Monday, April 26, 2010

Still Pondering

I’ve thought a lot about Super Mom over the weekend.  She keeps making appearances in my mind.  She won’t leave me alone. She even pesters me at one in the morning! The more I think about her the more I realize how important it is for each of us to be our own version of Super Mom.  God made us who we are.  He wants us to be the beautiful creation He designed us to be.  And to be that to our full potential. He doesn’t want us to desire to be someone else.  That would be coveting.

COVET~ to want ardently what someone else has

ENVY~ discontent and ill will over another’s advantages, possessions, etc.

The green-eyed bug didn’t begin to plague me incessantly until I began to blog.  Blogging opened up a whole new realm.  Through my computer screen I saw mom’s who were amazing. Perfectly perfect it seemed.  They could write like nobodies business. They fed their children wholesome, awesome meals. They were crafting geniuses.  They took the most gorgeous photographs.  All while being the best mom to their children and looking gorgeous while doing it.  I wanted to be just like these women.

I wanted to write and have my readers be in awe.  I wanted to feed my children without feeling guilty. I wanted to make money crafting. I wanted to take amazing photographs. Soon I was so involved in doing and desiring to be, that my children slipped into the background.  I became obsessed with keeping up and being just as good, if not better.

I became someone I didn’t want to be.  I became someone opposite of what God designed me to be.  He created me to be first and foremost devoted to Him. Living a life full of love and selflessness. Only then can I be the best. The best wife. The best mommy. The best writer or best photographer (in my own little realm). 

I may never be remembered for my writing, photography or nutritional prowess, but my children will remember what I placed my focus on and I will be their Super Mommy!


Besides having deep, moving thoughts about who I am, this weekend, I also got to do a bit of gardening!  YIPPEE!


Joel disked the garden and prepared it for me to be able to get some of my seeds in the ground.

Yah, can you believe it!  I can think, make straight rows and plant seeds all at the same time. It was really quite a feat!

Honestly my boys helped me.  I needed a little assistance in stringing the binder twine and pounding in posts. I’m not known for the straightest of rows! Actually, I was quite surprised Joel entrusted this job to me.  He usually lays out the rows for me, because the first year I did them it was a sight!  I stood behind my work until seedlings started to come up in the most crooked rows I have ever seen!

Little did I know that we were going to have torrential rains on Sunday. UGH!  I think I may be replanting when it dries out…just to be on the safe side.  I want lots and lots of spinach and lettuces and I’m not letting the rain ruin my plans for a humongous salad.

Playing W- Textures

Happy Monday!


  1. Ok, we should be neighbours...because we just should be. I love your blog. You are a woman who is seeking to have God create a new heart within you. I read you for that reason. I love it.
    Have I gotten caught up in blog envy--you bet! I don't even want to tell you how many times I've been angry at my little house for being so unglamourous. But then I took a step back and realized this is the place I make memories with my family and if I'm going to let the envy take over I will tinge every wonderful memory I have made here. I completely understand what you are saying about the Super Mom feeling that comes from blogging...this comment its getting long...sigh...anyway, I understand and what I really wanted to say was: I'm glad that you are you and that you blog your way, in your style that is uniquely you.That's why I read you.
    Blessings and I look forward to more fun and deep thoughts as we journey-blog together!!!

    PS I like your pothos too!

  2. Jenn,
    You are right on. Actually, when I have shared with women who do not generally read blogs about a particular post I've read that could help them, the response is, "Oh, I don't want to get started on blogs because than I'll get to be discontent comparing myself with others."
    Let's hold each other up in prayer for following Christ alone.

  3. As christian blogsisters I think we should always be uplifting helpers. Not being the one to make someone else feel like they can't measure up. We are all equal children of God. Some live in huge homes and some live in travel trailers, we all have different talents and traits, God made us that way. All parts of the body of Christ baby!

    God bless ya and have a marvelous Monday. Now where did I put my cape....heeehehehe!

  4. Jenn, lucky you...I only have one pic on my new post. I know your frustration with dial-up. We only had DSL available the past few months. I would literally hit to open a blog and go fold clothes, come back and hit refresh and go empty the dishwasher. Sometimes I would get it to open after several tries and sometimes I'd just have to back off. I'm prayin' ya'll get some DSL availability soon. I'm so sorry your havin' trouble.

  5. Jenn, that is so wonderful! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I, too, fall into a trap of comparing myself to other moms (especially blog moms). They always seem so perfect!
    But one day I started feeling like less and I was reminded that those blog moms only show the good stuff. They only share the accomplishments that succeeded. I mean, really, do you ever see a horrible picture of a blog mom?

    I caught myself trying to come up with the perfect blog post with the perfect pictures. what a joke!!

    I'm a real mom. I have real kids. A real husband. A garden full of weeds. and dirty dishes in the sink!

    I'll be a REAL super mom with you, ok?
    God is good!!

  6. You sure are their super mommy! Happy Monday to you too! Have a great week!

  7. Awesome post. Such truth in your words - envy is so ugly. I have had to check myself a lot's so easy to compare. Thanks for sharing!!

  8. What a truly awesome post! So true and accurate. My son is now grown, making his own decisions but I have to guard against wishing I had done things differently after reading some of these Super Mom blogs!!

  9. I find myself also comparing myself to other moms and getting discouraged. My husbands mantra to me has always been to not compare my weaknesses to other people's strengths. Something I continually remind myself.

    Way to be your own kind of "Super Mom" - hopefully we can all be the "Super Mom" our kids need.

  10. Well, you sure know I aint' Super Mom...but I'm working on it. ;)

    Jenn, thanks for your phone call today with your prayer and words of encouragement. That spoke more to me today then any all blog posts put together. Thank you - so much... taking the time to call me before (while you had a minute) before guests arrived at your home for dinner. You're amazing!

  11. This is such a lovely way to 'meet' you and your blog. I went back and read the super mom post and loved it just as much.

    A friend of mine just started a blog for the first time and closed it within a week. She said it felt like too much competition between moms, writers, photographers, cooks, etc.

    Thank you for this post.

  12. Excellent post. I think it is very important to just be who we are. Guess what? I still use boxed Mac & Cheese! (and many other convenience foods). I had my last two girls late in life-40 and 41. Maybe I'm smart enough now to know what is truly important. May God bless you and yours.

  13. thank you so much for writing this post...i struggle with this myself.

    now we are off to play in the woods and get away from the computer....

    have a wonderful day jenn.

    {your new header is breathtaking!}


  14. Wonderful that you got in your garden. So far, I have lettuce, peas, radishes, turnips and onions in the ground. The only thing I haven't seen sprout yet is the onions. Do they take awhile to germinate?

    This is a wonderful post. I agree, that we should not compare ourselves with other blogging moms that look like they have it all together. Everybody has problems. I just keep reminding myself of that when I think I've seen the perfect blogging mom ;)

    Love your honesty. Your awesome!!!

  15. Oh I hope your garden flourishes abundantly! I love planting & really should begin planting our winter garden (ummm actually I should have planted it a month ago -oh well).
    I've added you to my blogroll - hope that's alright - if not please just leave me a comment about it.

    As for those super mums - well I know I'm not one of them & can understand exactly what you're writing about.
    Have a lovely week
    Renata :)

  16. Thanks for writing this. I agree with you and everyone else. I have been struggling this. I just try to remember that God made to be the best ME that I can be, not someone else. I think there are a lot of "super moms" that don't tell the whole story either. Thanks.


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