I catch a glimpse of my pajama clad belly in the window reflection. This little fella is sure growing!
This is the last time I will have a baby inside of me- forever. Only 25 days until they remove my last baby and my uterus. How I love the opportunity that I have had to create life. What a gift. I will cherish these last moments.
Mother's Day is one of my favorite days ever.
Not because I am cherished and celebrated by darling kids and a kind husband (although I am).
Mother's day is my favorite because I LOVE being a mother!
I don't think Mother's Day is a day we celebrate perfection.
Mothers do not need to always behave perfectly, have a perfect home, marriage, pantry or even one perfect child.
Mother's day is not a day where we celebrate a life free of trials, pain, mistakes or suffering.
Mother's day is a celebration of creation, growth, love and potential.
I hope that as we have learned to love our children, we have also learned that we are also loved and cherished in our own youth and imperfection.
If there is one skill we develop quickly as mothers, it is our ability to love messy, naughty, silly, difficult, completely adorable children. We learn to love past the snotty noses and sticky fingers.
I do think children need love and direction in their early years. It is important, so very important. But, I don't believe we were meant to "be good mothers" right from the starting gate. God knew that we would need years to become patient and kind and selfless. We would need to learn mothering skills. Being a good mother is something that takes hours and hours of training. And, that is why our children start out young and resilient.
Today, I am a patient, laid back mother. I did not start out that way, but this is the mother that my children will remember.
And this, my friends, is the saving grace of motherhood.
There is no end to mothering.
Today I wrote letters to each of my children thanking them for making me a mother.
I have learned so much from each of them and feel so lucky to be their mom.
Being a mother is a great work, the greatest work. It is the best, soul-shaping exercise.
Parenting together cements two, young, inexperienced friends into ONE wise, united couple.
There is no greater joy... and today I am so grateful.
Happy Mother's Day friends!!