The job requirements for motherhood might read:
"No degree or prior experience required; salary and hours non-negotiable; no paid benefits; lifelong tenure.”
Yet, 85 million women hold this job.
Mom's sacrifice their waistlines, sleep, the backseat of their cars, years of peace and quiet. Is there a reward? Will we make these sacrifices regardless...you bet.
This year, Mother's Day is particularly nostalgic for me, why? My youngest daughter is about to become a Mother, herself. Now I question, did I do it right?
Did I prepare my daughter to be a good Mom?
The realization that none of us is ever truly prepared makes me let go of the potential for guilt. Don't we all just do the best we know how given the limited resources at hand?
Motherhood can be difficult. It’s not an instant gratification thing all the time. When your kids are babies and you’re changing diapers or listening to whining constantly, it can feel overwhelming. But, I want to encourage you, it's worth it.
When you feel their little arms around your neck, and realize you're the center of their world, it's worth every diaper you'll ever change, every tear shed. When she says the words, "I love you, Mommy," you'll know there are no words more heartfelt. It will probably happen on a day you feel you've done everything wrong.
Enjoy every year, especially the first years. Savor them, journal about them. The memories of these years will help you get through the teens.
Most of all, lean on God, because he'll be your ROCK during the challenging times. Prayer will be your strength, God's word; your reminder He is ever present.
I look forward to watching you become the mother God has prepared you to be to Emme. As always, I'm here for you. It's what we Mom's do best.
Happy Mother's Day to all the Mom's, Aunts, Grandmothers, and all those who support Mom's. We need you!
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