Friday, April 5, 2013

Five minute Friday

I am linking up with Lisa Jo today for her 5 minute Friday!

Five Minute Friday

Here’s how we do it:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat on the prompt “After” with no editing, tweaking or self critiquing.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in {you can grab the button code in my blog’s footer}.
3. Go and tell the person who linked up before you what their words meant to you. Every writer longs to feel heard.
OK, are you ready? Give me your best five minutes for the prompt:


Before ever having children I had a whole list of worries. Fears. Fear of "What if I can't get pregnant?" Fear of the pain of birth.. It was a list I kept on adding to, even after having two children: Worried that my kid will never talk. Worries about their health. Will they ever be out of diapers?!? Dreading the transition from crib to big boy bed. Will I ever sleep again? Will they look back on their childhood and only remember the crazy mom moments? Will they grow up to really and truly know Jesus?

But do you know what is amazing? Gods grace on us mama's. So many things I was worried about, I can look back on after the fact and say, "Wow. I did it. I'm still alive, and it really wasn't that bad." I was able to deliver two babies, all natural, and after even that I am actually excited about doing it again (remind me that I said this while I am in transition). I didn't die from exhaustion, and I did eventually get to sleep through the night.  

Will broke his leg at 22 months old, while I was 6 months pregnant with Sam, and had to be in a half body cast for 5 weeks. Those first couple of nights in the hospital with him my head was full of worries and fears of what we would have to endure those next 5 weeks. But after the first few days, we all adjusted pretty well and got back to a pretty normal life. I even weaned Will and move him into his big boy bed during it all!

God gives us moms this amazing ability to sympathize for our children that you don't even skip a beat when it comes to cleaning puke off of them in the middle of the night, and it's only after the fact you realize that that worry you had? Really wasn't a big deal at all. That with God's grace you will get through it!

Confession: I definitely wrote for more than 5 minutes. What can I say, I'm a slow writer.


  1. I also wrote more than 5 minutes. It's hard to write for only 5 minutes. And, goodness, I think there's grace for that, too. I love these opportunities to look back on grace: it's always so hard to see until after the fact, and then it's plain as plain. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks for sharing! And yes, I usually go over the 5 minutes too...I think we have an excuse when the kids are jumping all over the keyboard or trying to feed us their cheese sticks. ;)

  3. I always think I'd be a better mom by about the third child...but we're done at two. :) Yes, after has such clarity that makes it all seem so easy. Loved this! (visiting from FMF)

  4. Dear Stacey
    Oh, how I relate to thinking sleep was just a thing of days gone by when you children are babies! But, like you have said, our Pappa God's amazing graze carries us through it all!