Don’t Blink Moms And Dads

Oh – Momma’s and Daddy’s hold on!

You may be in the trenches of sleepless nights or walking the floors with teething tots ..but this too shall pass.

Dirty diapers and bottles galore

Spit up and drool

Too many words

Toys thrown all around

Drained bank accounts…

but this too shall pass.

Activities and projects and too many school papers to sign about to nut you up …

but this too shall pass.

Lunches packed

Lunch money forgotten

Breakfast of champions rushed

and backpacks left

Homework for too many hours

that cut into dinner time…

but this too shall pass.

Fighting and arguing

Multiple meltdowns

Slamming doors and

whining “I am Bored”…

but this too shall pass.

Dirty socks and dirty rooms and nothing ever put back in its spot

Toilet rolls empty and the last paper towel when you need two…

but this too shall pass.

Prayer and prayers

and more prayers

Uncomfortable topics discussed

Manners taught

Eagle eyes and snooping

through phones and rooms and stalking their social media accounts…

but this too shall pass.

Driving and dating and

late nights waiting…

but this too shall pass.

You wake up one day and BOOM 💥 just like that your babies are 20 and you can’t quite believe that many years have passed and you survived all of this X2!

No more Teens.

I now have amazing adults that work hard and have such an amazing and caring heart and love for God and others.

Wicked Smaht!

And crazy funny.

I always wanted a bald cotton top blue eyed boy and a curly haired green eyed girl…and I got just that!

At the same time!

I am so super blessed that these kiddos call me Mom. I could not have done it without my Jackpot of a Hubby and Baby Daddy.

Happy Birthday C & C

We love you – XXOO

Slow Down 

I thought today I was going to write a wonderful tribute blog about my twins.  

                   That did not happen!

For the sake of preserving and getting over my head cold and bronchitis I could not risk the snot session that all the memory unpacking would have created.

Instead I will share a song I ran across months ago by Nichole Nordeman that has been wrecking me with the reminiscing of how fast the years really do go by.

Today my amazing twins turn 18 years old.  

In a little over a month they will be graduating High School and start college.  

It is true – You do blink and they grow up right before your eyes.

To my beautiful children, you are the very breath in my lungs. Despite my short comings and failings I Thank God that He chose me and entrusted me to have the unbelievable honor of being your Mom.  
       
              Slow down would ya-just a little! 
                

                     Happy Birthday
      ~ XXOO Mom aka Michelle Bollom 

The All-Purpose Garment

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I am not much of a fashionista at all. Many moons ago I would have classified myself as one. I loved clothes and shoes and accessories and purses and never left my house unless I was made up from head to toe, full makeup and all!
My mom, sisters, and I always liked to play fashion police. We would laugh and say- “Watch out, we might have to write you a ticket!” if we captured each other wearing something that was not up to our fashion worthy standards.

I am so glad fashion tickets are not a jail worthy offense. I would definitely be in the ole Hoose Gow now. I am not sure if it was having twins that ended that desire, or if the 40 pounds I still carry 15 years later deters me from wanting to get all dolled up or invest in a new wardrobe. I don’t even wear makeup on most days anymore. These days I really am not concerned with what I wear as long as I got all parts covered and I am not busting out of any seams.
I know there needs to be a healthy balance and I am still working on the wardrobe, the 40 pounds, and putting on a little lipstick and mascara.

My twin sister has a funny saying- “a little lipstick and paint can make a girl what she ain’t” That always makes me laugh, and there is some truth to it. We do have to make an effort and find our perfect balance. Some people it is in their DNA to get dolled up everyday, and that is OK!

Sometimes all of it can be a mask to try and hide our insecurities or defy the aging process by covering ourselves with the latest and greatest makeup or clothes. We have to make sure that is not our motive. No matter what we put on the outside, the inside is what really matters.

I read this verse recently and I loved it in the Message translation:

So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it. ~ Colossians 3:12-14MSG

Now I could totally dig having someone just pick out my wardrobe everyday. And having an all-purpose garment, oh now that would be nice. No matter where you are going or what you will be doing you will never be under or over dressed. It just won’t be possible. It will always fit and be the right color too. The wardrobe God picks for us, as listed above, never goes out of style. No worries of ever getting a fashion ticket either. If we are putting on what He picks out, there’s no wrong way to wear it. You will always be the one that wore it best!

P.S.
And for the makeup part, the best anti-aging go-to product -Jesus!
Just keep basking in His presence and His Word every morning and the wrinkles and worries are instantly smoothed out and filled in. Your skin will have that perfect glow too!

~ XXOO Michelle Bollom