10 FREE Summer Activities Out of the House

It’s a couple of weeks into summer break now and I am continually doing my best to get my kids out of the house a couple of times a week at least! Getting out of the house is a lot of work with children sometimes, but it is a great way to let the time pass by in the day and to get some energy out of their little bodies!

The problem with going out of the house is that it often ends up costing you money. There are so many amazing options out there for fun things to do with kids like the museum or the zoo, but at the end of the day the kids had fun, but I’m broke like a joke.

I am here to share with you my top 10 favorite FREE activities to do out of the house with your kids this summer! Some are obvious suggestions, but I also share some tips to making it a more enjoyable outing! This is a friendly for locals and non locals, but I do share some specific ideas for my West Michigan local friends!

Enjoy and please share any ideas you have in the comments! I would love to hear about any free or cheap activities you have come up with!

1/ Go to a splash pad! 

I am assuming most people have splash pads in their areas, but if you do not it is time to start a petition and get one! Splash Pads are the ultimate option for getting out of the house on a super hot day, but not paying a dime for it! Also, kids can just run wild at splash pads and I have found that my kids can kill a couple of hours there easily! We usually invite some friends along, pack a lunch and make an afternoon of it! I do suggest investing in some waterproof shoes for your kids! Some splash pads are just cement and it can be rough on your kids feet. I have found waterproof shoes have made for a much more enjoyable experience for everyone!West Michigan locals, here are some of our favorite splash pads!

Maplewood Park– 8000 12th Ave. Jenison, MI- This is a gated splash pad and it also includes a fantastic play ground as well!
City of Zeeland Splash Pad– Main St. Downtown Zeeland, MI- This is a gated splash pad
Pinewood Park Splash Pad– 1999  Wolfboro Dr. SE Kentwood, MI- There is also a very large playground here!

2/ Go to the park! 

I know this seems like an obvious one, but my kids can play at the park for hours! One of our parks also has trails so it is fun to change it up sometimes and walk the trails too! Sometimes we will pack lunches and eat there as well! I also like to head to the park about an hour before my husband gets out of work and have him show up with pizza! Then I have entertainment and dinner all accomplished at once and my kitchen stays clean!So pack up the kids, head to the park and bring a book along for you! I am always amazed by how relaxing it is to let them run free on the playground and have some time to breathe in peace!

West Michigan locals, here are some of our favorite parks!

Maplewood Park– 8000 12th Ave. Jenison, MI- This also has a gated splash pad!
Helder Park– 3751 104th Avenue Zeeland, MI- This park has two playground options. If you enter off of 104th it is a newer and bigger playground for big kids and littles!
Hager Park– 8134 28th Ave, Georgetown Twp, MI

3/ Go to the beach! 

Anyone else already sweating in anxiety over this idea? The beach can be a scary adventure to face with children! I always recommend grabbing a friend to tag along and you can both tackle all the children together! In order for a beach trip to work for us I have to be organized! I absolutely LOVE the totes from Thirty-One Gifts! They truly are the best bags for anything, but especially for a trip to the beach! I can fit towels, extra clothing, sunscreen, snacks, lunches, drinks, shoes, puddle jumpers and still have room left! So go run as fast as you can and get one! Your life will be changed forever!Here are some other tips for making the beach a little more manageable:

  1. Bring a couple of plastic bags along for wet items or if a child poops in their swimsuit and its a disaster (not speaking from experience *wink*)
  2. Bring baby powder for easy sand removal from little feet! This is like magic and it spares your vehicle from becoming its own beach on wheels!
  3. Be prepared with snacks! It’s like my kids grow a second stomach when they are on the beach! Constantly hungry! So I say, fed kids equals happy kids and happy kids equals happy mom!
  4. If you have a baby, a tiny inflatable pool would be a lifesaver for baby and you! I know it may seem like you will look like the crazy mom carrying her whole house to the shoreline, but seriously, where else will the baby go? Straight to the sand, which will go straight in their mouth! *gag*
  5. Zip lock bags are your friend! Anything you don’t want sandy or wet, put in a zip lock bag! Sometimes I wish I could fit in a zip lock bag myself!

