Can I just tell you something that has been really bugging me lately...? About a week ago on Facebook an acquaintance wrote something like the following post: “I love my kids, but I hate being a mom.” That post has seriously bothered me all week!
I think what made it worse is someone commented under her post and said something along the lines of “You should feel blessed! What about all the women that can't have children?” where this poster replied, “Ya, they're called Aunts.” Wow. Completely heartless. I don't care if she was trying to be funny. It wasn't.
I've taught elementary school for 7 years, I'm an aunt, and a sister but you know what...there is NOTHING like being a mom.
When my husband and I got married we choose not to do any sort of birth control. Kids could come as they would. As time went on, and I didn't get pregnant, I started to get a little worried. Let me tell you, the threat of not being able to have kids makes you even more grateful when they finally do come. (Ironically, going off wheat helped my body be able to get pregnant but that's a different story for another time.)
So, I've thought a lot about this facebooker's statement: “hate being a mom” all week and it's done something to me (besides ticking me off). It's made me so sincerely GRATEFUL that I AM A MOM. AND it's actually helped me see things in a different light. And maybe I share this story with you in hopes that it might help you be a little more grateful too.
Is being a mom hard? Yes, totally. It's a job that you can't clock out of. There's times where you wish you could have slept in a little more or you wish someone else would make dinner or do the laundry etc. There's times that you get angry when your kids won't listen to you or frustrated when they leave their toys out... And don't even get me started on delivering a baby.
Aside from all the negative you could ever brainstorm, the reality is nothing beats being a mom. Nothing beats a giant smile from your 1 year old or a “anaconda squeeze” from your 3 year old. Nothing beats the sound of your child saying the word “Mom.”
And all the little things I used to get so annoyed with before this week have turned into something to smile about. Because you know what, my kids won't be kids forever. These times are treasured memories in the making. Being a mom is one of my greatest blessings in life besides being married to my husband. It is truly a gift from God.
So to this mom's post- I say to her I hope you were just having a bad day and realize what a treasure you really do possess (and that you'll think before posting and trying to get a simple laugh or comment on facebook.) ;) Be thankful. Be grateful. God has blessed you with so much.
And remember this: "Perhaps the most significant of all classrooms is the classroom of the home. It is in the home that we form our attitudes, our deep held beliefs. It is in the home that hope is fostered or destroyed. Our homes are the laboratories of our lives. What we do there determines the course of our lives when we leave home." Your kids are learning from you even when you're not teaching them. So, let's try our best not to screw that up. ;)
Whew. Thank you, for letting me vent a little. I feel better. With that said, here's a great recipe for your little ones. (Psst- Are hot dogs the healthiest? No, so we don't eat them very often but when we do, this is a fun recipe my daughter LOVES. And that's the power I have as a mom- I can help brighten her day.)
If you haven't tried my Gluten Free Quick Rolls you really should! They are fast, easy, and taste super good just fresh out of the oven. They're very versatile as well. I make hamburger buns, a loaf in the bread machine, and hot dog buns. One of my readers even uses them for bread-sticks too!
Making hot dog buns is a little more tedious than making rolls because I don't have a scooper that makes that perfect hot dog shape. So, I usually have to wet my fingers and shape it out. Rolls on the other hand are quick and easy with an ice cream scooper! Scoop and wha-bam. Done. So, I wanted to create a fun little meal for my daughter that was as tasty as a hot dog but quicker for me to assemble. The result is this next recipe:
Gluten Free Hot Dog Rolls
Serve warm. Goes great with ketchup and mustard.
Note from jalene: Grapeseed Oil has a higher cooking temperature than Olive Oil so it is highly recommended for this recipe. It also has a very minimal flavor so it will not affect the taste of your rolls. It is healthier than Canola Oil or other alternatives so we highly recommend only using Grapeseed Oil for this recipe.
8/13/2014 02:41:14 pm
Thank you for such a thoughtful and wise discussion on being a mom.
9/7/2014 09:25:12 am
I really appreciate all that you say, do, and feel when it comes to being a dedicated wife and mom. This website is a testament to your dedication to helping us all feel better. We find enjoyment in the great art of cooking and eating the gluten free way. Keep up the great work.
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