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A Day In My Life As Mama, From A to Z
by LauraLee Shaw
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Mini Challenge #3: The A to Z Challenge

1) Use the entire alphabet - A to Z
2) 26 lines - it does NOT have to be a poem - and try to stay on one topic!
3) Alphabet letters can appear at the beginning, middle or end of the words--for example: Xerox Example Fox
4) No word limit


A Day in My Life As ‘Mama’, from A to Z

Austin, AnaLee and Allison, aka, the “A” Team, are part of the sanctification process for me. Before I say much else, please don’t hold the following information against me or report me to the authorities.

Caring for the “A” team is a blessing, but it isn’t always a picnic. Drama—our home is all about it, as I am probably considered the Director of it. Except for an occasional calm day, there is almost always some sort of ordeal.

For one, my oldest child—my new GIANT son (now taller than me)—is beginning to seem a little like Jekyll and Hyde. Growing into a Gigantor overnight isn't easy, I'm sure, but it has to be easier on him than it is on me. He used to be my little compliant baby boy, but now I’m compelled to keep all eyes on him—even the ones on the back of my head. I know I can’t be there every second, but I regularly remind him that God sees, even when I’m otherwise occupied.

Just when I think I’m getting through to him, it’s time for my second child, AnaLee to work the drama. Keeping an eye on her is not a problem at all, as she makes sure she is in my constant view. Lots of love can be lost between the two of us if I am not loving her God’s way. Maybe that’s because we are so much alike. Needing extra time in the spotlight, she regularly belts out her favorite song.

“Open the eyes of my heart, Lord" will bellow from her throat voice loud enough to open my ears wide, too. “Pretty, sing pretty,” I remind her. Quick to earn my praise, she then sings the way God made her to sing, bringing this mama to tears.

Running around the house all the while—or should I say “RUFF”ing around the house, is my youngest, as she is a dog freak. Speaking in Spot’s language, she will beg all of us, any of us, to pull her around on her leash as she dutifully plays her role of ‘Man’s Best Friend.’ To add to the chaos, our REAL dog, ABBY (yes, another “A”), decides to snip and snap at Ally-Spot, because she doesn’t like the competition. Unruliness can become an issue, so often I have to step in before someone ends up getting bit by ONE of the dogs in the family.

Visiting friends regularly comment on the less than ideal noise level in my home, but they are kind to stop before making me feel too terrible about my parenting skills, or the lack thereof. What’s this desperate, dramatic, David-like mama to do? X-rays of the head may be considered in my near future, but I'll have to keep you posted on that idea.

You may be thinking about calling ‘Super-Nanny’ on my behalf, but first let me request a favor: Zoom out, and you will see a mama who loves her kiddos, all the way from A to Z, and I’m so thankful that God never stops parenting ME.

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” 1 John 3:1a

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Helen Dowd 05 Apr 2008
This was TERRIFIC! I enjoyed peeking into your home to witness your chaotic, but organized daily confusion. I am glad that God put the responsibility of raising children on the YOUNG. At my age I would become tired just watching all the activity in your household. I think you are a super mom and do not need the advice of the "super nanny" who maybe has never had children, so doesn't even qualify to give advice. Keep up the good A - Z work. God give you grace. (Thanks for your comment on my article. Sorry I haven't been around much lately, but I have a household of a different sort to run -- my tale could be called P & P - pets and people.)..Helen
Lesley-Anne Evans 03 Apr 2008
This is truth for most moms, eh? I enjoyed the trip down memory lane as my little team is now in the 'tween' and 'teen' stages... with new challenges and new reasons to smile! You are a great writer and I'm glad to have found you and your work. This community is life giving to me! Lesley-Anne
Karen Wilber 02 Apr 2008
I like how you were able to paint a portrait of each child's personality. I could feel the drama and the love. Laughed at the "super nanny" comment; don't we all wonder sometimes if our families will end up there? LOL The 'zoom' sentence gave great perspective to the whole thing.
Lyn Churchyard 02 Apr 2008
"Visiting friends regularly comment on the less than ideal noise level in my home" If kids are playing, there's bound to be noise. I love the sound of kids playing, even rough housing. Laura, that was great.
Laury Hubrich  02 Apr 2008
This was great, Laura! A masterpiece!
Gloria Laroza T. 02 Apr 2008
Hi Laura, Thank you for sharing what it's like in your household. There's so much commotion, yes, but so much fun and love too! As usual, your writing is filled with insight, wit and wisdom, that captures my attention even from the very first opening sentences. You're a blessing not only to your household but to Faithwriter readers as well. Love, Gloria
Julie Pisacane 02 Apr 2008
I read this twice , my friend. Great write that pulled me right ihto your life and I just loved it. Thanks for sharing it here, (( hugs )) Julie
Kristen Hester 01 Apr 2008
Oh, Laura, this is UNBELIEVABLE! It had it all..I related to it, it made me smile and laugh and think. I could picture your active, crazy, fun house. (Perhaps because it seems to look like mine!). I give this one two thumbs up. I can't sandwich critique this because all I have is positive things to say about it. Very clever!
Sherry Castelluccio  01 Apr 2008
Wow, Laura I LOVED this! It kind of sounds like my home, minus the pooch. Well done!
Beth LaBuff  01 Apr 2008
I totally enjoyed my "day in your life". I loved your "zoom out" to get the whole picture. You did great with this!
Chely Roach 01 Apr 2008
You had me with your title...I already knew that I would love it...and I do! Awesome job!
Tim Pickl 01 Apr 2008
The Shaw Family, from A-to-Z! Thanks for sharing a snapshot of your DRAMAtic life with us. ;)


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