There are some forms of torture that can make even the strongest person come undone. And then there’s potty training. Throw in pregnancy and a stubborn two-year-old, and you have my past couple of days.
Maybe that’s a little extreme. But let me tell you, all range of emotions are coming out these days. Tears while cleaning up accidents. The frustration of wondering if my toddler will ever listen to me again?? And then finally and strangely enough, probably the most pride I could possibly feel over anyone going to the bathroom.
These are the days in the trenches. The ones where I can be so caught up in the moment that all I can see is my impatience, exhaustion, and desire to escape. Then God reminds me in the smallest ways: grace & gratitude. He continues to show me incredible grace, and I have so much to be grateful for. He reminds me to give grace to my little guy every day, and to be grateful for him and his little personality.
A few weeks ago, Bonnie Peirce, a consultant of Mary & Martha, reached out to me. She reminds me of the Proverbs 31 Woman: married for 20 years and a homeschooling mom of 8, ages 19 to 5. (She could probably school me on potty training, actually.) And then she also runs her own Mary & Martha business. It is a ministry for her as well; a way to share about God, as well as hospitality and creating a warm and welcoming home.
Mary & Martha is a company of women whose goal is to share their faith and encouragement to other women around them. They sell such pretty home decor, gifts, and kids’ products with the most helpful messages. This beautiful Queen Anne’s Lace Pitcher is from Bonnie, and it could not have come at a better time. See story above.
Yesterday I filled the pitcher with flowers to pretty up our chaotic house. What a timely reminder for me! In fact, the words grace & gratitude are now becoming somewhat of a mantra for me as I go about my day. Whether life is crazy or quiet, I want to exude these qualities as a woman of God, in the hopes that I live a life of impact for him.
Bonnie is graciously offering a surprise giveaway from the Mary & Martha collection! So be sure to enter through the Rafflecopter widget below. There’s also a way to enter via my Facebook page, so make sure to check that out! And visit Bonnie’s Facebook page for more fun stuff!
Thank you to Mary & Martha consultant Bonnie Peirce for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.