This is Jessica

 

This is Jessica.
Jessica is a mom.
Jessica sees lots of other moms who are showered and in cute outfits.
Jessica doesn’t pretend that she wears much other than yoga pants, hoodies, and last night’s mascara.
Jessica is not gonna lie.
Jessica, be like you.

This is Jessica.
Jessica feeds her kids boxed mac-n-cheese and tuna in a can.
Jessica knows that boxed mac-n-cheese has lots of sodium and tuna in a can may have mercury.
Jessica doesn’t fret that there is no green on the plate.
Jessica is feeding her children.
Jessica, be like you.

This is Jessica.
Jessica lets her kids watch television.
Jessica realizes that some moms are “no-tv-moms.”
Jessica owns her decisions and chooses not to judge others for theirs.
Jessica is okay with people making different parenting choices.
Jessica, be like you.

This is Jessica.
Jessica lets her daughter have her paci when things are stressful.
Jessica knows that this habit will be hard to break.
Jessica also recognizes that the dentist may not like this.
Jessica sometimes values her sanity more.
Jessica, be like you.

This is Jessica.
Jessica doesn’t always make her kids wash their hands before dinner.
Jessica recognizes that this may scare others.
Jessica is hungry and ready to eat.
Jessica is willing to take the risk on germs.
Jessica, be like you.

This is Jessica.
Jessica has chosen to do pre-school at home.
Jessica is cheap…real cheap.
Jessica also wants extra time at home with her boy.
Jessica knows that the moments are short.
Jessica, be like you.

This is Jessica.
Jessica works in the evenings.
Jessica is okay that she is not with her children all the time.
Jessica likes her job.
Jessica knows that you can love your children AND like your job.
Jessica, be like you.

This is Jessica.
Jessica married a man.
Jessica had kids with that man.
Jessica believes that man can parent.
Jessica lets him parent and doesn’t feel the need to do it all.
Jessica, be like you.

This is Jessica.
Jessica likes to throw birthday parties that look a little “Pinterest-y.”
Jessica does not do this because it makes her feel like a “Super Mom.”
Jessica does this because she likes to craft.
Jessica does this because she is too cheap to buy the store-bought decor.
Jessica, be like you.

This is Jessica.
Jessica doesn’t read parenting books.
Jessica is scared of parenting books.
Jessica doesn’t do lots of research on vaccinations, car seats, and canned tuna.
Jessica is overwhelmed by research.
Jessica, be like you.

This is Jessica.
Jessica has friends.
Jessica needs friends.
Jessica needs friends even though her children are still in the house.
Jessica is okay with her children knowing that they aren’t always the #1 priority.
Jessica, be like you.

This is Jessica.
Jessica lets her kids say “butt.”
Jessica has decided that “bum” and “butt” are kinda the same for her.
Jessica realizes that not everyone is okay with “butt,” and Jessica is okay with that.
Jessica is going to trust that God loves her even if her kids say “butt.”
Jessica, be like you.

This is Jessica.
Jessica has never taken a picture of her children with food all over them.
Jessica sometimes wishes she thought that mess was “cute.”
Jessica doesn’t.
Jessica has had to come to grips with that part of her personality.
Jessica, be like you.

This is Jessica.
Jessica uses social media.
Jessica realizes that some people think social media is dumb and a waste of time.
Jessica has decided that social media isn’t always dumb or a waste of time.
Jessica has decided that God can use social media in lots of different ways.
Jessica, be like you.

This is Jessica.
Jessica is not a perfect mom.
Jessica knows that she can’t be a perfect mom.
Jessica knows that she fails…a lot.
Jessica knows that she needs Jesus…a LOT.
Jessica, be like Jesus.

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12 thoughts on “This is Jessica

  1. I would guess that lots of moms can identify with at least some of your “true confessions” items and are relieved to know that they are not alone. This is not the sort of stuff people openly admit in these “super-mom” days. I say Amen to “truth”! Good job!

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