I don’t think mothers are naturally destined to wear ratty clothes and tired faces. It seems to have become something we’ve chosen for ourselves. I understand the eating cold meals and cold bath water thing. Really, I do. We’re wired to give ourselves away on a daily basis. We pour out; we empty. We leave it all on the field, and we don’t question or regret it. But the clothes and the accessories? I just don’t buy it, ladies. I think it’s just as important that we look and feel our greatest as it is for the rest of our family members. Now, don’t misunderstand me. I’m not a supermodel mom. I do not rise before the sun and work out. I do not blow dry my hair or wear makeup everyday. I just try to keep my closet stocked with items that make me proud to wear them. I want to get dressed in the morning and feel confident about who I am, what I’ve been called to. I don’t want to be distracted throughout the day with an outfit that doesn’t fit or flatter, or a purse that’s falling apart and embarrassing me.
I try not to let my kids’ wardrobe expenses come before my own, and I do this by building a little Momma money into the budget. If you’re a regular around here, you know that I made a commitment this year to not buy any new clothes for myself. That did not stop me, however, from making two very important purchases in the accessories department. I used my work bonus on a new handbag and a watch. They weren’t the most expensive options out there, but I’d had my eye on both and it felt good to buy them. At the same time. While pregnant. See what I mean?