Five Minute Friday: New


This week has been hectic, which could have influenced the direction I took for Five Minute Friday.

Five Minute Friday is hosted by Lisa-Jo.

It’s taking the prompt {new} and following it where it will go for five minutes of unedited, free writing.

Before I begin, and in the spirit of “new” I wanted to share with you some of my discoveries from this week:

  • When your mom is allergic to flowers — and you live with her — swedish fish are an excellent substitute romantic gift from your husband! Thanks, Josh!
  • My friend introduced me to the poetry of Billy Collins. I have never had much use for poetry — I’m more prosy — but I have really enjoyed his writing. If you get a chance, check him out!
  • It is usually a good idea to reapply sunscreen on your children when you have them out in the sun swimming for five hours…even if you’re in Washington, and you slathered them in SPF 50 beforehand. If you don’t, they tend to turn a little pink. Ouch.
  • Knitting groups are not just for old ladies. They can be fun, social and inspiring! Check out my newest project that I started last night!
Ok, now on to the real post…here we…


New mom’s crack me up. They read all the literature, they know all the statistics and they think they’ve got their plan all figured out.

I was that new mom once.

Seven years ago I knew it all. Today I realize I have no clue what I’m doing.

My four children are all different, and they keep changing, which makes it all the more challenging. This one sleeps, this one wakes up — then they switch, and sometimes they all decide that eight hours of sleep is overrated {who am I kidding, I haven’t had eight hours of sleep in eight years}.

Looking back on the journey I’ve taken as a mother in the past few years, I wonder how that corresponds to my growth in other areas. And, what am I doing now that I will look back on and laugh about later?

I know I still make mistakes. I know that my philosophies and theories are flawed and skewed.

God chose me to be my children’s mother, and He’s walking me through it — step-by-step. Solely through His grace and wisdom am I capable of getting up each day and trying again. Through allowing Him to shape my words, actions, opinions and beliefs I am becoming a better mother, a better wife and a better person.

And all I can do is look at those new moms and say, “Sweetheart, it will all change — except for the fact that God is with you always.”


Take five minutes yourself and share what “new” means to you, either here in the comments or link up yourself over at Lisa-Jo’s place




14 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: New

  1. And all I can do is look at those new moms and say, “Sweetheart, it will all change — except for the fact that God is with you always.” I love this. It’s so true. It all changes, but God has proven faithful and has been with me and will continue to be with me every step of this journey!

  2. I am not a mom yet, but I can totally see how it would be so hard to change from what you originally thought was “right” or “good” or “the best”. As I look at my friends who have children, it seems so overwhelming mainly because there are a zillion different ideas, opinions, philosophies, etc. I am a perfectionist, and I know this is going to be something I struggle with if we’re blessed with children!

    Thank you for such a true perspective!!

  3. I get this. I totally have no clue what I’m doing as a mom. And I often wish I did. But, I desire to show my kids the reality of Christ in our lives… so here’s to focusing on Him, for He’ll guide me in parenting them! Thanks for this post, Melissa.

  4. I chuckle at new mom’s too! My sister and sister-in-law are the new moms in my life and I just smile and bite my tongue. I remember being a new mom once, I knew everything then, and no one could have told me otherwise! Great post!

  5. Stopping by from Lisa-Jo’s. Your title is what drew me in–ahhh, those new moms. I actually have some concerns about new moms (too much trying to control things), but you’re right–they are also so funny. But we’ve all (those of us who are moms!) been there, haven’t we? And hopefully it’s all because we want what’s best for our kids.

    Fun post!

  6. I will never forget becoming a new mom! It was the very beginning of a new journey, a life long journey…and I know I can only do it with God. He gives me the strength! AMEN! Have a blessed day!

  7. I was totally one of “those” new moms that read way too many books on parenting, then threw them all out about 6 months in. Honestly, I find it really hard to even pick up a parenting book now because I’m convinced that parenting is such an idiosyncratic, individual thing, that there isn’t much that a person can tell another person about it. But, maybe that’s just my pride speaking.

    The hardest part about motherhood and parenting…it’s constantly NEW and changing. Each child is different, unique, with their own needs, gifts and challenges. My highest goal as a mom is to nurture the gifts and talents that God has given to my boys so that they can clearly and definitively know what it is God has in store for them. In my experience, boys in particular have a hard time honing in on their gifts and their calling.

    1. Highest goal after leading them to Christ, of course. {For me, that one is understood, but just thought I’d clarify.} :)

  8. Even though I’m not a new mommy yet…I am pretty sure you summed up their feelings and emotions pretty well! So true that change will always happen, but Jesus remains!

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