstances get the best of me. If it gets the best of me, it gets the best of you....

Keep Reading

If Only My Mother Were Still Here

In: Grief, Motherhood
Mother and daughter on beach at sunset

My strongest memory of my momma is more of a feeling than a memory. I can see myself standing in the bright kitchen of our big yellow house looking up at my beautiful momma surrounded by sunlight. I think she was handing me a glass of saltwater for a sore throat. But the feeling is what I remember in the most detail . . . I felt safe and loved, known and seen.   I knew that even if I didn’t know what I needed, she would always know. A hug, a song, a gentle nudge of confidence, a silly kitchen...

Keep Reading

There’s Just Something about a 4-Year-Old

In: Child, Kids, Motherhood
4 year old girl smiling outside

There’s just something about a 4-year-old. The way their bubbly laughs and sweet little faces still have some traces of babyhood while they’re transforming into more and more of their own unique person right before your eyes.  The way they ask questions about everything under the sun, listen wide-eyed to your clumsy answers, and believe every single word you say. It’s so innocent (and scary) the way they believe absolutely anything you tell them—just because you’re “mommy.”  The way their still-a-little-chubby hand finds yours. And the way they still come running to you for a hug and kiss when they’re hurt. Or...

Keep Reading

Find the People Who Will Root for You

In: Friendship, Kids, Motherhood
Empty sports field, color photo

My son participated in tryouts out for a new travel soccer team at the end of a recreational fall soccer season one chilly evening in November. He has been playing recreational soccer since he was three years old when we started with the local club. He has been asking about joining a travel team since kindergarten. In recent seasons, I watched him struggle in the recreational league. I watched him wanting a little bit more in the sport as he developed his passion—he was ready to grow.  We knew he loved soccer, and it was something he had always wanted...

Keep Reading

No Man in a Girl’s Life Holds More Influence than Her Dad

In: Kids, Marriage, Motherhood
Father and daughter on amusement ride, color photo

As I sat outside Walmart watching my husband of nearly 16 years walk in with my 9-year-old daughter to buy me a box of tampons, I realized how blessed I am.  This is real life. Not only does he not care about running into the store and picking up these items, he asks our girls if they want to join him, and they use this time to talk. They talk about real-life—about growing up, changing bodies, what tampons are even for, how they can wait years and years before they need to start dating, how he will be waiting outside...

Keep Reading

I May Not Earn a Paycheck but My Work Is Worthy

In: Motherhood
Mother and son unloading dishwasher, color photo

I remember getting a paycheck once.  I chose direct deposit, and I’d review my monthly bank statements with no surprises. I knew how much I needed for my bills, and I knew when I had a little extra to spend. I knew I was getting compensated for all those hours I put in, and it felt good to earn a living. But that all changed when my husband and I decided I’d quit my full-time job to stay at home full time to raise our children.  RELATED: God Gave Me the Heart of a Stay-at-Home Mom All of the sudden,...

Keep Reading

 5 Secrets to Connect with Your Kids

FREE EMAIL BONUS

Proven techniques to build REAL connections