A love note to the mom who feels overwhelmed

As I buzz around the kitchen doing my best to clean and make dinner simultaneously, my youngest’s canines struggle to break through taught gums, rendering her a clinging, crying toddler mess while my son runs laps and shoves an empty laundry basket in circles underfoot.

I decide it is time for an early bath and herd the children upstairs. They stumble over each other as they scramble up the stairs and settle in my husband’s and my bedroom. I fill the tub with water and toys, then set my children in to soak.

As the children play, I sit at the small desk in our bedroom and read through the day’s messages until I come across one that gnaws at my stomach. After committing our weekend to catching up on bills, untangling a mess made by our bank, and caring for two sick children, another problem has surfaced and within moments I am exasperated and crying to my husband over the phone.

Jack, begins to whine, “mooommy, mooommy, mooommy.”

I draw in a deep breath and hang up the phone. “What is it Jack?” I call from our bedroom.

“Mooommy, mooommy, mooommy,” he continues to moan.

I return to the bathroom to find him lying in the tub with his ears below the surface, unable to hear me. I shout, “what is it, Jack?!”

“I need more hot waaaaater.” I twist the knob and water sprays from the shower head.

Jack screams, “Nooo! I do not want that!!” Suddenly, I panic. I cannot battle autism and the ensuing meltdown building in my son, and cry out, “You’re the one who switched it, Jack! Not me! I did not do this!”

I did not do this. The words echo inside me as I fumble with the faucet, struggling to cope with years of angst and exhaustion caused by elements beyond my control.

love note to the mom who feels overwhelmed

To the mom who feels overwhelmed, I am carrying you in my heart today. I know your pain is deep, your worries are many, and you feel as though these dark and difficult days will never end.

I am praying for you today. Praying the Lord will lift you from the mire of despair. Praying He will reveal to you in a powerful way that you are not alone in the struggles you face. Praying He will plant a seed of hope in your heart and bring forth His peace.

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My hope and prayer is little love notes like this one will offer encouragement and support to our great special needs moms in the Wonderfully Made community.

I also would love for you to share encouragement with other moms and invite you to write your own love notes to submit for publication on the site!

*I am linking up today with Holley Gerth’s Coffee For Your Heart at holleygerth.com

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8 thoughts on “A love note to the mom who feels overwhelmed

  1. Jennifer Jackson Linck

    I had one of those days yesterday! My toddler was giving me a run for my money. After letting the day soak in I realized the day was the perfect material for a blog post. It was exhausting, but I will use my experience to encourage other mamas. Hang in there! We’ve all been there! Thanks for sharing today!
    Visiting from Coffee for Your Heart.

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    1. Katie Emanuel {Wonderfully Made} Post author

      Thank you so much for visiting and sharing, Jennifer! I really enjoyed your blog post as well and love that you write from your heart!

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    1. Katie Emanuel {Wonderfully Made} Post author

      Thank you, Erica! You are an inspiring mom, writer, and friend. I appreciate you so much!

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  2. Beatriz Magana

    Katie,
    Oh, how I wish and really needed these encouragements when my daughter and son were toddlers. They are a year and eight months apart, and I was a stay at home mom, but how I cried, and felt guilty, and worried that I was not being a good enough mommy. My daughter was born with an underdeveloped right temporal lobe, a birth defect called Cortical dysplasia. She was not diagnosed until her early teenage years, but we will never know if this could have been a reason for her sleepless nights and crying spells. But at the end of the day, I look into her beautiful brown eyes, and I would not have it any other way, despite the struggles. After all, it was the struggles that brought me to the Lord and have kept me on His path. Praise God! Thank you for sharing your love notes.

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    1. Katie Emanuel {Wonderfully Made} Post author

      Thank you for sharing this beautiful testimony, Beatriz. Your faith is a beacon of hope for others and I am so blessed to have been touched by your light today. God bless you and your family!

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  3. Lynn Patrick

    Burdens into Blessings is the mantra at our house….I have been a special needs mom for 35 years… Our child was born with hydrocephalus and every complication of cerebral palsy there is….Every breath is a miracle…We have walked through the valleys and shadows and touched the outskirts of heaven…Many difficult days But Worth It All…my journal entries about John end with ” I will dance in heaven with John.” It doesn’t matter that we can’t walk or run here we will there….I am told heaven doesn’t get any better than well …heaven but for special needs families it does! I will see my child healed, we will talk for the first time and we will dance before the Throne of our King!

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