Ya’ Gotta’ Be a Crazy Momma!

This t-shirt slogan caught my eye last summer at Bible camp.

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The quote brought instant relief.

I thought, “Hey, that means my kids are gunna’ turn out OK!”

See, I’m not always a normal Mom.

I would run as fast as I could across the grocery store parking lot,
get the cart up to speed and jump on,
and ride it to the car with the kids in it.

The kids thought it was funny when they were young and
were screaming in the cart,
but now that they’re older,
I kinda’ embarrass them.

Not many moms sleep on the trampoline with their kids.
Or buy themselves toys.

I might be the only mother who tried to increase the thrill
of the 14 foot high slide in the backyard
by teaching the kids to go down on waxed paper.

Another time I tried to turn the slide into a water slide.
I put the hose at the top of the slide
and let the water gush full blast down the metal
that was burning in the 90 degree 
North Dakota summer day.

It was glorious!

Until I reached the dirt and gravel in the pit below.
My road rash made the maiden voyage
the only voyage.

I tried going off a bike ramp on my son’s bike.
I tried jumping stairs in my inline skates.

So the affirmation on this t-shirt really pumped me up.

Maybe it was OK I was an abnormal mother?

My problem wasn’t
reading between the lines,
my problem was I hadn’t
read ALL the lines. 

The shirt actually said –

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Good news.
My kids are still probably gunna’ be all right
’cuz I love my six monkeys like crazy.

Their only problem may be getting over being raised by a
crazy momma…

Psalm 113:9
”He makes the woman….a joyful mother of children.”


What kind of crazy things have you done with your kids?

Do you have any fun memories of your parents’ craziness?

I’d love to hear your comments….
and know I’m not alone in my crazy…

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8 Responses to Ya’ Gotta’ Be a Crazy Momma!

  1. bdd3 March 15, 2013 at 4:31 pm #

    May you always be young enough (at heart) to climb trees, if North Dakota even has any. Go for it and don’t mind that the kids are embarrassed. Mine know I am nuts and as a Vietnam veteran with PTSD I actually have papers that certify me. Life is too important to not have fun. blessings on you.

    • Mindy March 15, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

      What a sweet blessing, thank you! You brought up a great point, life is important and life is hard! Enough reason to take time to cast side the grown-up worries of life and be young at heart. (btw, moved to WA and there are HUGE trees to climb!)

  2. Tandis March 15, 2013 at 7:29 pm #

    Sorry but, “My road rash made the maiden voyage the only voyage.” made me laugh out loud. 🙂
    Of course you ask about a crazy memory and my mind goes completely blank. Ugh. One that did come to mind was camping in September, in Yellowstone National Park, in a snow storm with no heat in a pop-up camper. Yeah. That’s crazy. We love to brag about it now and I don’t think any of us (except Mom) remember how hard and possibly miserable it was.
    Which reminds me,
    On that trip my crazy Dad got chased by a buffalo while trying to take a photo of us in the background next to our camper that the buffalo was standing about 50 yards from. We are so thankful the Lord preserved us all as that could have gone badly quite easily.

    Yes, crazy parents make for fun memories. 🙂

    • Mindy March 15, 2013 at 11:17 pm #

      Yep, camping memories can be crazy, can’t they? Love the happy ending with the buffalo!

  3. momstheword March 15, 2013 at 11:00 pm #

    Well, at least you were smart enough to test the water slide before letting your kids slide down it, lol!

    Whenever it was snowing really hard the kids would go to bed all excited about the snow. If it kept snowing as hard, I would wake them up around midnight and have them get dressed in boots, etc. Then we’d go for a walk in the snow and play in it a bit.

    My friend’s kids were annoyed because their mom made them go to bed, telling them “nobody is letting their kids play in the snow late at night.”

    Then the next day they found out that I was outside in the snow with my kids at midnight, and several of our neighbors and their kids were out as well, lol!

    Now that they’re older I don’t have to wake them up, but we still go for our midnight walks! The kids are always so careful with me because they’re afraid I will fall and hurt my back, lol!

    I also have jumped onto the cart and gone as fast as I could in the Costco parking lot. You don’t HAVE to embarrass your kids but it IS one of the perks! 😉

  4. Mindy March 15, 2013 at 11:18 pm #

    I LOVE the idea of playing in the snow at midnight! Yep, you are a crazy momma’! Bet you could add quite a few more stories.

  5. Lydia March 15, 2013 at 11:55 pm #

    When I was a little girl my brothers got the idea that they were going to build a raft. Instead of freaking out my dad took me to town and we went to every restaurant in town asking for all their empty buckets and jugs. He fastened those to the bottom of all the logs my brothers had nailed or tied together and ta-da we had a raft. He even let us go out on the lake with it. That was a fun memory for us! We also did the wax paper slide;-)

  6. wholeheartedhome March 16, 2013 at 5:59 am #

    Swinging high with the kids and sledding with the kids 🙂

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