For all my friends out there who are mother's with a little extra padding, just like me.... I love ya!!!!
I have been busy cleaning out my closet. It is a cumbersome task. One that makes me happy (I can see hanger space again!) and one that makes me sad (I've had those pants for 5 years, and I don't think I'll ever fit into them again).
Have you experienced this closet anguish before?
I've come to realize that it's time to let go of my skinny clothes. I'm saying good-bye to size 4 forever, and most of size 6. We just seem to have grown apart....
Well, maybe I should rephrase that. I've grown. They haven't changed a bit. Even though I've tried to convince myself that every single piece of skinny clothes in my closet has mysteriously shrunk. Don't you hate it when that happens?
I'm taking my skinny clothes to Goodwill today. And, with them, I am saying good-bye to a decade of my life. Yes. Some of them are almost that old. Too bad I've hung on to them so long that they are all outdated!
And, I've decided to embrace this new part of my life. The one that I've enjoyed growing into. A mother to eight children, with a little extra padding here and there. It hasn't always been easy, but I've come to embrace every stretch mark I've been given through pregnancy. I've even come to terms with the strange shape my midsection has taken...
I've decided to wear it as a badge of motherhood.
It's a most amazing testament to the fact that I've carried 9 children in my womb! Eight of them are still with us today, and they are a blessing.
It's who I am... and size really doesn't matter anymore.
So, all of you mother's out there who are reading this. TAKE HEART! Your body, full of stretch marks, misshapen bellybuttons, curvy hips and flabby arms is wonderful! You are a mother, not a supermodel! Your children love you, pound for pound, and don't really care about your size. God has given you this body of a mother to be proud of.
Take pride in your children, in your vocation as a mother and a wife, and stop worrying about the way that swimsuit looks in the mirror! After all, your kids could care less about what you look like in your black, tummy control one piece with a swim skirt. They just want you to be there to catch them when they jump off the side of the pool. They just want you to be with them, enjoying life as it quickly passes by.
So, be there with them. Enjoy the wonders of motherhood. Even the ones that can be a bit annoying from time to time, like mysterious extra folds of skin and arms that refuse to ever be toned again.
You don't have to look like a supermodel to be a great mom.