What Motherhood Means To…Jenna

If I could have asked my younger self where I would be at age 31… I promise you I would have never been able to guess that I would be a mom to two beautiful girls! I always thought that I would make the perfect boy mom, and truly anticipated having a home full of dirt-covered little dudes and have a family room covered in sports balls and legos. BOY was I wrong! God has a great sense of humor. Instead I have a home full of princess dresses, a giant and bright-pink Barbie Dream house, drawers of bows and headbands, and baby dolls around every corner… and the best part is, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. It is true when they say Jesus has you exactly where you should be. I have never felt so blessed for my family and my surroundings.

Photo Courtesy of Jenna Wodiske
Photo Courtesy of Jenna Wodiske

My name is Jenna Wodiske and I am the Mommy Blogger behind Espresso Ever After, my Mommy and Lifestyle Blog. I have been married to my handsome hubby for almost 8 years now, and we have two beautiful little girls; Paisley (3.5 years old) and Payton (13 months old). I feel blessed beyond measure to be a work-from-home mom, so I can continue living my passion and never miss a beat at home with my family. Since a young age, God instilled in me a desire to be at home while my little ones are growing up, and honestly it is a true blessing. But, don’t be confused… as much as I adore being a mom, being a mom of a threenager and an independent toddling baby is no simple task. There are days where I don’t get my first cup of coffee until 10am, and if you can’t tell from my blog name, this mama needs her espresso to live happily ever after. But in all seriousness, mom-ing is hard work! There is no manual on what to expect, especially when it comes to girls.

Photo Courtesy of Jenna Wodiske
Photo Courtesy of Jenna Wodiske

My girls are sweet and quiet and drama-filled and emotional, all at the same time! They will literally smile at you until your heart melts and then disappoint you on the turn of a dime, because they didn’t want to share their tutus. However, it is amazing how at such a young age, I can already see the differences in them. My oldest is the quintessential first born girl. She is a perfectionist, possibly on the edge of OCD, and she likes structure and guidelines to follow. My second born daughter on the other hand is wild and quirky, and extremely independent. One thing both girls have in common; they are extremely stubborn! I wonder where they got it from …??!!!

Photo Courtesy of Jenna Wodiske
Photo Courtesy of Jenna Wodiske

If you are a parent and you haven’t read the Birth Order Book by Dr. Kevin Leman, you absolutely must! My husband and I were blessed to see him speak in person and he is spot-on with his stereotypes of children according to their birth order in the family. I think as parents we have our first and we expect the next one to come out the same, but that is far from the truth. We need to have realistic expectations and understand that our kids are all given unique talents and gifts, and as their parents we must nurture them and help them grow into these strengths as individuals. As a mom of two girls, I am doing all that I can to equip myself to be realistic while being fun and full of grace and truth. I want my girls to love and respect me, to trust in me as their confidant and their friend, but to never forget that I am, first and foremost, their mom. I must remember that God has entrusted me as their mom to raise them to be strong, independent, loving, and kind. My goal is to do just that.

Photo Courtesy of Jenna Wodiske
Photo Courtesy of Jenna Wodiske

My girls are still young, and I can already admit that I have stumbled in some of these areas, but one thing I promise you … I will never give up! Remember moms, it’s okay to mess up. We are not called to be perfect, we are called to do our best for God’s glory.

“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

 1 Corinthians 10:31 NKJV

As much as I want to constantly invest in them, I must always remember to start with me; I need to be the best I can be because they will learn more from my actions then they will ever learn from my words and my lessons. Thank goodness every day is a new opportunity. Like I said, Mom-ing ain’t easy! So… Don’t beat yourself up over the little things, embrace the hard days and celebrate the winning moments!

Photo Courtesy of Jenna Wodiske
Photo Courtesy of Jenna Wodiske

Thank you God for the incredible blessing that is motherhood. I pray that you give us moms the strength and the grace that we will need in the hard times and I thank you for the joy and the kindness in the good times.

Next time you see a mom who looks rundown, struggling or just having a bad day, stop what you are doing and encourage her. Pass on a “You are doing great!” It may be just what she needs to put a smile on her face and the confidence to tackle her day. Let’s support one another – Mamas unite!

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