I just love this line! “I am Optimus Mom. Leader of the AutoHotts” (TeeHeehee…!) I could say this all.day.long it is just that funny. Every time I blurt this out around my house with my kids, mostly when this mom-of-four is trying to motivate us out the door to meet some sort of scheduled appointment, I get the giggles. Maybe it’s my peculiar sense of humor, but I think “I am Optimus Mom” is hilarious. ?
So why is no one laughing?
“Grrrrrr!” and “Oh Mom, will you stop it?” are all I ever hear! But it doesn’t stop me. I continue randomly with one of my many mom motivational phrases. They just continue to roll their 7, 8, 12, and even 22 year old eyeballs at me. Add to that my hott hubby, Dan, and that’s a total of 10 spinning eyes! Oh, gosh.
But I don’t stop. No. How can I? After all, “I am Optimus Mom!”
You see,… this mom of two boys just barely 15 months apart has survived a number of their phases. One of them was the ever fascination with Transformers. After living through hours of various Transformer toys scattered knee deep all over the house, I just can’t help it that this phrase has etched itself in my grey-haired-46-year-old-mama-of-four brain! If you’ve had to witness yet another viewing of the Transformer movie, or hear it playing from the back of the car for the 827th time, wouldn’t you agree that a few dozen recitations of “I am Optimus Mom” can go without eye rolling complaints!
There. I’ve said it. My name is Angie Hott and I’m a momaholic.
Oh. I feel so much better.
From Transformers to Beyblades, there always seems to be yet another kid toy fad around here. Is it the same at your house? This mom of 22 years has lived through many. Remember Barney, the purple dinosaur? I just found Caity’s favorite Barney towel under the dryer yesterday. Or, how about American Girl dolls? There is a small collection of both Caity and Violet’s possession collecting dust under the bed. Lately, the boys are all about Lego Ninjago and Adventure Time! For the life of me, I can’t follow one episode of Cartoon Network’s with “Jake the Dog and Finn the Human” where, oh of course, “the fun never ends!”
But you know what? Even when “the fun ends” around here at the Hott house, and as my kids are settling in for the night, comes my favorite part of the day – prayers. As I cuddle with each of my treasures, I witness them share what’s both on their minds and in their hearts. “A conversation with God,” as Isaac calls prayer, I am reminded by the kids that God is really, really, close when they discuss their day with Him. At the end of the day, topics range from wishes to concerns, and they genuinely discuss with their Heavenly Father what is on their minds. Sometimes, it is all about the next Lego Ninjago set due in the mail from Amazon. At times, if the wind is blowing, Isaac will specifically ask God to change the weather (which He does, you know). Others, it melts my heart to hear them remember needs, like friends on the playground, cousins far away, to even cures for things like Parkinson’s Disease.
Before you know it, at the blink of an eye, my little hottlings will be “too old” to play and have a “mommy minute” with me. I will no longer hear their prayers as their God conversations change to more adult issues like careers and relationships. But I will always be comforted knowing that no matter where they go, they know who leads them. For now when it is all about the latest fad, what will remain forever etched in their growing hearts is that God truly leads us with love and His son, Jesus.
Although they might complain that their mom is a nerd now, I will continue to joyfully wake them daily with something like this:
“AutoHotts! Roll Out!” LOL! Oh, come on now… that’s funny too!
“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
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