You're An Awesome Mom

By Molly Bice-Jackson - 10:05 PM




Molly's Brain:

I should make more money.

I should get sponsors on my blog.

I should make my blog look better.

I should be in a show.

I should work on my website.

I should invent something to make us rich!

I should open a performing arts studio in Park City.

I should volunteer at the ski resort on the weekend so we can get free passes.

I should write jingles for a living--I'm so clever with lyrics.

I should get an agent!

Oh, I should focus on a career in public speaking.

If I worked really hard and made more money I could hire a housekeeper and that should be motivation enough.

I would love to go to grad school. I should get my Master's in Education...or Business. Ya.

I should be way more crafty and stylish.



Molly's Heart:

I should be a mom. An awesome Mom.


Molly's Day:

Don't make me get out of bed. I'm too tired. I've been fighting this stupid cold for over 10 days and haven't had energy to run let alone be an energetic mom. Please. Just let me sleep longer.

Shower, get dressed, do hair and makeup.

Kids fed. Mommy fed. Cough, cough.

Get crap together and get out the door. Cough. Slight headache. So tired.

Stop at the store and manage to make it out with only one bribe toy item (water gun--I'll return it tomorrow while he's at preschool and he'll be none the wiser). So tired. Cough.

Stop at the library and return items. Librarians greet us all by name and recommend books for me--they help with the kids and let us checkout as many cartoons as Peter wants. Cough again. Can I go to bed now? Oh, how I love the library.

Go the field house and let Peter run wild. Shoot hoops with him and have races while Zoë sleeps in her car seat. Still coughing. Still tired.

Strike up a conversation with the women's Olympic bobsled team. (Have I mentioned I love Park City?) Peter woos them in a major way. I now have new friends to watch during the next winter Olympics in Russia! Super nice, STRONG, fun women. Peter invited them to his Lightning McQueen birthday party in April. Laughing and coughing.

Run around the track with Zoë in one arm while chasing Peter. Stop at rowing machines. Play. Row with Zoë on my lap while Peter "coaches" me.  Run further around the track to punching bags/boxing area. Hold Peter up with one arm while he punches the bags and hold Zoë in the other.

Do squats with the kids hanging on me. They laugh as they see their reflections pop in and out of the mirror. UP. Down. UP. Down. I'm giggling but tired.

Perfect stranger (60 yrs. old? Male. Bright yellow jacket. Tall. Salt and pepper hair) walking around the track stops and looks me straight in the eyes and says:

 "You're an awesome mom. "

Tired coughing mom is speechless and confused for half a second. Then I suddenly gush, "THANK YOU!" with an enormously genuine smile across my face.

"No, thank YOU."

And off goes the stranger. And there I stand, covered in children, wondering what just happened while tears roll down my cheeks.

Molly's Brain:

_______________Silence_________________

Molly's Heart:

I told you so. Keep going. Keep trying. Keep loving.


YOU, the person reading this. You are an awesome mom.


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  1. I just love you!!!! Thank you for this.

    And, really, YOU are an awesome mom!

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  2. Thanks for sharing yourself! you ARE an awesome mom! ( love your brain AND heart!

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  3. This gave me goosebumps. YOU ARE AN AWESOME MOM. And so am I... I think/hope. :)

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  4. I sit here in the early AM dreaming about nap time so ill get a few minutes to myself. Those girls of mine make me tired, all the time. But it is the best job in world.

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  5. Made this 52 year old grandma cry ! You are an awesome mom. We all need reminding now and then.

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  6. Around two years before I was born, my mom realized she needed some counseling. So, she went to LDSFS and absorbed all she could and it strengthened her. She has passed the little nuggets of advice and wisdom on to my siblings and I for as long as I can remember and they have especially helped since I became a mother and have dealt with struggles of my own. My favorite, no matter how tacky it sounds, is this one:

    DON'T "SHOULD" ON YOURSELF!


    Loved your story. It is so uplifting. In a random way, it reminded me of one day about 3 1/2 years ago when we were in my hometown candy shop, The Parrot Confectionery. (Hand-dipped chocolates since 1922. There's my advertisement for you should you ever make it to Helena, MT. Ha.) The ownership was changing for the first time in 50+ years and it made me nervous that things would change too much. My husband and I stood there with our 4 small children waiting in line and as we stepped up to the counter, the man I could only assume was the new owner looked at us. He began to count, "One, two, three, four..." I waited for the next typical line that everyone said when they saw our brood.

    "Well! You're sure busy!!!!"

    It drove me nuts and made me feel like I must not be doing a good job taking care of them in public or something. So I braced myself for that inevitable comment. But what I heard was,

    "One, two, three, four... Well, you're sure LUCKY!"

    Just one word changed and it made all the difference! Now when people comment on how many crazy little children I have (we now have 5), I always reply by saying, "Yes, but we're so lucky to have them!"

    I am notorious for giving too many details, even to perfect strangers, but oh well. Thanks for your blog and for sharing important things like this. Even virtually, it is good to be surrounded by awesome women.

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  7. What a great lesson. Do your best, it never seems enough, but it may be. Also, what a great positive influence we can have on perfect strangers! We can ALL build each other up!

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  8. Thought you might like to know that at the bottom of this post there is an ad for Delsym. Not only are you an awesome mom but you are making a little money on the blog too..that makes you extra awesome.

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  9. I love reading your post's you never fail to make me smile:) Happy Valentine's day to all the Jackson's.

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  10. You sound like an awesome mom! If you need more energy and don't want to feel tired you need to try some Zeal! It is filled with the vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants our body needs on a daily basis all in one serving. Pretty amazing stuff! Have a great day! :) swhitson.zealforlife.com

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  11. thank you. sometimes it is so hard to remember to not be so hard on yourself.

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  12. Thanks for making me cry! In a good way. Too cute, sweet, I love this.

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  13. Beautiful! Wonderful words! Not only are you an awesome Mom, but you are an awesome example of goodness!

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  14. "THANK YOU (Molly)!" with an enormously genuine smile across MY face.
    I needed that today.

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  15. I'm preparing a RS lesson for this next Sunday about the importance of the family.

    I watched this...

    http://www.lds.org/media-library/video/mormon-messages?lang=eng&start=37&end=48#2010-06-13-motherhood-an-eternal-partnership-with-god

    about 5 minutes before reading your post. I loved it and decided that I needed to use this video in my lesson!
    I always love your thoughts. THANK YOU!

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