Obviously they are so many other amazing ideas for the beach, but these are some of my top must haves!

4/ Go to Vacation Bible School!

Do you hear that? I don’t either cause my house is completely quiet right now because my kids are at VBS! I know you can always find multiple VBS weeks in your area at different churches! My kids love VBS week at our church and it’s FREE! They play games, do crafts, learn fun new songs, dance like crazy kids and learn about Jesus in a super fun way! If you have not had your kids try out a VBS, it is time to check it out! This also means you get a few hours of quiet 4 days in a row for a week! We take what we can get right?!

Hop online and search for a VBS in your area!

5/ Go to the Library! 

I used to be scared of taking my kids to the library because my kids think being quite is at megaphone level. Well, libraries are known for being quiet, but these days you can find a library that has a specific kids area where kids don’t have to be super quiet. I think it is safe to assume that most libraries have grown in this area and serve well to the tiny library lovers!

Our library has a specific floor just for kids with toys, dress up clothes, train table, playhouse, computer games and books for days! I highly recommend finding a library in your area that has a great kid area! Also, check out any of their summer reading programs and FREE events!

6/ Go on a hike at a nature center!

Now this is one that is great for a cooler summer day! I personally don’t like dragging my kids out on a hot day when there is no water involved at all, but this would be a great outing when the clouds are out!I know most areas have at least one nature center! We have a few in our area and they are all free to explore! Some places have fees for extra activities, but if you don’t want to spend a dime then roam the nature center trails and enjoy the great outdoors! Most of the time there will be some animals on the trails, various kinds of birds and you could even teach your kids about different kinds of trees! It can be educational for sure, which is a total bonus!

West Michigan locals, here are some of our favorite nature centers!

Degraff Nature Center– 600 Graafschap Rd. Holland, MI
Outdoor Discovery Center– 4214 56th St. Holland, MI- This one has a super neat bird exhibit were you can see various kinds of birds like owls, hawks, bald eagles and more!
Hemlock Crossing– 8115 West Olive Rd. West Olive, MI

7/ Go Bowling!

Bowling is a perfect rainy day outing! It isn’t necessarily free, (unless you get a free pass through something like a summer reading program) BUT it is a very cheap outing! Most bowling alleys offer summer deals for kids bowling OR $1 days where everything is a dollar each! It’s definitely something to look into in your area!

My number one tip, though, is not to forget socks for everyone! It can be so easy to forget socks during the summer because everyone is wearing sandals! Not only are the shoes way more comfortable with socks, but they ease the minds of any germ crazy moms like me!

West Michigan locals, here are some bowling alleys that have some great deals this summer!

Hudsonville Lanes– 5775 Balsam Dr. Hudsonville, MI
BAM!– 478 E. 16th St. Holland, MI

8/ LOCALS FRIENDS- Go to the Critter Barn!

This one is specifically for my local friends, but if you haven’t experienced the Critter Barn yet, then it is time to go! It is located in Zeeland, Michigan and it is completely FREE!

The Critter Barn is a farm where you can go and explore the farm, pet animals, feed animals and more! My kids love going there and we can easily spend a good couple hours there! The Critter Barn has cows, pigs, goats, donkeys, horses, ducks, sheep, rabbits, cats, chickens and more!

Go check it out for FREE!

The Critter Barn
9275 Adams St,
Zeeland, MI 49464

9/ Go to the Farmer’s Market!

This is something I don’t always think about as a family outing, but the Farmer’s Market is a great option of something to do out of the house! Farmer’s Markets are also in the morning so it is a good place to go while the temperature is still cooler. It’s a great opportunity to teach your kids about different fruits and vegetables and to try some new fun foods!Some Farmer’s Markets cater very well to kids and have kid friendly activities as well!

