Thursday, January 20, 2011

For Real?

So, just a couple weeks ago I started pondering, not negatively but realistically, about how I'm doing as a mom.  I found many, many areas that could use improvement.  I thought back on the years when I had one, two and three children and how much simpler life was--lots of diapers, but just simpler.

I am in the remarkable place of finding myself, weekly, with women I admire--women I'd really like to be like someday.  I have actually had this experience my whole life.  I have to assert that so many LDS women, those who humbly go about truly living their religion, are some of the most AMAZING women on the earth.  Refute me if you want to, but I'd assert that if you do, you and I have different views on just what an "amazing woman" is.

Ironically, yesterday, I received a letter from American Mothers, Inc.  As I read it, I thought it MUST be a joke.  It had to be.  It stated that I am a "candidate for the Young Mother of the Year selection process for the state of Oregon for the year 2012."  Say what?  Yes, I did recheck the envelope, and it did have my name on it.

Wow!  Of all the together and with it and wonderful women I know, I can give you a thousand names of women who should be on that list.  I'm not among them.  The women who nominated me are amazing women.  They are truly wonderful mothers and human beings.  Wow!  I'm just blown away that they'd consider me.

I figure sooner or later someone'll get ahold of my blog or my facebook page, read through it and learn the truth.  If they want someone who always has a spotless house and perfect children, I'm so out of the running, but if they want someone who loves her kids, I'm totally in on that one.  What can I say, my children are not perfect, but we mesh well.  I love them; they love me.  It all works, but that's just because God put us together.  He knew who I needed.  For that, I'm grateful!


So, what to do?  I feel completely honored.  I know I won't win the thing, but it's just an honor to be considered.  I hope I don't discredit their entire program just by my very presence.

I'm just plain Jane not fancy Nancy.  My kids don't know how to set a proper table, but they're happy.  Does that count?  I can't even promise that they're completely clean when you see them, but they're polite--most of the time.

We'll see where this goes and what this brings.  Could be an interesting ride.  Me in a fancy dress going to fancy things....hmm.  I see the potential for disaster here....

6 comments:

Tonya said...

Wow. That really is a huge honor. And I cannot think of somebody more deserving. You are so loving and genuine. You have such a great heart and you always strive to do your best. I think your a fantastic Mom. I'd vote for you.

vaxhacker said...

But I think all those attributes make you a perfect candidate. You're not fake, too-polished, on show for the world to admire. You are real, down-to-earth and there for the kids you love so much.

You're a better mom than I'll ever be.

Janiece said...

The best mom's are the ones that do not expect perfection...but do all they can to help their family enjoy life...and that INCLUDES the mom!

Danielle said...

Are you kidding? You are perfect. When I think of mother of the year I think of someone who is not perfect, but can look at that and know that perfection wouldn't make a family happy. You are always an example to me. And I love ya' cause you are real about it all.

Steve said...

Just so you know, it's because of your real life blog and fb posts that got you here! I forgot I was gonna call,maybe tomorrow :)

Jen said...

What an HONOR! And by just being nominated says a lot about you, the people around you. You must be doing something right to have such people think so well enough of you to nominate you. That's awesome. Just awesome. Congratulations!

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