I See You, Young Mom

I see you in the restaurant wishing to get a few words in with your husband while your child screams.

I pass you quickly in the church hallway while you’re moving slowly with a little gem in one arm and another treasure by the hand.

I pass you in the grocery store isle wearing high heals with my hair curled (because I had time), while you barely brushed your teeth.

I see you in the check out line flustered over a candy bar your toddler won’t release.

I see you.

I have a secret: I’m staring because I’m jealous.

Sure I can take all the time I need in the bathroom without little hands banging and hearing screams of “Mommy, where are you?” I can reach for my Bible before getting out of bed when you may have been awaken by little hands and a little face in yours pleading, “Mommy, I’m hungry.”


I probably have fewer dishes to clean, undone laundry, and more adult time than you.


But hear this: What you do is important! Your job as a mom will bring future rewards beyond measure.

“If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?”-Milton Berle

One day you’ll be like me. Looking back with delight, and a little bit of envy, on those who are still in the depths of raising children. Presently, it may feel like an eternity of empty bowls, nighttime baths, sleepless nights, and frenzied time-outs, but one day you will be able to fully enjoy the fruits of your labor. One day.

Now that my children are raised I want you to know peace comes from knowing I gave mothering my all. There is not one regret over cancelling “adult stuff” to spend time with my kids.


I see you, young mom and you ARE making a difference. You matter more than you know. Your children will thank you one day.


Keep loving your family, there is no greater calling.

God blessed us when he designed moms. Don’t you agree?

7 thoughts on “I See You, Young Mom

  1. I love this. It’s so true. My children are growing up by the minute: I have one adult son, two teenage daughters, and a preteen son. I have loved every stage of life. There are no give-me-backs, no do-overs, each day is all you get. Just so I don’t forget the younger years, I chose to decorate my bathroom wall with various “I Love Mommy” cards from various Mother’s Days. I never want to forget those years.

  2. Kelly, what a great idea to decorate your bathroom. When my kids were growing up I had a wall in the kitchen for all of their “artwork.” I loved my wall. Now it is just a painted, boring wall. Thank you for reading Kelly!

  3. How wonderful to be in a place where you can look back and say to your child, “I gave you the best years of my life. I gave you my best.” I want to be able to say that. Thank you for this beautiful, inspiring post Lu on motherhood. Hugs, Sharon

  4. So true, I have four ages 17,15,11 and 8. There is so much that I have been unprepared for yet God has been so graceful. You are right, I am already seeing how it all has been more than worth it! Just keep praying and remember God is in control.

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