West Michigan locals, here are some Farmer’s Markets to check out!

Holland Farmer’s Market- 150 W 8th St. Holland, MI
Fulton Street Farmers Market– 1145 Fulton St. E Grand Rapids, MI

10/ Go to an Indoor Play Place for FREE

I recommend this one lightly because I am not always a huge fan of indoor play places because of germs. But thankfully summer is a season when sickness is not as common so I don’t stress as much about it! I am sure everyone has a big indoor play place in their area that costs an arm and a leg, but there are also free options out there that I often times don’t consider.

Fast good play places are always an option and they are FREE! Unless you buy food there, which is still very affordable! I personally prefer the Chick-fil-a play places over any other because they definitely feel cleaner and nicer. Another option would be a play place in your local mall! We have a big tree house play place in one of our malls, which is known as the “plague tree!” Sounds appealing doesn’t it? But really, it is a great free option to get you and the kids out of the house! We also have a carousel, which costs $1 to ride, but if you have something like that in your local mall it is a good cheap option! Maybe you could even sneak a little shopping in as well…maybe!

So go find yourself a free indoor play place and let your kids run wild!

Now I need to go through this list myself before I can say I have nothing to do with these crazy children! It’s always nice to get out the house during the summer and hopefully this gave you some ideas that don’t break the bank!

Have a beautiful summer and happy exploring!

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Happy Fathers Day From the Daughter, the Wife and the Adopted

1. The Daughter

As a little daddy’s girl I am sure I celebrated my dad everyday, but Father’s Day was a day where he was celebrated extra and he sure deserved all the celebration possible. I am 28 years old and still convinced my dad hung the moon. I am blessed by a father that has always portrayed a beautiful unconditional love for his daughters. A man that is always so gentle, tender hearted, kind, selfless and by far the funniest guy I know.

My mom would always call him “Disney World” because he is like a whole amusement park of fun in one person.It’s funny to look back at things now that I am a mom and see who was the “fun” one between my parents. Needles to say my poor mom always had to be the one to handle any discipline because my dad always had to keep a smile on our face at all times. Honestly, I think that is actually a beautiful gift that he has because he does it really well. Not only does my dad love the people in his life so endlessly, but He also has an infectious love for the Lord. I have learned more from him than I think he even realizes. My walk with God today has a lot to do with my parents example to me growing up. I want to love and the serve the Lord in my life like my parents did.

My dad also loved my mom. 37 years of serving together, selflessly caring for one another, loving each other deeply and being a team that worked together in the most amazing ways! Their marriage was inspirational and the love he had for my mom set an example to me of what I wanted in a husband someday.

He showed his daughters how to love, but also how to be loved by a husband.
He showed his daughters the kind of father we wanted for our children someday.
He showed his daughters how to find laughter in spite of where life had us
He showed his daughters how to be selfless in relationships and put everyones need above his own
He showed his daughters what it looked like to have a personal relationship with God.

I remember one specific Father’s Day many many years ago. I was about 6 years old and my mom took me to the store to pick out a gift for dad. I was so excited! I found sitting on the shelf a little jukebox that played radio stations. In my little mind I knew this was the best gift for him because dad loved music! I remember his reaction when he opened it. He was so expressive and appreciative. It makes me smile thinking about that now as a mom and how it doesn’t take much for us to show an appreciation to our kids for things they do for us. As far as I know, my dad still has that little jukebox sitting on the bookshelf in his office.

Happy Father’s day from the daughter. May today be a day of celebrating the man who is the best daddy a girl could ask for! I love you to the moon (that you hung, of course) and back!

2. The Wife

7 years ago we welcomed our sweet baby girl into this world and Father’s Day became about my husband as well. He became the father to my children that day and I then had another man to celebrate on Father’s Day.

