What I have learned since I became a mom….

I have been reading some wonderful posts about Mother’s Day lately, and it got me thinking. Since next weekend is Mother’s Day, and as is the case on most spring weekends, SportTman and Drums will be at a baseball tournament, and The Inventor and I will be home for her soccer games. So I am not sure how much celebrating will be going on at our house. πŸ™‚ But I did want to at least write about being a mom. Two different sites are hosting wonderful give-aways and fun mom stuff. Check out Elise and Liza for more info.

I became a mom 13 years ago after a long and difficult labor, SportTman was finally born via an emergency c-section. I don’t really remember enjoying holding him for the first time, I was simply too exhausted. But that moment did forever change the women I am. I have learned a few things over the years and thought I would share them.

I have learned that I love the sound of a baseball being hit by a metal bat, it means baseball season has arrived. I do love watching SportTman play!

I learned that peanut butter really does get gum out of hair

I have learned how to get up frequently in the middle of the night, and then go right back to sleep.

I have learned that no matter how often you put socks in a dryer together, you still can’t find a match for them at the end of the dryer cycle

I have learned a great deal about trusting the Lord with my children, and not fearing for their future, but trusting God to guide and direct them. Although I also learned that I am still working on this one!

I have learned that boys don’t bring home their gym clothes from school, and this is normal.

I have learned that my house does not need to be perfectly clean, picked up, and neat on a daily basis. Although a weekly basis would be nice!

I have learned to like dogs. I used to be afraid of those dirty, slobbering pets. But we have a sweet chocolate lab that the kids really wanted and I am thankful for her.

I have learned that when playing baseball with your son if you are trying to field a ground ball, you should run towards a ground ball, not let it come to you. Otherwise the ball will hit your shins, and give you BIG bruises!

I have learned to sing tons of Veggie Tales songs.

I have learned that if you continue to serve broccoli to kids when they are little, even after they spit it out and say it’s so gross. They will eventually learn to eat it.

I have learned that children grow up very quickly.

I have also learned that when kids grow quickly, they eat a lot.

I have learned that I don’t mind cleaning up my own kids throw-up, but to clean up their friends vomit…..that is so gross!

I have learned that when traveling long distances in a vehicle with kids, to bring plastic bags for car sick kids. I have also learned how easy it is to dispose of throw up once it’s tightly tied in a plastic bag, but that it is also important to check for holes in the bag first!

I have learned that when you climb to the top of a tree with your daughter, that you can have a really, nice, intimate conversation together.

I have learned that hot dogs can explode into tiny pieces in a microwave.

I have learned that boys can actually get semi-permanent dirt stains on their ankles.

I have learned to love Walmart.

I’ve learned that long hikes in a quiet woods, or bike rides together, or camping out together are some of the best bonding times.

I have learned that it is ok for a 4 year old to throw -up 28 times in a 2 hour period. That just like the Dr. said her stomach would settle down.

I have learned that some of the best toys are big empty boxes on rainy days, play-doh, books, and empty plastic containers.

I have learned that for fun your can put food coloring in your child’s bath and they will get clean and not turn green.

I have learned that at an early age little boys learn to scream at the TV during football season just like their dad!

I have learned to rely on coffee more.

I have learned above all to embrace this bible verse Deuteronomy 6:5-7

~Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on our children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. ~


  1. You are just wonderful, do you know that? I loved your list and I loved your Bible Verse because I often stop with the first phrase and forget the end. Thanks for the reminder.

  2. i love your blog, i haven’t visited in a while, but i’m so glad i did, b/cs i loved your list!! and you’ve inspired me to start thinking about my own list!! i do hope i don’t have to experience ALL you had to, LOL (throw up that much in that little time? yikes!)

  3. Oh Sandy, you are a very wise woman! And who would have thought that motherhood can bring such wealth of wisdom. I enjoyed this post tremendously. I can see you love being a mom πŸ™‚ Me too πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the link πŸ™‚

    I’m sure I’d visit before then, but I want to wish you already : Happy Mothers Day!

  4. This was great! Thanks for this because I was feeling kinda blah this weekend about my role as a mom. I mean, sometimes…they are just so ungrateful! (I know this is normal)
    This list really cheered me up. And AMEN to the verses from Deuteronomy. And I also liked how you talked about trusting God with our precious ones. for their future. Well said! God bless you this week!

  5. What a wonderful list. Even the little things – like exploding hot dogs! πŸ™‚ I actually kept marking it as “unread” so I could read it again.

  6. LOL! Amen Sister. ;o) I kept laughing and had to read each one over again. Been there, done that to sooo many of those. But isn’t a mom the bestest job you’ll ever have the privilege of doing? We are so blessed, aren’t we?

    I’m sorry I missed your birthday and you weren’t feeling well! I haven’t been able to keep up in the blogging world lately. Family first! Although I do consider my blogging friends my family too!

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