Won Without Words
winning the marriage you desire through wisdom

Shari Popejoy


May 13, 2012

No-Regret Mothering

More articles by »
Written by: Shari Popejoy
Tags: ,

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you women who have birthed joy and created beauty.

And if you happen to have mothered children, may your day be blessed with happy memories of the moments you spent investing in their lives.

And may I challenge you to live with no regrets?  You’ll never regret leaving that floor unmopped in order to spend time putting together a puzzle.  You’ll never regret the toy-strewn floor or the cluttered closets. . . some day — trust me.  You’ll never regret a long hug, a tossled head, a wink, an I love you tossed after the toddler turned teenager.

Long after the echoing laughter fades like a fingerprint on the window, you’ll cherish the moments.

All you really have is the moment anyway.

Yesterday is a memory whose color fades, leaving a dull impression, a shadow of the moment.

Tomorrow is a grand dream, a far-off rainbow promise of a moment that cannot be grasped except in wonder.

This moment is real, and can be touched, grasped, hugged, loved, and embraced — do it!

  • I don’t regret one contraction, one sleepless night, one more rhythm of the rocker.
  • I don’t regret one moment spent gazing into the face of a sleeping child that I couldn’t bear to lay down.
  • I don’t regret one dirty dish that I spurned in exchange for one more book.
  • I don’t regret one moment of investing in slobbery, slimy, clingy, time-consuming, burdensome little blessings!

In fact, it’s the one thing that has brought me the most satisfaction and contentment and joy in my life.  May you know this joy, too!

Happy Mother’s Day!

About the Author

Shari Popejoy
Shari Popejoy is the author of the book Won Without Words, and the blog Won Without Words, encouragement to wives. She writes the Livingstone Library, an adventure series for young people, and the blog Oh Joy!, (injoyinc.com/oh/) for busy moms. She is a frequent contributor to Christian print and online magazines, and writes from the quiet country of the Ozarks, where she lives with her husband, Marc, and their three children. You can find out all about her at sharipopejoy.com!


Best Eye Cream For Dark Circles
Best Stretch Mark Cream
How To Get Rid Of Dark Circles Under Eyes
Does Skin Id Work
Murad Reviews
How To Get Rid of Blackheads
How To Get Rid Of Stretch Marks
How to Get Rid of Acne Scars
How To Get Rid Of Dandruff