Mamas Makin’ It Work – #19

a twin mama with a motto…


Going from a working woman to a stay at home mama was a huge transition for me. Before we had kids, we didn’t think our lives would change very much once they came along (yes, go ahead and laugh!), and that we’d just put the baby in an Ergo and away-we’d-go on whatever adventure came along.

I didn’t account for the fact that we would have twins, or that I would experience pre-term labor and NICU time, or that we’d be living in a city without family around, or that my husband would be in full time grad school. It’s been a challenge, but it’s been one full of joy and a lot of growth. 

There are a ton of little things that help me “make it work” throughout the day, but I’ve found that if I can keep my mind and heart upbeat, I can tackle anything! One of my favorite mood lifters is a poem cross-stitched by my great aunt that is framed in the girls’ room: 

God, grant me the serenity 
to accept the things I cannot change, 
courage to change those things I can, 
and wisdom to know the difference. 

Many of us have heard this prayer before, and I love it because it helps me keep things in perspective. Most of the things I filled my time with before the girls came weren’t anywhere near as valuable and eternal as what I’m doing now. More fun? Yes, sometimes, but I can’t change it and I wouldn’t want to! As long as I can remember, I have prayed fervently for God to use me in a meaningful way. Right now, this is how He’s doing it, through my amazing daughters and my new role as their mama. Not for His benefit, but for mine – a step on the path headed in the right direction. 


It’s funny, we’re still very new to this raising kids thing, but what I’ve heard said is so true: I feel like they’re raising me, too!

And about those adventures? They’re still coming!
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2 thoughts on “Mamas Makin’ It Work – #19”

  1. I totally relate to you and Rachel too. The possibility of twins never EVER crossed my mind. I found I had two babies really early… at seven weeks. It sure has been a tough, fun, rewarding, and crazy adventure thus far. My girls are two and a half years old now and I cannot believe how far they have come. They too, were preemies. They weighed four pounds when they were born, and at two and a half years old they sand almost 37 inches tall! Their pedi says they’re the tallest girls she has ever seen for their age.

    I respect and admire you mamas a lot. Get it girls.

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