It's two days past Mother's Day but you can still feel the gratitude in the air...profile pictures of people with their mothers, pictures of beautiful children, and wonderful posts about motherhood. This was my third year as a mother and I am extremely grateful to God for choosing me to be a mother. I have not always been the most maternal person but I couldn't imagine my life without my baby boy. The stretch marks, labor pains, and sleepless nights were all worth it! My son was under the weather so I wasn't able to go out for a Mother's Day dinner but it was a pleasure to enjoy the day with my little guy and my husband. That goes to show you that there are no breaks for mothers...365 days of the year...24/7. But, I do it with joy!
|Mommy and Jayden|
Motherhood has taught me many lessons and it has made me really examine myself. Why do I do that? Why does that bother me? I really need more patience! Does this sound familiar? I've realized just how maternal I really am but also the areas where I need to grow. I've also gained a whole new respect for my mother and the sacrifices that she made for me. I often reflect on my mother and her strength. I am amazed at how much she did with very little resources. My mother has faced many health challenges over the past 10+ years but God has proven himself to be a healer! I am so grateful to still have my mother...her wisdom, her comfort, her cooking, and her support.
|My Mommy and I On My Wedding Day|
On Mother's Day eve, I came across the story of a food blogger (www.babyboybakery.com) who lost her three year old son Ryan in a tragic accident just days prior. I am very sensitive to the pain of others and I couldn't stop crying as I looked through Instagram pictures of her beautiful family. I couldn't help but think of my three year old and how blessed I was to be able to hug him on Mother's Day. I felt a plethora of emotions as I thought of Ryan...sadness, sympathy, anger, disbelief...you name it! But after I prayed for Ryan's parents, I felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude. I don't know why God wanted Ryan back so soon but his ways are not our ways. I trust that everything God does is out of love and somehow this will work together for their good.
|Ryan and His Mommy Jacqui|