This week I am happy to introduce to you: Michelle and her brand “Love Grace Style” here to share that parenting is anything but easy but also so worth it and rewarding!
Hi, I’m Michelle Elise. I’m a simple girl that’s in love with Jesus and spreading His Gospel!!! I’m a wife, mom, teacher, and designer. I enjoy blogging, spending time with family and friends, crafting, traveling, growing in my walk with Christ and living out the purpose God has placed on my life. Let’s connect!!!
Parenting is by far the most exhausting, overwhelming, frightful task. Yet the most rewarding, blessed, joyous and fulfilling thing I’m doing to date. I am all too familiar with children, as I am an elementary school and have worked with or been a part of a child’s lives in some way. So, when I found out 2 years ago that I was going to have a child of my own, I was overjoyed. All the fun, exciting times I have had with children over the years ran through my head.
However, my excitement was short-lived and followed by a sense of worry. I was worried that I wouldn’t measure up to “the standard”. What standard you might ask? The standard that I had created in my head of what a good mother was supposed to be. I am a perfectionist by nature. I have to make sure my i’s are dotted and my t’s crossed.
What motherhood has taught me!
The single most important thing motherhood has taught me is that perfection doesn’t exist. No matter how hard I try! All those nights of me trying to stay up late to ensure everything in order for the next day were wasted. All those days of me tirelessly trying to keep my baby on a schedule was useless. Babies don’t adhere to our schedules. We must adjust our schedules to ensure their needs are met.
I’ve also learned to embrace the moment. I remember when we brought our son home from the hospital, I was so exhausted and overwhelmed by the pain I was still in from my c-section. It seemed every day was a struggle. It was a struggle to get out of bed, a struggle nursing him, a struggle emotionally, simply a struggle. I found myself constantly thinking, I can’t wait till he is able to sit up on his own and start crawling, Then, he sat up and started crawling. I was excited and ready for him to start walking. Then he started walking and I was excited and ready for him to start talking. Now he’s talk, yet now I find myself looking at him saying where did the time go. Then I am reminded that I was too busy looking forward to the next milestone, that I forgot to stop and embrace the moment.
What I’ve Learned and My Advice
Children truly are a gift from God. They are precious and innocent and should be treated as such. Although the task of parenting can be daunting (to say the least) at times, I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. I am so honored that God thought enough about me to choose me to nurture, train and watch over His child for the time he is on Earth.
So from one mother to another, embrace the moment and perfection is NOT required.
You can find Michelle on her social media platforms:
Facebook: Love Grace Style
Blog: Love Grace Style