Until I became a mother, I didn’t really (I mean REALLY) realize how much work, effort and sacrifice the noble calling of motherhood required. It’s nice to have one day a year that the tireless sacrifice that motherhood requires be highlighted by our children through cute cards, gifts, flowers, acts of kindness, ….and the “cute” bug they found outside they thought you would like for Mother’s Day. It means a lot to tell your mother thanks for her thoughtful care and tending to your every need and taking great care not to lose you and make sure you get fed and bathed regularly. Today was that Mother’s Day.
It is especially sweet to hear my little ones say, “Happy Mother’s Day, Mommy…..umm..when are we going to eat, anyway?” It’s equally sweet to have a deep voiced, taller-than-I-am teenage boy say, “Happy Mother’s Day, Mommy!” even if you know they mainly only appreciate the food. They may have some idea but the actual work involved in raising a human for 18 plus years won’t hit them until they are a bit more grown and maybe have a few kids of their own. It really makes me smile to have my husband say, “Happy Mother’s Day, Honey!” He knows the work involved because he has witnessed the good, the bad and the ugly at all hours of the day and night.
Being a mother has made me appreciate even more the sacrifices my mother made for me. From the discomfort and pain of pregnancy and giving birth… to the newborn nights pacing the floor with a colicky baby… to the non-stop, energy draining toddler years….then the ever watchful childhood years, the ever diligent teenage years to the continuing prayerful and advising young adult years….Motherhood requires heart, soul, mind and strength 24 /7 and then some.
It has difficult demands and horrendous hours but the satisfaction and fulfillment are parallel to none.
This mother’s day, I sit here holding my 6 week old baby… my 10th baby. After a very long and difficult pregnancy, he is finally here! We enjoy sleepless nights now but I am reminded that this too shall soon pass. I remember to savor the precious newborn moments before they are gone. And like a blink of an eye they are gone. As an experienced mother, I know they flee away quickly because my oldest who is 17 yrs old was just a newborn a few months ago… or so it seems.
Whether newborn or young adult, a mother will always hold a very special place in her heart for her children…. and smile or shed a joyful tear at memories maybe only she has of her little ones at her breast or on her knee. It is through this long and difficult, yet incredibly satisfying journey of motherhood that my heart has been softened and my soul has been lifted. It’s through these children that the Lord has taught me about true unconditional love and sacrificial service to others. It’s with these children that I have laughed like never before and become so overwhelmed with love and joy that I could not contain it.
On this Mother’s Day, I cherish these 10 children the Lord has abundantly blessed me to be the mother of and pray that He continues to grant me the strength and grace to mother them well not just for the benefit of their earthly walk, but most importantly for the greater benefit of eternal glory. For now, I may be deep in the trenches of 3 am feedings, diapers, crayon on the walls, food on the floor, missing shoes, mounds of laundry and dishes, dumped out toys, kid noise and sing-a-longs but I do believe it all has eternal value! ….And that is why I do it. It’s an amazing journey!
Happy Mother’s Day
4 out of 11 looking at the camera. This is real life, y’all!