Appreciating the Gift of Motherhood {Moms’ Night Out: A Real Life Look}


Editor’s note: Today we have another installment of our Moms’ Night Out: A Real Life Look series, where our writers share how this movie resonated with them, how it touched them where they are right now, how they found a glimpse of the priorities and beauty they sometimes overlook in the midst of the daily grind. Enjoy!

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Mommy blogger, crazy children (or one that seems like many), stress levels rising, and never feeling satisfied. As I watched Moms’ Night Out, I felt I could relate with the characters’ hopes, dreams, and fears. My own life was mirrored in small instances throughout the film.

As I think back to being a young child, I wanted to play the Mom during the pretending game of House. I often was not allowed to due to being physically smaller than my peers. Disappointment often set in as I was forced to play one of the children.

Over the years, I had forgotten the dream of being a mother until I married my high school sweetheart almost 8 years ago. During our engagement, I realized my desire to have children and someone to care for. I still don’t feel like the typical female for the role, yet God gave me the job anyway. I just hope He knew what He was doing (He is God after all).


My house is not the picture perfect magazine cover and dust presents itself in the corners of my floors. Peanut shells pile up under my son’s spot at the table and his Matchbox cars find their way into almost every room of the house.

I am not the best mother, but I am a mother. God chose me to be Linus’s mother, because I am what he needs. My temper needs work, I don’t know how to have fun, and I actually need Linus more than he does me. He teaches me to slow down, play, laugh, and enjoy life.

God knew what He was doing when He gave me my gift. I need to stop trying to be happy and just appreciate what is right in front of me:  a loving husband and son.

Tune in tomorrow for another installment of our Moms’ Night Out: A Real Life Look series!

Copyright 2014 Tanya Weitzel


About Author

I am Tanya Weitzel, a young married Catholic with a supporting husband and an adorable little boy. My hobbies consist of walking, reading, cooking, and writing. Organizing is a new hobby I am growing into. I enjoy a good cup of coffee with time for reflection. God can be found in all instances, and I enjoy meditating on the everyday ways he connects with us. My blog can be found at It has poems, songs, and reflections that are written from a Catholic and spiritual point of view. My family life is also a big part of my blog as are my days as a stay-at-home mom. I enjoy taking care of my family and learning more about the Catholic faith.


  1. “I don’t know how to have fun.” Oh, Tanya, you make me laugh! I feel the same about myself. What a blessing you are to your family. And thanks for your post–it really resonated with me. (And I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I’m sure I’ll see plenty of my life in it–mostly in the messes!)

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