There is eternal power and influence in motherhood.
-Julie B. Beck
Seeing the first image of our baby inside of our womb, the excitement of feeling the first kick inside our swollen bellies, the forever waited sound of the first breathe and cry at birth—all produces a plethora of emotions and fairytale like dreams.
Instant tears of joy and feelings of entitlement for our baby boy or baby girl—They will have our best and they will be the best at whatever they set out to do in life. We will always be there for them.
What is missing from the arrival of our bundle of joy is, a book of wisdom. Although you can find just about any book on any topic of how to do anything online and in stores, no single approach to parenting is a guarantee.
Every child and every mother is unique. We become mothers with an abundance of love and only our bag of history, experiences, and knowledge—the good and the bad.
Just as our moms raised us the best they could, we follow pursuit and plan to do the same, but better (or so we think).
It has taken me many years to step away from the idealism of how my mom should have raised me versus how I was raised.
Burying the judging gavel, allows me to see with clarity.
I see myself in her, which took over 25 years to happen.
I am an extension of my mother and I represent book two of Lena.
That little seed of kindness inside of her has blossomed within me and for that I am grateful.
That mighty strength of hers, which moves the heavens and the earth, has not fully matured within in me; I yearn for it, but patiently wait, as the growth is ongoing.
We are fiery women. Like an out of control woods fire, Mom’s flame skips around readily. I have the flame too, but work hard to suppress it. Occasionally the beast escapes. When the fire kindles, I am Lena’s lookalike.
Mother’s love for fashion and style (when she was younger) was evident in her old pics– Hmm… I got that from her too! Lol!
She loves to win…so do I. 🙂
While I may not like or agree with everything about the process of how I have become the woman I am today,
I very much like who I am and give homage, praise and thanks to my mother for creating me.
To all the moms, mother’s-to-be, fill in moms, Nanas, mom-moms and everything else, Happy Mother’s Day and thank you for all that you do!!! 🙂
Motherhood quotes that make me smile: 🙂
“A mother is a mother from the moment her baby is first placed in her arms until eternity. It didn’t matter if her child were three, thirteen, or thirty.”
― Sarah Strohmeyer, Kindred Spirits
“…moms, even good ones, sometimes lose it a little so as not to lose it all.”
― Susan Squire
“A mother who would stop at nothing for her child is dangerous woman when crossed.”
― Solange nicole
“I cannot admit this out loud. In the first place, we are expected to be supermoms these days, instead of admitting that we have flaws. It is tempting to believe that all mothers wake up feeling fresh every morning, never raise their voices, only cook with organic food, and are equally at ease with the CEO and the PTA.”
― Jodi Picoult, House Rules
“Half the time your kids end up hating you for at least 5 of their teenage years[.] And don’t ever expect anything so mundane as a thank you”
― Donna Ball, At Home on Ladybug Farm