Saturday, May 12, 2012

Weekends: Reflections on Motherhood


Five years ago, I became a mother. It's the most important role I've ever had to play. It's a humbling experience knowing that I have these two girls to love, nurture, and guide. I get to teach them and play with them. I laugh with them. I pray every day that they will continue to delight in the world around them. We play games, go on walks, draw pictures, and cook together. I do all this knowing that one day this will change. They will grow up and find their way in the world. They'll make mistakes, have their heart broken, and struggle at times. But, they'll also laugh, love, follow their dreams, and have adventures. Oh, I do hope they have adventures!



All I can do is love them and guide them. Yes - that is enough. I'll encourage the laughter, the hugs, and the late night giggle sessions between sisters. I'll pray that they remain good friends throughout their life. I'll pray that they never lose their endless curiosity and eagerness to learn. I hope they remain compassionate to both people and animals. I pray they will always be the lovely young ladies that they currently are.


As a mother, I sometimes doubt myself. Don't we all? But I know deep down that as long as my girls have plenty of love and gentle hands to guide them, they will thrive. And that is what being a mother - no, being a parent - is all about.

What does motherhood mean to you?

Happy Mother's Day!

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7 comments:

  1. Many of the same things. Time is flying by and as I see my teenagers turning into young adults I am sad and yet happy. I'm so proud of their achievements, their values and the people they have become. As I watch my youngest going from toddler to preschooler I hold on a little tighter. So blessed to be a Mom to these 3 amazing children.

    Wonderful post. Happy Mother's Day to you!

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  2. A great reflection on being a mom :) Happy Mother's Day to you!!

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  3. What a sweet reflection! I can't believe how fast the years go. So I try to relish in all the moments, even the tough ones. Thank you for sharing and Happy Mother's Day to you!

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  4. Beautiful post, Terri. It does fly by so quickly. I miss my little boys every single men. I'm excited to see the young men that they're turning into, but I would do anything to go back and have my baby and toddler days back. Motherhood is so very bitter-sweet. Loving the place that you and your children are in, and looking forward to what's yet to come, while at the same time, missing the days gone by, and wishing you could go back in time, and re-live them again.

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  5. What a lovely post! Mothering is such a difficult job it is always good to remember that we can't be perfect but as lobg as we give them plenty of love,they will thrive.

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  6. Really beautiful post. Motherhood is sometimes overwhelming for me. Having two little people who rely on me to help them find their own path - it is so rewarding (and exhausting).

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  7. Being a mom is one of the toughest and rewarding things I have done. I started A Little Journal to capture life's precious moments and to remind myself how great my life is :)

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