One of my mom friends gave some great advice; just be honest about how we really feel as moms sometimes. I totally agree! I would love to say my day is filled with rainbows and sunshine, but I have three boys under the age of 5. My day is filled with dirt, daredevils and wrestling.
Rabbit trail: Must my boys fight and wrestle up and down the halls on a daily basis? Is this necessary? The response is always, "well, they're boys". Does being a boy give you a free pass to mayhem and stinkiness? Seriuosly?! My 5 year old makes flowers wilt when he takes off his shoes. He is 5 people! Why do his feet smell that bad?
Ok, back on topic. We had a wonderful "seasoned" mother of five give us a devotional. She has been through the teenage season and lived to tell about it. She was a great encouragement and blessing to all of us and answered our bombardment of questions with such wisdom.
One of the points she made was that, as moms, we get angry at our children sometimes *gasp*! She reminded us to look at them as our little gifts from God that we need to train and encourage through life. Yes, it is not easy, and some days I feel I am banging my head against the wall, but they are worth it.
Are we exhausted, yes... Do they still jump on the couch after you have told them not to 100 times... yes. Do we give up... No.
I am very thankful for a this mom who was willing to take time out of her busy day to stop and remind me what a blessing it is to be a mom. If you knew this mom, she is meek and quiet and her children are awesome! So to think she had the same issues and worked through them with God's help is an incredible encouragement to me. There is hope for me yet and maybe I don't get the badge of mothering shame for the month.
Keep it up Moms out there, you are doing a great job! There are sweet children living inside those little
Speaking of sweet, let me show you what I made.
Layers of peanutty chocolate goodness!
Let's start at the beginning
You will need:
Peanut butter cookie dough
Box of brownie mix
Preaheat oven to 350 degrees
Make the peanut butter cookie dough and the brownies.
Spread the peanut butter dough into a 9x13 greased pan
FYI, I use chunky peanut butter, I love the crunch of the peanuts in this. I also used only 3/4 of the batter and made cookies with the rest. Bonus!
Sprinkle on the chocolate chips.
Pour on the brownie mix of choice. If you want a thicker brownie layer, make an extra box or use the family size box. I may do that next time.
Next step is one of the best ideas ever! Unwrapped mini cups!
Press those into the brownie.
Bake for 40 -45 minutes.
Let cool completely before cutting into. Unless you are like me and couldn't wait, then dig in. Just beware, it is gooey yummines that the knife doesn't like to let go of. Can't blame it.
These were really good and even better the next day.
I put some aside to give away, but when I went to package them up they had mysteriously disappeared. Wonder how that happened?
Baking from my heart to your kitchen,