This afternoon, as I’m processing my day and thinking about bills and grocery shopping and cleaning the house, I look over to my son sleeping peacefully. With his Ellie soother cuddled up to his face, I am in awe of being a mother. My fears of making it through the week on what we have in the fridge and what’s next on my to-do list disappears.
I mean, come on! We are taking care of human beings that will be/are able to make decisions on who they want to marry someday; console a friend who’s downhearted; change atmospheres; be amazing at English and need tutoring in Math; become an astronaut….
Well, whatever our kids grow up to be or are… the fact still remains.
We are mothers and we are doing the best job we can.
And YOU should be proud. Be very, very proud. Because you, my fellow mama, have been given the opportunity to build a legacy. A legacy, through your kiddos, that could reach people far beyond those in their school, gym, or workplace. They are the next generation, and YOU are the cultivator of it.
What a mighty and humbling responsibility.
The other day, I was on a few sites looking up advice on what to feed my 4 month old now that he is starting to be interested in more than just breast milk. And all I can see are mothers tearing each other apart about what’s wrong and what’s right and WHO is doing it better.
It’s a real shame.
How amazing and how gracious is Our God that he created us so uniquely. And our children, for that matter. That not one woman was cloned and then placed into other women’s bodies. No! We are so so unique to one another. And how amazing is it that in our uniqueness is the grace to fail. That’s right you heard me! We have the grace to make mistakes in the art of mothering. We are not perfect mamas! We are not always going to get it “right”! But we get to pick ourselves back up and learn from our mistakes and become stronger and better parents for our kids!
We should be banning together and lifting one another up and being content with the fact that we are being the Okay-est Mamas we can be. We need to give one another grace and compassion because we are all in this together. Your children and my children are different, your parenting style and my parenting style are different…And that is okay.
Actually, it’s not just okay, it’s beautiful.
Mamas, this Mother’s day, think about the journey you’ve taken transitioning into Motherhood. Be proud of yourself. Be thankful for the position you’re in. Life is not easy and I think parenting is probably one of the hardest, most frustrating and yet the most rewarding things we could possibly do.
…and you ARE doing it! (haha!)
Enjoy your uniqueness. Embrace God’s grace. And BUILD YOUR LEGACY.
A very very blessed and happy Mother’s day to you all!
** For those of you who don’t know my heart as well as some, please read this post with an open heart and with integrity. I know there could be a few mamas out there that might take this generalization far out and think i’m talking about the mothers that beat their kids or do anything that harms children on purpose– that’s not what I’m saying and you should know it.