It has been amazing to watch him grow as a father these past years. Being a parent is never an easy task, but it is truly rewarding and even more fulfilling to watch your spouse grow as a parent with you. Our children are such lucky littles to be loved and cherished by such an amazing Daddy. 

I specifically remember one time when my heart was so full because of the love he portrayed for his family. I had just had our second baby, my sweet boy. I had several sleepless nights during our first nights at home. One evening it seemed as if the baby was convinced it was day time and would not go to sleep. My husband took our little bundle of sleepless joy out of the room so I could sleep while he tried rocking him. I woke up a few hours later to find them both sleeping on the couch together. My heart could have just bursted over that beautiful site of my husband selflessly serving his family and the baby finally sleeping was a breathtaking site as well! *wink*

So to the father of my children,

I see you everyday loving our children endlessly.
I see you putting all of your needs and desires to the side and putting these children first in your life and I am so blessed by that.
I see you as my team mate in this parenting journey. The man who I know I can always count on and our children can count on as well.
I see you supporting their little minds as they grow and learn.
I see you being their cheerleader whether it is on the side lines or it is celebrating their first steps.
I see you being the cause of all the giggles and laughter because you are one silly Daddy.
I see how serious you are about being a dad to these little ones.

So Happy Father’s Day from the Wife. May today be a day of celebrating the man who God chose specifically to be our littles Daddy.

3. The Adopted

28 years ago I was born into the arms of a woman who was not the mom who raised me. 28 years ago I was being held by the woman who carried an intimate bond with me, but would only 3 days later be held by a woman who carried that bond on as my mom. 28 years ago I was not held in the arms of my birth father, instead I was placed in the arms of my dad. 28 years ago my birth father denied me as his own, but the man I call “Dad” called me “daughter” and never let go. The man who raised me and loved me through my life and continues to.

When I reached a curiosity point in my life I began to grasp the fact that I had a birth father out there somewhere that didn’t hold any desire for me at all. It made me very thankful for the dad that I was raised by, but also caused this feeling of rejection at the same time.

It’s amazing the power someone you don’t even know can have over your emotions. 

Only a few years ago did I meet him and it took him seeing my face to acknowledge me as his blood. Thank the Lord I was blessed by a dad who raised me and loves me deeply without any blood connection at all.

In the past few years since meeting him I have learned a lot.
I have learned that I am not defined by who hasn’t wanted me in the past, but instead by my Heavenly Father who has chosen me.
I have learned that rejection is a choice and I don’t have to let the feeling of rejection control my life.
I have learned that no one truly can have power over my emotions except myself.
I have seen over and over again the beautiful life God has blessed me with through adoption.

I don’t hear from my birth father a lot anymore, but we took sometime to get to know each other for a couple years and I am thankful for that time of learning about each other.

Being adopted gives me an interesting perspective on a day like Father’s Day. I find myself still acknowledging and celebrating who my Birth Father is in spite of how close we are now or not. It is because of my birth mother’s selfless chose that I am where I am today, but it is also because of my birth father’s denial 28 years ago that I am who I am today. I have found a place of thankfulness in that instead of hurt. I have found a place of resting in that instead of feeling angry. I have found a place of feeling loved in that instead of feeling rejected.

Every child is always chosen by their Heavenly Father.

So Happy Father’s Day from an adopted child. May today be a day of celebrating the man who denied so that I might truly live my best life.

Happy Father’s Day from the daughter, the wife and the adopted

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Keeping Control of Your Kids Screen Time

My kids are officially out of school for the summer, which means it’s time for me to figure out ways to entertain them throughout the day! I always dream of being the mom that has a fun craft everyday, an exciting adventure and the sign of boredom is non-existent from my children all summer long! Unfortunately I am not the crafty mom, it can get expensive and exhausting taking these crazy kids out everyday and lets be real, my kids were saying they were bored 1 hour into summer break!

