Welcome Guest Blogger Megan McGuire

I’m so excited to have Megan McGuire back on the blog this week! I’m not even sure how she found time to write this week’s post in the stage of life she is in! Chasing a one year old and tending to a newborn is definitely for the young!

This week’s blog post touches such a deep place in my heart because I remember those baby days with my children like it was yesterday. I don’t remember all the intimate details of each moment because, for me, so much got lost in the day-to-day routine of work and sleep deprivation which really left me fuzzy brained! ☺

Before we become moms, we envisioned what motherhood would be like. We can vow that we will nail this motherhood thing, only to find ourselves terrified and overwhelmed. We can feel like all of the other moms have it so together and we have to fake it. We can feel like horrible people for wanting to scream when we put a child down for a nap only to hear a cry come through the baby monitor fifteen minutes later!

Megan’s post is so beautiful and really highlights that as much as we can have our plans going into any phase of our life, often the reality looks a little different. I love Megan’s heart to celebrate the moments of this crazy experience called parenthood and yield to what God is doing within her in the process!

To all of you moms out there I just want to tell you how amazing you are. If you are like Megan and struggling with the clash of expectation vs. reality, know you are not alone! We’ve all been there. It can feel like everything is resting on our shoulders and that it’s all up to us to make perfect decisions regarding our children. Just remember that how we feel and what is true often are not the same thing.

It’s not all up to us.

God has His hand upon our children and upon us.

Surrender this parenting thing to Him and let Him lead you by His Holy Spirit and as Megan has so beautifully and bravely pointed out, enjoy the marvelous, crazy, perfectly imperfect life God has given you!

Guest Post by Megan McGuire

I have always dreamed about being a mommy.

I remember as a little girl always pretending to be a mom to everything – dolls, babies, barbies, stuffed animals, and maybe even my own siblings! Okay, yes – I may or may not have bribed my little sister to call me “mommy” in Walmart once or twice.

I believe this was because I had a deep desire in my heart to take care of something. I wanted to feel needed and important. I wanted to feel like I had a purpose.

These days the part about being “needed” is definitely being fulfilled. I have a one-year-old son (15 months to be exact) who needs me all day long except when he is napping. He knows now that he can actually play with a human and not just a toy.

It never ceases that the minute I am nursing Glory, my youngest, Ezra wants me to throw a ball to him over, and over, and over again. Why do kids want to play things a hundred times in a row? He talks to me all day and points out everything in the house.

He now knows when I am actually giving him attention or just “faking” it. He comes over to me when I am on my computer or phone and physically tries to rip it out of my hand until I give him my full attention. He is one determined boy.

My Glory Days

Glory, my newborn girl, is a whole different story. She needs me literally 24-7. For real.. ALL day and ALL night. Her current routine is eat, sleep, poop, repeat. I mean she is only one month old and at that age they don’t know anything but that. So, to say I am needed is an understatement.

I sometimes sit and day dream about being able to get out of my house, go to Target, and walk down every aisle very, very slowly.

I dream about sniffing the candles and staring at couch pillows for as long as I want. I dream about getting a pumpkin spice latte and not spilling it everywhere in the car because I have about five different sippy cups taking up my cup holders. As much as I day dream, that is just not reality right now.

What Was Vs. What Is

All my life I have been a pretty spontaneous person. I was the girl who would go anywhere and do anything. Time never stopped me and I wasn’t ever bothered by a routine. I loved being around people constantly and I loved always having somewhere to be.

Now, as a mom, that has changed. I honestly told myself when I was pregnant with my son that I would never let my children run me. I would run my children. Well, these days have gotten the best of me.

I have two children under the age of two and that is surely something that will SLOW you down. They run the show right now. They pick when it’s time to eat. They pick when it is time to sleep and play, and you know what – even poop! This right here is the definition of #MOMLIFE. Your kids are your world.

Now, I will say at some point in my children’s life, they will know that what mommy and daddy say’s goes. We will call the shots and we will make sure we aren’t driven by their every emotion. Right now though, that isn’t the case and I am okay with that.

I am soaking it all in. I am soaking in the fact that I still have a baby while having a newborn.

I am soaking in all the little saying’s Ezra says that make absolutely no sense. I am soaking up all the newborn snuggles with Glory, even the ones at 3a.m.

An Attitude of Gratitude

I love this life God has given me. As much as I would love to sleep through the night and go on those long Target runs, I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

So, If you are that mom who is stressed because you don’t have the right routine down, or your one-year-old won’t eat, take a moment and breathe. Your kid will eat at some point, and you will finally get some sleep. It might take some time, but it will happen. I would say to embrace these years as long as you can because time really does fly by.

I miss the days where I could play all day outside and not worry about bills or dishes, but those days are forever gone. I am now a wife and a mommy and I want to make the most out of every moment of my life. I want to reflect back on my life and remember the days when I’m on the floor eating lunch with my kids because my table is taken up by diaper bags, back packs, and tons of mail.

I want to remember the days of the neighborhood kids running in and out of the house, eating all our food and tracking mud all over my floors. Those are the days that are unforgettable. Those are the days that you actually can remember and sit and laugh about years from now. I don’t think I am going to remember every dish I cleaned or every time I mopped my floors, but I will remember the sound of laughter and excitement coming from my children. To me, that is the greatest #MOMLIFE there is.

I pray today that childlike faith will re-surface for you and that you will enjoy the simple things in life. I pray that God would give you His peace in this season of your life to embrace the mess. I pray the joy would rise back up in your family and that laughter that once was there would come back. The Bible says that the joy of the Lord is our strength. If today you feel as though you have no strength left, or if worry and anxiety about having it all together is running your life, I pray that will be gone in the name of Jesus!

Our Prayer

Father God, thank you for the gift of being a mother! Help us to embrace the joy that comes with the daily responsibilities of loving and caring for our children. Allow us the grace to not desire life as it was “before children” but enjoy the blessings of life our children are.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Scriptures for Meditation

~ Genesis 1:28

God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

~ Proverbs 17:6

Children’s children are a crown to the aged,
    and parents are the pride of their children.

~ Psalm 127:3-5

Children are a heritage from the Lord,
    offspring a reward from him.
Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
    are children born in one’s youth.
Blessed is the man
    whose quiver is full of them.
They will not be put to shame
    when they contend with their opponents in court.

~ Jeremiah 29:11

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.