Finer Things Friday: Just Doing Our Best

Today over at Money Saving Mom you can read my most recent guest post,  Having a Baby Without Breaking the Bank: Bringing Baby Home.

As I was writing that post a few weeks ago, my focus was on sharing what worked for us with the hope of helping someone in their baby stuff-buying decisions.  I voiced some opinions on a few sensitive topics knowing full well that our way doesn’t work for everyone.  Without intending to, it seems I struck a chord in a few of Money Saving Mom’s readers.

Sometimes I think that we moms can get pretty caught up in the ole yard stick.  How do I measure up? I cook better than her, but that house is sure cleaner than mine.  Wow, she uses all cloth diapers and they don’t have any sugar in their house.  We use only one prepaid cell phone, but how on earth can they live comfortably in such a small home?

Stop it.  Stop it.  Stop it!

May I hand out a license tonight?  A license to be the best mom you can be. To do what works for you!

Yes… grow.  Strive for better.  Always be willing to learn.

But please remember ~ It’s a Finer Thing to do the very best you can with what you have. You’re a great mom and you have lots to celebrate!

Speaking of celebrating, what Finer Things are shining in your world today? Please link up and let us know.  Remember to link to your Finer Things post and please leave a link back here so others can join in.

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  1. Great post, I just hopped over and read the comments at MSM, you caused quite a stir over there didn’t you ;). Great job encouraging moms to do what’s best for their family.

  2. Beautiful and so true! I’ll gladly accept my license. Thank you for your heart-felt words and perspective.

  3. I read your post and hoped you weren’t sweating the comments…yikes. Just thought I’d let you know…you were clear in your post about not judging someone who uses formula. Sometimes I think the commenters cause a stir with the commenters, regardless of what the post actually says.

    AND…we NEVER used our baby monitor either. 🙂

  4. Awesome post! As moms we are so much harder on ourselves than anyone else and we often need to be reminded that no mother is perfect and to stop comparing. Thank you for that reminder!

  5. Thanks for the reminder that motherhood is never a competition – we all have our days, and of course, today was my day! This post was so helpful to remind me that I’m doing JUST FINE, thank you very much… 🙂

  6. You definitely hit the nail on the head! It is so easy to compare ourselves to other moms without even realizing we are doing so! It is also difficult at times to remember that it isn’t about what other families are doing, but what is best for our family. Thanks for the reminder!

  7. I so agree with your post today, Amy. That’s a great reminder for all of us. It’s so hard not to get caught up in comparing ourselves to other moms, other families.

    Thought I’d join your party again today. I posted about some pretty playhouses I’m in love with. I’d like to play in them myself! 🙂

  8. So true! Thanks for this encouraging reminder.

  9. Hi Amy ~ Thank you so much for stopping by Star’s Fault to visit. Love your post about doing our best. My son is 25 now, but when he was a baby we lived in a small town in Southeast Alaska. Home was a tiny chalet(900 sq.ft.), we did use formula (son is beloved, beautiful, adopted Korean) used cloth diapers and made much of our own baby food, sewed his little shirts and jumpers…all this out of necessity. Life was simple in rural Alaska. We also heated with wood, and I did not have a clothes dryer. Imagine 4 dozen cloth diapers on drying racks! Eek!

    Blessings ~ Eileen @ Star’s Fault

  10. Hehe. Guess ya stirred the pot over there a bit, eh? As you know from the many blogs out there, people have different opinions and apparently LOVE to argue with bloggers. LOL. I’ve mentally disagreed about some things I’ve read, but I keep in mind that it’s my opinion and not everyone feels the same way about things. I say…..just let it roll off and disregard! 🙂

  11. Amy
    I once read a devotional that said:
    You are exactly the mom God knew your kids need. Very nice Finer Thing!

  12. I absolutely really started comparing myself once I started more blog reading. I was soon overwhelmed and unhappy. Then I started searching what really worked for MY family and not what worked for everyone else. I took tips from these blogs and incorporated them into our family and I tried very hard to stop comparing myself to everyone else. It is a difficult thing that we women do to ourselves but who are we ultimately to please – the Lord, our husbands and our children. Thank you for the post!

  13. Our pastor’s wife just talked about our upcoming mom’s conference in July and this is the subject about measuring to other moms. It is so easy to do this. Thank you for sharing this as it is reiterating in my head. I need to measure my standards to God’s not man’s or woman’s for that matter. 😀


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