I love having my kids home for summer break, but it is really hard to keep them entertained everyday and to keep things exciting! Once they reach the point of boredom it’s hard to come back from it! My kids got their own tablets for Christmas a couple of years ago and to be honest I really don’t love having them in our house. I often find myself using them as a crutch to get through a long day and their attitudes are terrible when it’s time to put them away! We had them put away for several months at one point because there is something about tablets that turn my children into crazy people and I had to reign them back in front their insanity!

We recently pulled them back out and decided to think of some rules to help control the tablet use for the summer. I want my kids summer to be spent enjoying the outdoors, being creative, using their imaginations, being helpful and learning new things!

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Dear Mama, There is Hope in Postpartum Depression

THE STORY

In August 2017 we welcomed a new baby girl into our family. It was 3 long years of 2 babies in Heaven and a lot of patience that lead us to finally holding our new baby in our arms. My pregnancy was not a graceful journey. I was told at 6 weeks that there was no heart beat found. I remember going home and feeling frustrated, defeated, but also a part of me was in total denial that this could be happening to us again. I returned to the office a few days later to find a little baby growing inside me with a heart beat. The first 12 weeks were a battle to keep her healthy and growing. I was on progesterone, which was constantly being adjusted based off of my levels that were taken each week. The journey to our baby girl was never easy, but the day she arrived healthy and strong made every step of my pregnancy worth it. 

A few weeks after bringing her home, I was lying in bed staring at her tiny little face. I felt as if I hadn’t slept in years and was praying she would close her eyes so I could take a nap as well. For over an hour she fought sleep. She would close her eyes for a minute and then be wide awake again.

I just wanted to sleep. I needed to sleep because that was the only time I was numb to how I was feeling.

I tried to hold in the tears I felt coming. I felt this rush of emotion come over me that I felt I was not going to be able to control. Then it happened. All control was lost and I cried hysterical tears that came from a place so deep that I had never been before.

I don’t want to be here anymore.
I just want to run away.
Everyone is better off with out me.
This baby is better off with out me.
I hate myself.
How could anyone love me?

I couldn’t understand how I could look at that sweet little face and be thinking these things. I had waited so long for this baby. I had begged God to place another baby into my arms and He did. I felt like the most ungrateful and terrible person for feeling so unhappy.

In that moment I realized I wasn’t okay. I knew that I was starting a war with my body that I had no control over.

As the days continued I started to become not only more emotional, but I was also obsessive. I had this terrible fear that my baby was going to die. I did everything in my power to make sure that it wouldn’t happen. I would go as far as adjusting her pajamas 10 times before leaving her in her bed because I was afraid they would choke her. I wouldn’t sleep at night because I would wake up constantly to check if she was breathing. I would get anxious when other people would hand her around because I was afraid it would “wear her out” too much and she would die.

When I think about these fears now they sound so silly to me, but they really are not. These were only a couple of the deep fears I carried daily. I was always in fear and even when I had a smile on my face I was aching inside.

MY TRIBE

I was at a crossroads.

I could either take the path where I walked alone or I could walk the path with those I love most. My feet were aimed for the path alone because I felt so ashamed for carrying any kind of unhappiness in this time where I should be so thankful and full of joy. I felt scared to share the voices in my head with someone else afraid they would take my baby away from me because they would think I was unfit to care for her. I knew deep inside how much I loved that baby girl, but I was continually blinded by my emotions that it held me back from truly showing and feeling it.

My heart was aimed for the path where I would walk with others by my side during my journey. My heart didn’t want to be alone, my heart knew that being alone was the worst thing I could be and deep inside my heart longed for others.

But what if they think I just want attention. 

I’m here to tell you now that if anyone ever thought that for one moment then they weren’t the right person to walk on my path with me in the first place. This was still a fear of mine, though. It breaks my heart that our world has put depression and anxiety into an attention seeking category. Because of this so many women choose the path to walk alone and it leads to destruction and more pain.

