Thursday, August 21, 2008

The truth about Motherhood

I don't sugarcoat motherhood. When people ask me Do you like being a Mother I just can't always answer "Yes, I LOVE being a mother" because there are times I really don't enjoy the responsibilities motherhood. There's the diapers, the tantrums, the in and out during church, messy meal times, the constant mess being re-created over and over, the stubbornness, the long days, the sleepless nights, not to mention the screaming, trying to figure out how to be a better mum and what's going wrong, trying to understand what they want, trying to find peace.

Sometimes, I find myself exhausted with trying to be patient or from following Jack around picking up his mess, cleaning his highchair and vacuuming and vacuuming again and again. Motherhood is tough! Motherhood should be on Mike Rowe's Dirty Jobs, seriously what's he waiting for?

I have decided that mothers are truly the backbone of society. Through the beautiful moments when our children's eyes sparkle with curiosity, when they bury their head in our chest seeking comfort, their giggles and hunger for discovery, when they dance by bopping their booty, when they try and pray with us, when they need us more than anyone or anything else, it is these moments that fuel us mothers to get up every morning and use every ounce of energy to be the best Mother we can using the knowledge we have. In doing this we are paving the future. What a wonderful responsibility and opportunity to make a difference.

What responsibilities we mothers have, I know I couldn't do it without the divine help of God. Since I have embarked on the journey of motherhood I have spent more time on my knees asking God for direction and guidance, what a blessing it is to know that someone far more powerful is ready to lend a heavenly hand. Although being a mother has it's downs the ups far out weight them. I am still so inexperienced but I have seen how being a mother has molded me in a better person and I hope that I will seize each challenge and allow it to continually make me better.

I may not always love the responsibilities of motherhood but I always am HONORED to be a mother. I am honored to spend each day trying to teach Jack that Ben and I love him, about the world in which he lives, about his potential and about his Heavenly Father.

Being a mother is the greatest privilege and blessing.


Lesley-Ann said...

What a lovely post, from what I have observed you are a wonderful and patient mother, better then I ever was! I am so proud of you Jess, you have certainly risen to the challenges of motherhood.

Debs said...

You've worded so well what so many of us mothers feel. Motherhood is a wonderful journey - and I'm loving this time of my life too.

Ashley said...

That post really touched me. Amen to everything you said. I know that you are a wonderful mother.

Michelle said...

That's so sweet. You hide your exhaustion and impatience well because you always seem to be having the time of your life. I always feel like I need to have a better attitude when I am around you. It's good to know you are human too! :)

Benjamin said...

I can testify that she is an amazing mother. I see her struggle with Jack and teaching him the difference between right and wrong; yet she does it with such patience. I couldn't ask for a better wife or a better son. We are truly blessed. You've brightened my life honey, and are doing the same for our son.

Nate & Carlee said...

Amen to that sister. Although I have to admit you have way more patience than I do...I should take some notes.

Teagan said...

he is so handsome!!!

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