I sat down and wrote these words last night after writing letters to all three kids in their Promtly childhood journals (a favorite mothers day tradition of mine). I was tired and a little down and haven’t edited this. Motherhood is hard and wonderful. And these pictures we snapped this weekend are my new favorites of me and my kids. I’m grateful I get to do this.
This Mothers Day what I really need is more sleep.
Oh but these children.
There is no work I would rather be doing. It is requiring and it is rewarding. The joy! The joy! The hugs and the smiles and the snuggles and the giggles.
How can I make sure they never stop?
When I feel bogged down in the laundry and the break-downs and the bedtimes that never go as smoothly as I’d like, I hope I remember what I felt today while reading Elder Holland’s talk (found here). Motherhood is a sacred partnership with the Divine. A mother’s love is the closest thing to Divine love that we can experience in mortality. And like it, it has the power to change + lift up + rescue.
It was a reminder that this work is not meant to be easy. I did not choose it because it would be fun or happy (even if it is often both). But this is the saving of souls. This is the stewardship of God’s own children. This is helping each other home to Him. The effects of this work will echo through the eternities. This is the work that matters.
What can I do to remember this more often? How would my mothering look different if I did?
I am grateful for children who make this important work so joyful. Who love me, always, even when I fall short. I am grateful for a God who gives me this chance with his precious children to grow and change and be better. I love them. And I love Him.
Happy Mother’s Day.
white linen maternity tee: GAP (old, similar here)
maternity boyfriend jeans: Ingrid & Isabel (these are SO comfortable and it is refreshing to have a pair of jeans that isn’t skin tight right now)
woven mules: Splendid (favorite shoe purchase of the year so far – they run tts and come in 3 colors)
Adelaide’s shoes: Pediped (our favorite kids shoe brand for quality + comfort over the last few years)
Lincoln’s shirt: Cat & Jack (on sale for $4!)
Lincoln’s jeans: Blu & Blue, c/o
Lincoln’s Shoes: Pediped
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