It’s hard to reach a point of allowing someone else into your battle. It’s hard to be vulnerable and honest about the thoughts overtaking your mind. I told myself that I would not be able to overcome this alone and I knew I needed a tribe to fight with me or I would lose precious time with my babies caught up in this uncontrollable imbalance.

I created a very small tribe of people, including my husband, who showed me nothing but kindness, understanding and love. They supported me and never made me feel like any thought I was having was irrational. Every feeling and thought I had was completely valid.

Because I chose to have a very small tribe that helped keep me stay focused and encouraged, it caused me to be quiet in other relationships. As I look back I find it very interesting which relationships grasped tightly even in the silence and those who just disappeared because they weren’t part of a tribe they didn’t even understand. I had to keep reminding myself that I was making decisions for myself and my health and how my decisions made others feel was not valid at that time. Unfortunately this was an extra and unnecessary part that came with this journey, but it has ultimately showed me the beautiful people in my life who stuck with me through it all!

GET HELP

As the obsessive compulsive part of my battle continued, I decided to get professional help as well. My midwife recommended I seek a therapist at Pine Rest to help me through this on a more professional level. This was a very difficult step for me to take because I was concerned of what other people would think if they found out I needed therapy.

It was the best decision I ever made.

I remember walking into the building for the first time feeling sick to my stomach and just praying I didn’t see anyone I knew. I felt ashamed by it for a while, but still today I am seeing this therapist and it has been so good for me not only in my journey with postpartum depression, but also in dealing with other parts of my life I didn’t even realize I needed to work through.

If your therapist or doctor recommends medication to help control the hormonal imbalance that is behind your depression then accept that help and don’t be ashamed for one minute! This is what these professionals and tools are there for!

If you find yourself in any place where you are fighting a battle whether it is depression, anxiety, grief or abuse please get help! Don’t be ashamed for one moment over needing help! I truly believe that everyone could use a little therapy!

There is nothing wrong with needing help. Ever.

IF YOU ARE THERE NOW

Dear mama,

If you are finding yourself lying in your bed crying uncontrollable tears over every emotion possible, don’t be afraid to cry.
If you are finding yourself wishing you were not here anymore and thinking no-one really needs you, you are needed and wanted.
If you are looking at that tiny little face and feeling nothing but an emptiness, you are not a bad mother.
If you think your feelings should be ignored because they won’t make sense to anyone, acknowledge your feelings because they are valid.
If you are ashamed to tell anyone know how you are feeling, give someone the chance to listen and love you.
If you feel guilty for not feeling thankful for what God has given you, He hears your cries and knows your true heart. Rest in that.
If you are stuck in this battle of depression and think no-one will hear you, you are not alone.
If you are afraid to make your tribe small in fear of hurting people, do exactly what YOU need, not what others need right now.
If you are afraid of what people will think about you seeking help, what others think is not important, YOU is what is important.

You’ve got this, you are not alone, find your tribe and hold on tight.

IF YOUR FRIEND IS THERE NOW

Dear friend,

If your friend lets you into their small tribe, listen more and say less.
If your friend does NOT let you into their small tribe, be only what they need specifically from YOU. Nothing more and nothing less.
If you haven’t heard from your friend in a while, reach out and never take it personally because anything you think you know is typically something you have created on your own.
If your friend is afraid to get further help, encourage, but never force.
If your friend is fighting a battle of any kind of depression or anxiety, it is not yours to decide if they are looking for attention.
If you feel at a loss of what to say to your friend, don’t be afraid to seek counsel for yourself.

Be present, be what they need and hold on tight.

THERE IS HOPE

My sweet girl is 9 months old now and I have come a long way in my journey. I can say I feel like myself again and I could have never reached this point without the amazing people in my life. Looking back at it I am so thankful I did not try walking through this alone. I have become a better mom and a stronger woman after overcoming this battle, but I could have never done it alone. Not only did I have a tribe, but I also had a tight grip on my Heavenly Father who carried me through a war taking bullets for me as He wrapped his arms around me and protected me with His strength and undying love for his daughter. 

