Earthly Blemishes and Heavenly Reminders

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Earthly Blemishes and Heavenly Reminders

Last week on Thanksgiving, I shared my whole “glass-half-full” approach to Mommyhood with my fam.

Because, as with every family, some of my loved ones were feeling, well, bogged down in the business of Mommin’.

Some were even negative about it, commenting about all the ways motherhood has changed them.

And I totally agree.

Motherhood does change us.

ALOT.

But, I think motherhood has changed us all for the better.

It’s all in the way we look at things.

All of us have blemishes now because of our journeys.

We may dress differently.

Look differently.

Act differently.

Think differently.

But, at the end of the day, we Mommas have all been changed for the better.

If you need a little perspective change-up, check this out:

These stretch marks remind me that I was gifted two precious children. I was able to carry them on my own. God chose to use my body as the vessel to bring them into this world. And He just so happened to leave a special reminder of those moments. Rather than scoffing at their presence, I will thank Him for blessing me with my family.

This cellulite on my thighs seemed to pack on pretty fast after baby number one. As a relatively fit human, I was appalled at its emergence. But, now I look at it as a constant reminder that we all have areas of improvement. I thank God for the opportunity to explore those improvements. My body is a temple, as I keep reminding myself. And even the grandest of temples have blemishes.

These bags under my eyes represent the hours I spend nurturing my little ones. I could be enjoying blissful sleep with no distractions, but I am called to something so much greater. My babies need grace and love. Just like I do. And these bags, while temporary, are permanent reminders that a little lack of sleep is certainly worth the love I share with my God-given gifts.

This pain in my back has resulted from years of lifting and chasing little ones. I could sit and complain about it, or I could take a Tylenol and remind myself that there will come a day when I will wish I could chase them around at home rather than at the mall or at some boy’s house nearby…

These missed calls from friends are reminders that my priorities have drastically changed…for the better. Rather than spending my time appeasing my selfish desires, I am reveling in the opportunity to create my newest little #squad 😉

This empty bank account is super stressful. These stacks of bills make me wanna crawl in a hole and hide. But, snuggling at home is way better than the hustle and bustle any day. Ramen noodles never tasted better since they come coupled with a big bear hug. And the smiles on those innocent, grateful faces make every penny … and lack thereof… worthwhile.

This trashed car looks like a city dumpster. You would think I have 27 children with all the trash collecting going on up in here. But, those crackers crushed into the carpet means somebody was fed that day. Those crayons melting into the seats means someone found joy in coloring. And those ballet shoes strewn about in the backseat means someone is on a fun adventure. Today, I will be grateful to even have a vehicle to transport these little ones on their journeys of life.

This laundry room full of dirty, nasty, stinky clothes is overwhelming, quite honestly. I avoid it at all costs most days. But, today I am going to gaze at the tiny dresses and think about the little bodies who wear them. The little bodies that danced into my life and changed my life (and my laundry room) for the better.

This den is full of junk. My guests must think we have been collecting for a gigantic charitable donation for months. Wait, guests…? What are those? There’s been a “quarantined” sign on my house circa 2012…But, that’s really ok. I don’t wanna don my apron right now anyway. I probably do need to tidy up this den, though… Ok, rather than gritting my teeth as I clean, I will reminisce about all the fun moments we share here. And plan for hundreds more…

This sloppy getup I’ve got going on is probably not appealing to those forced to view it… But, to my babies, these PJs mean Mommy is ready to be jumped on, snuggled with, kissed, and wrestled in the floor.  They mean I’ve got all the time in the world to do some lovin’.

Whew.  That’s a whole lotta “little merry sunshine” for this Monday morning.  But, I hope that as each of us gets down, because we will from time to time, we will always remember that these earthly blemishes are heavenly reminders of God’s infinite blessings.

What earthly blemishes have you struggled with lately?  And how do you overcome them?

Please share in the comments!

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14 replies
    • erinbrownhollis@gmail.com
      erinbrownhollis@gmail.com says:

      I completely agree, Elle. The motherhood tribe and the ability to share one another’s struggles is vital to keeping us sane! Thank you so much for reading and sharing your kind words 🙂

      Reply
  1. Kristen
    Kristen says:

    I really struggle with time management. I want to do things I want to do but also spend time with my littles. It’s always helpful for me to remember that not only was I blessed with these babies, but God also chose ME to be a blessing to them. It’s a lot to live up to but I’m so grateful.

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    • erinbrownhollis@gmail.com
      erinbrownhollis@gmail.com says:

      THIS! Absolutely, Kristen. When we remind ourselves that God chose US to bless our littles as well, it changes the whole game! Thank you so much for reading, friend!

      Reply
  2. Sonya
    Sonya says:

    A beautiful perspective. Motherhood/parenthood changes everything about life before it, but when you look at the challenges in this light, it is all worth it 🙂

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    • erinbrownhollis@gmail.com
      erinbrownhollis@gmail.com says:

      Absolutely, Sonya! I agree. I find myself getting bogged down in the stress and responsibilities of it all, so I had to write this to get myself in check! Thank you so much for reading!

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  3. Jennifer
    Jennifer says:

    Beautiful perspective. We all need reminders like this, so I appreciated reading this today. My challenges have changed now that my brood is 20, 17, and 13. The cellulite is still there, though. 😉 But in ALL THINGS, it’s so important to have a heavenly perspective and be grateful. One very difficult challenge with one of my kids seems to be coming to an end after many years, and I’ll tell you–there’s no joy like it. Another is starting with another kid, but we’re all here to learn, so some patience and hope go a long way. Great reminders.

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    • erinbrownhollis@gmail.com
      erinbrownhollis@gmail.com says:

      I am so thankful you shared these words. And it’s such an important reminder that there will be challenges at every stage, but we serve the One who can walk us through each and every one of them. Thank you for reading and for sharing your thoughtful words. I truly appreciate it. Have a great week, friend! 🙂

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  4. Emily // happy mom blog
    Emily // happy mom blog says:

    This is true for me as well. Motherhood has changed the way I dress, look and feel. With four kids I find myself exhausted. Sometimes on days when I feel like I’ve failed at motherhood, I need to step back and recognize what’s really important.

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    • erinbrownhollis@gmail.com
      erinbrownhollis@gmail.com says:

      I love your words here. SO true. It is so easy to lose ourselves in parenting, but a little bit of perspective adjustment can change the game. I so appreciate you reading! You are incredible and hope you are having a great week!

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    • erinbrownhollis@gmail.com
      erinbrownhollis@gmail.com says:

      That is such an awesome way of putting it, Lee! I really appreciate you reading and for sharing your words. Hope you are having a great week!

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    • erinbrownhollis@gmail.com
      erinbrownhollis@gmail.com says:

      Thank you so much, Lori! You worded that so beautifully. I really appreciate you reading and sharing your words! Hope you have a great week 🙂

      Reply

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