Having a Good Cry

I saw this set of really cute photos; This four year old blonde haired, freckled nosed little boy with a adorable grin. He was posing and showing off pretend kung-fu moves and I started sobbing. Out of no where, I thought, “That’s what Judah might be doing if he were normal”. I think I am more susceptible to the emotional tides this particular time of month, but there are small moments like that, in which the little wound in my heart opens up and I feel raw again. Oddly enough, I’m thankful for those moments. They bring life into perspective and a deeper healing to my heart.

Sometimes, just acknowledging that this isn’t fair and giving in to a good cry is what the heart needs. Something about that fresh start afterwards, knowing that you no longer have those emotions bottled inside, helps you look at the life in front of you with joy and gratefulness and possibly a new level of understanding.

“I would tell you to honour your feelings and let the tears flow when they need to. You will need the energy for more important things than holding in emotions.” {What I Would Tell You - I came across this by way of a friend on Facebook after I wrote this post. It’s a long read, but totally worth it. Josh and I can relate very well to what she wrote}

I not immune to the pressure to be stoic. To face the wind and pretend I’m not moved. As if being honest that this is hard and some days I don’t really like it, will somehow mark me off the good mom list.

Guess what? There’s no such list.


I love my little gingers, they move me to tears (in good ways) and make me laugh more deeply than anyone in my whole life. They’re changing who I am without even knowing it. Sure, some days I have a good cry over the unfairness of having a four year old who doesn’t talk, is physically and mentally limited and still plays in his poop. I cry because it’s unfair for him, for Jacob and yes, for me. Most days though, I can’t believe I’m blessed with such goodness. I mean, not counting the poop; that’s not really goodness per se, but more ofa catalyst for finding the hilarity in life.

Most days the wound is healed, most days I truly enjoy the differences in my children and I find the challenges of raising two totally different kids, exciting. Most days I laugh and on the occasion that I have a good cry, I know it’s not weakness, it’s good for my heart. It’s what allows those other days to happen and happen with such deep and true emotion.

I looked at those photos again the other day. The beautiful, freckled nosed four year old, showing off his kung-fu moves, and I smiled.

It’s all a process, this whole motherhood thing.

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