Great Expectations

Before I had even woken up I had placed expectations on my day. I had gone to sleep with a hundred Mothers Day inspirations and thoughts of what my day should look like only to awaken to a very un-Hallmark card morning.

This day my newborn would scream and nurse all day long. This day my 6 year old would catch a stomach virus and vomit all over the living room floor while my 2 year old ran around naked like a crazy lady and my husband and I fought.

My vision for the day looked more like sleeping in, going to breakfast and church and receiving flowers and presents.

But it became very clear by mid day that all of my expectations for a day of pampering were not going to happen. Nope.

It was one of those days where my husband and I would periodically look at one another and shake our heads in disbelief.

The reality is that reality is everyday and just because a day is called Mother’s Day i am not granted absolution from reality. Which kinda makes me mad sometimes but it’s also very real and humbling. I don’t know exactly how I made it through this day but I’m pretty sure God had something to do with it and I can thank God that tomorrow is a new day.

Lamentations 3:22,23 (ESV)
22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

Author: Erica Petrowski

Married for over 15 years and a stay at home mother of 4. I have a bachelor's degree in Interior Design, an associates degree in fine arts and years of experience in customer service. I rededicated my life to Jesus in 2000, & hail from Long Island New York. My Husband and I moved to Arizona in January of 2011.

5 thoughts on “Great Expectations”

  1. This made me chuckle. Such honesty. I love it. 🙂

    What a difficult day. But, probably more of what a realistic day being a mom looks like. I hope in the near future you end up with an unexpected beautiful day!

  2. I can totally relate to idealized expectations of what Mother’s Day should be like.
    When my son first saw me on Mother’s Day, his comment was, “Is there another cinnamon roll?”
    (This after Brian had coached him on how to treat me on Mother’s Day.)

  3. I’m not granted absolution from reality — wow! So true. You’re a good mommy, and one day your family will called you blessed.

  4. Good one. I’ve had some crappy “holidays,” too….but you’ve got to balance those with the “Hallmark” ones. My husband forgot his wallet on Mother’s Day…..arghh…so I paid for my own Mother’s Day date!!

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