When I first became a mom I started to envision what life would look like in the future. My husband and I had already decided I would stay home and knowing that I began to plan what I thought our days would look like. I would be dressed and have my hair and make up fixed daily. The house would be spotless (I stayed home all day, why would it not be?). Everything would be perfectly organized and in order. Dinner would be served promptly when daddy came home from work, dishes and kitchen put back together immediately following our meal. Kids would always be well behaved. And once they started school I had the dream of them coming home and walking through the door just as I was pulling a freshly baked batch of chocolate chip cookies from the oven for them to have as an after school snack.
Then one day I realized that I am not super mom. I do not have special powers and try as hard as I might sometimes what I think is going to happen or should happen is the furthest thing from reality. I can't do everything. I can't get everything done and I rarely ever am pulling fresh cookies out of my oven upon the arrival of my kiddos coming home from school.
But there is something that I do each and every day for my children without fail. I love them. Not just in word but in deed. It's the little things. It's the waking them up by rubbing their backs and singing goofy wake up songs to them. It's taking the time to help them with their homework. It's sitting together as a family reading a book or playing a board game. It's sitting at the table eating together. It's praying together. It's cheering them on while they play their favorite sport. It's laughing with them and sometimes laughing at them. It's the helping them up when they are down. It's the hug. It's tucking them in at night (even though they are teenagers). And yes, it's saying I love you - a lot and often. No, I'm not super mom but I have come to find out that my kids didn't ask for nor do they need or want a super mom. They want a mom that loves them unconditionally and a mom that pays attention to the little things.