Friday Frazzle: The Joy of Motherhood

This week I’ve seen my social media timelines filled with beautiful daughters and handsome sons in recognition of Sons and Daughters Days. All of the posts celebrated their children and all of the posts made you feel the love that the parents have for their babies. I’m no exception. I love being a mother. It’s one of the best gifts I’ve ever been given.

I still remember the day I found out I was expecting Bug. I was on the phone with a dear sister-friend. I took the test on a whim. Well, that’s not actually true. I took the test because I’d picked up her Christmas gift and was standing in the line at Old Navy when a wave of nausea and light headedness hit me. I thought my blood sugar was low as I hadn’t eaten anything that morning. I grabbed a pregnancy test from the pharmacy as an after thought, after all I was on the pill faithfully. The line on the test turned blue with ridiculous speed and I knew within myself that he was a boy. I was about to be a mom.

There is a saying that Moms love their sons hard. It may be true. But for us, it was just us for five years. We conquered and took over together. He’s my first born and I adore him. I say the same for my daughters. They are such kind and sweet souls, with such powerful love and genuine peace. I love their curiosity, their look at the world. I am so thankful that God allows me to be their mother.

I have always wanted to be a mother. I am so grateful for the opportunity to do so. I’m actively praying for the ones who haven’t had the opportunity, but want it so desperately. I know that pain and I am praying for you even now.

In honor of today’s Friday Frazzle, I am listing the five things I love about being a mom to Bug, Honeybee, and baby A.

1.  There’s an endless supply of hugs.  Every morning and every night, I get to end my evenings with hugs and kisses from my little people. Some nights I just lay in beds cuddling after story time, or I sit beside them on the couch while they tell me about their day.  It never fails.  No matter what kind of day I’ve had, these hugs keep me going.
2.  There’s never a dull moment.  My three keep me on my toes.  From Hide and Seek, to playing with dolls, to learning the latest dance steps from my 12 yo, it’s a never ending show in my home and I wouldn’t change it for anything.
3.  Everyone is different.  The personalities in my bunch are so eclectic.  Honeybee is extremely competitive and gets frustrated if she doesn’t achieve something on her own terms.  Bug is my laid back, laissez-faire, take-it-as-it-comes child.  He doesn’t mind the flow of the world and is content to flow with it while maintaining his calm.  My baby A. is a bunch of energy.  Now that she is mobile, she wants to attempt to run everywhere.  She never wants to slow down and is very curious.  She also lets you know when she is not happy.  There is NO doubt about that one.

4.  Small things mean a lot.  I recently took the time to lay down beside Honeybee and listen to her sing a song she’d made up.  I was attentive and told her I loved the song after it was done.  She turned to me and thanked me for listening to her song and told me she loved me.  It meant something to her just to have me listen and spend time with her.  That’s the great thing about motherhood.  You don’t have to spend tons of money to make an impact.  Your time is more than enough.

5.  You will have so many moments of pride.    There are so many awesome and amazing things to be proud of in your kids.  You’re proud when they take their first steps.  You are proud when they get their first A in class.  You’re proud when they decide on their own to become followers of Christ.  It’s the same for us.  Honeybee faced a fear and overcame a fear of trying to make new friends.  I was proud.  Bug tried his hardest to get a hit last baseball season.  He practiced and worked ever so hard.  He got his hit and created a great play for three of his teammates.  I was so proud.  Baby A. kept coming to the stairs and crying because she wanted to go up.  I showed her how to climb.  She does it on her own now.  I’m so proud.  Motherhood allows me the opportunity to see my little people grow into big people with their own thoughts and emotions.  I am SO thankful for that opportunity.  I can’t wait to see where God will lead them and I look forward to the journey.

Have a great Friday!


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