If you are sitting in this battle right now, hear me please. You are not alone even if you are choosing to be. You are valued, loved and are worth fighting for and God will fight for you. Rest in that today and don’t let fear, shame or guilt get in the way of walking out on the other side and feeling that hope that is waiting for you!

My prayer for all of us women is that we can see my story and others stories out there as a great example of who we need be to each other. We don’t always know what others are going through and honestly, we don’t need to know the details in order to show love to them. Choose to love someone even when you are not in the know and even when you don’t understand. We have an amazing opportunity as women to support one another and so many of us tarnish that because we are so focused on how WE feel.

Put yourself aside today and love someone who needs it and if you are the one who needs to feel loved I pray someone chooses to put them self aside for you.

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You Are Seen, You are Heard, You are Known on Mother’s Day

I see you. 

I see your weariness and exhaustion as you face each day with a new-found energy you didn’t know you had in you.

You still laugh and find joy with your family in spite of your exhaustion.

I see you hiding in the bathroom with tears streaming down your face feeling an emptiness that you are sure will last forever.

You don’t give up and somehow are filled up again and again.

I see you longing for a moment to breathe where no-one needs you for a moment.

You serve your people so beautifully.

I see you reaching for a dream, but feeling a guilt of dreaming for more at all.

It’s okay to dream and reach for the stars with your best people by your side.

I see your desire to love yours endlessly, but the struggle when you feel you have nothing left to give.

You love your people to the best of your ability and are doing it well.

I hear you.

I hear your cries for rest and relaxation.

Find rest and take a deep breath.

I hear your hearts desire to be the perfect mom when perfection never existed in the first place.

Let go of perfection and grasp the fact that who you are right now is enough.

I hear the guilt you are carrying because you made one decision for yourself instead someone else.

Sometimes decisions we make for ourselves make you a better YOU!

I hear the lies you are believing that you are a bad mom and are un-appreciated.

Throw the lies out the window and know YOUR worth is great!

I hear the noise filling up your mind because your calendar is so busy.

It’s okay to say ‘no’ and see that enough is enough.

I know you.

I know your empty womb as you face a day like today longing to be a mother.

Let God hold you in that place.

I know even with children, but longing for more causes an unexplainable ache as well.

You are allowed to hurt too.

I know your grief as you remember those you have lost in your womb or those you have lost in your arms.

I am grieving with you.

I know your body postpartum when everything is so imbalanced and you feel like a terrible mother for feeling the way you do.

Give yourself some grace and know you are not alone in this season.

I know your broken heart as you face every day without your own mother.

Words can’t even express, but you are loved by many today.

God sees you.

God sees your weariness, your exhaustion, your tears, your dreams and your desires. He sees you and wants you to see HIM in your emptiness. Let him fill you up and rest in His arms.

God hears you. 

God hears the cries, the guilt, the lies and the noise. He hears you and wants YOU to hear His voice telling you that you are enough, you are cherished, loved and appreciated! You are not perfect and you will never be, but how amazing is it that a perfect God loves us in our imperfections. Your qualities are exactly what God intended for the people He has placed in your life.

God knows you. 

God knows your pain, grief and brokenness. He knows your every being and He created you fearfully and wonderfully. He wants you to know HIM and HIS desire for you as a mother, sister, friend, daughter as you grow in your relationship with yourself, with God and with the people HE put in your life to love deeply!

Being a mother is not easy, longing to be a mother is painful and being without a mother is agonizing.

Today is not always a celebratory day for everyone, but today I am celebrating ALL of you! No matter what season you are in on your journey, you are being appreciated for being exactly where you are!

Happy Mothers Day to the women that have children to hold, the women who long to hold their own and the women who wish they were being held.

 

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