08 May 2011

motherhood and such

"I looked on child rearing not only as a work of love and duty but as a profession that was fully as interesting and challenging as any honorable profession in the world and one that demanded the best I could bring to it." 
Rose Kennedy

I love being a mama. I think I truly found my identity - who I was created to be - the moment Lute entered the world. Raising children isn't easy, it isn't often praised, but it truly is one of the most wonderful callings in life. Of course there are moments when I feel like I am spinning my wheels and getting nowhere - the floor is always dirty no matter how many times I clean it in one day, there are always spills to wipe up, toys to pick up, diapers to be changed, food to be made, noses to be wiped, fights to break up. But the blessings far outweigh the moments of exhaustion and exasperation. There is beauty in raising children - in the endless love they have to offer and the love they need to flourish and grow and become responsible, caring individuals. It is a constant giving of self, and inexplicably, reaps such precious rewards. I am so thankful for my boys. So inexpressibly thankful. And I am thankful for a God who promises to be with me in all of it. I am thankful that He is ultimately the one who cares for them, and for me.
 He tends his flock like a shepherd: 

   He gathers the lambs in his arms 
and carries them close to his heart; 
   he gently leads those that have young.
Isaiah 40:11

I am also grateful for a mother who has given herself endlessly to us. Who always comes from a place of yes, and is ever-willing to be present in the lives of her daughters and grandchildren. She is an amazing example of sacrifice and love and I can only hope to offer such love to my children as they grow into adulthood. Thanks, Mom.


  1. Things truly change as soon as your little one arrives!

  2. Mothers are incredible people! Happy Mother's Day!

  3. Awwww, you made me cry! Love you so, so much honey! It sure wasn't and isn't hard being your mom!