Moms make the world go round! Seriously, if it weren’t for moms none of us would be here. So, in honor of Mother’s Day, I asked some of the most inspiring moms I know to give me an original excerpt, some advice, or encouraging words on being a mom. It was such a joy reading their responses; some made me laugh, some made me cry, but all made me proud to be a mom and to be surrounded by such amazing and inspiring mothers. I hope you enjoy their crazy, beautiful, fun, and wise comments as much as I did. Here they are in order of receipt…
“Forget about the dirty dishes in the sink, they will always be there. But the opportunities and memories that you could’ve had to spend time with them will not… Also, calling your 4 year old a ‘grump-a-pus’ in the middle of an epic tantrum is extremely counterproductive.” -Rachel D., Mother of 1 strong-willed, wild 4 year old boy
“There is more to a boy than what his mother sees. There is more to a boy than what his father dreams. Inside every boy lies a heart that beats. And sometimes it screams, refusing to take defeat. And sometimes his father’s dreams aren’t big enough, and sometimes his mother’s vision isn’t long enough. And sometimes the boy has to dream his own dreams and break through the clouds with his own sunbeams. That boy belongs to me and I couldn’t be more proud, but part of my heart leaves with him. The sadness is overwhelming for a while, but I know he must go. Then, I imagine that smile as he conquers the world in his own way and am glad that he has gone.” (Written as her son was headed back to college after a short visit home) -Stephenie P., Mother of 4 to Kyle, 33; Colin, 32; Geoff, 25; and Madi, 20.
“Now that I have a preschooler, toddler, and a newborn we eat more peanut butter and jelly sandwiches than I’d like to admit. Sarcasm and going outside have become my sanity haha! But I’ve never been more happy, my family feels complete with my two little girls and baby boy. I know easier days are to come, this isn’t my first rodeo. So for now, I’m embracing the mayhem and the bitter sweetness of having my last baby.” -Amanda F., Mother of 3 little ones
“Never turn down a random hug or kiss, it’s good for their soul. If they ask a question about something explain it to them. They are a lot more intelligent at a young age then some people give them credit for. Include them! They love to be with you and do what you’re doing. Play with them. Life goes by way too fast and one day you’ll miss it.” -Ashley W., blessed mother on 1 full of life 4 yr old daughter
“Explore, explain, experience with your children… Explore the unknown (new opportunities and adventures each day). Explain and leave the first impression of new things for them (we as moms introduce them to many new things before anyone else will). Experience the wonder of parenthood (boo boos, upsets, and joy can happen all within 5 minutes!) Embrace it all!!! The reward and love is immeasurable! -Kimberly S., Mommy of 2
“Enjoy every minute of every stage of your children’s lives. The days may feel long but the years are short. Embrace all the little moments; the good ones with the hard. One day, you’ll realize all those little moments will actually become the greatest memories of your life.” -Patricia, Mother of the two (4 & 6) sweetest kids in the world
“As a mother of three children, with a full-time job, and full-time school I understand what it means to be overwhelmed. So I stop and remember to take a deep breath and breathe in God’s goodness, peace, and strength and breath out anything weighing me down. He is always as close as that breath that I take in.” -Regina W., Mom of 3
“As a single mother for seven years, there were MANY times where I felt like I had failed, like I wasn’t doing good enough, and I just needed to give up. But then she would look up at me, tell me she loved me, and put her arms around my neck… That’s all I ever needed. Through the hard times, the struggles, and all the heartaches, I prayed daily for God to send me a miracle. I just needed to wake up and realize, He already gave me one.” . -Devyn S., Happily married with a 10 yr old daughter and a 6 yr old step son
“Don’t feel guilty to take time for yourself.” -Amanda L., Mother of 2 (7 & 3 yr old boys)
“Cleaning the house becomes a fun dance party. We put on the music and dance with the broom or mop and each other. Also, when we drive around, we put away all electronics. We have family talk sessions about church, God, and what they’ve learned. “ -Annette, Single mother of 4 girls and 2 boys (ages 9-25)
“Don’t embarrass your kids! Lol. My boys are grown now, 31 and 28. But to this day they thank me for not embarrassing them when they were growing up. As much as we want to step in and give the coach, or the barber, or the mean girls a piece of our mind, think about your kids and don’t embarrass them. They’ll appreciate that a lot more.” -Donna D., Mother of 2 grown men
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! We salute you!
One Blessed Mother, Rachel D.