I wrote this as an entry for a giveaway on IG in May 2016. One of my favorite kids’ brands, DNA Miracles, (one I broker on my shopping site) was hosting a Mother’s Day giveaway. On a whim I decided to write something. To meet the deadline I ended up writing this on my phone, in the dark, during an extended bedtime effort with my now almost 4 year old. (Tomorrow y’all! D turns 4 tomorrow!!!) He was just not giving up that night and *really* wanted company. So there I sat, and this is what resulted.
For me, motherhood is a journey every day, every moment, of being stretched and grown and shaped well beyond the bounds of any sort of comfort zone or idea of what I imagined possible.
The growth and discipline of becoming stronger began with pregnancy for me, as I was no longer only taking care of myself but a life inside me.
Labor & delivery were the next milestones to reveal to me a stronger person inside, giving me confidence and helping to equip me to persevere when going through challenges.
If you let it, motherhood makes you a better person; if you fight it, it highlights in no uncertain terms “areas of growth needed”.
What seems hard one day, or even impossible, I can look back days or years later and think “oh, I can do that now.” Or “that’s not as hard as it used to be.” And other days “nope- that’s still hard, lol.”
Every day is a new chance to develop & strengthen my “mama muscles”, physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually.
Ironically, the traits or behaviors in my children I find most challenging are often traits/behaviors I possess, that need work.
I want them to honor their emotions, and the emotions of others, as signposts of what’s going on, to work through and to come out on the other side stronger and healthier.
I also see parallels in the way I need my babies to trust me to care for them, feed them, help them, even when they don’t see that I am working on providing what they need next, and how I need to trust God daily to provide for me, even when I can’t see what’s coming next or what the Big Plan is.
I am humbled by how quickly my kids forgive me when I am wrong or when I lose my patience/temper with them and have to ask their forgiveness.
I am delighted to see the things in life and in nature that bring them so much joy & wonder.
They make me laugh every day, sometimes when I should be keeping a straight face to enforce boundaries/consequences.
I am awed at how fast they are growing, and at what unique little humans they are showing themselves to be. They both have areas of gift, and areas of challenge. And different ways of addressing those challenges to overcome.
The days are long but the years are short, as the saying goes. Some days I *long* for bedtime only to miss them like crazy once they are asleep.
I am so thankful for my mom, for the example she has given me (growing up and now as an adult with kids of my own). Without her support and her leading by example I know my own journey would be much more difficult and have an even steeper learning curve.
With #3 due in August, one of the biggest lessons I’m still learning is the value of self care. You can’t pour into others from an empty cup. I want my kids to see & know the importance of taking care of themselves so that they can continue to love on and serve others daily. My goal is to lead by example. #dnaMothersDayGiveaway”