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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

My thoughts on Motherhood

Do you ever just sit back and become completely overwhelmed with the fact that you're a mother? That this child or children are relying on us to teach them good principles? To teach them to be good people and love life? I don't know if motherhood has consumed my thoughts, because my daughter is turning eight soon and will be baptized, or having a new baby in the home, or the combination of both. But my thoughts are continually on motherhood. Am I being a good mom? Am I setting a good example? Am I preparing my children for the good and bad things of life? Do I tell me kids enough how important they are to me?

Motherhood, to me, is like this big, giant, scary, wonderful, roller coaster ride. There are highs and lows, scary parts, exciting parts, fun parts, parts that make us want to get off and parts that make us want to hold tight and stay on. You don't know what is going to happen next. And before we know it the ride will be over!

I am scared and excited to watch my children learn and grow. To make mistakes and make me proud. To see them with their own children, wives, and husbands. And although it scares me...it mostly makes me completely and utterly overwhelmed!

Overwhelmed that the Lord has blessed and entrusted me with four beautiful wonderful children. Overwhelmed at the capacity of love I can have for each of them. Over whelmed with the hope that I can "measure up to" at least a smidgen of my own mother and mother's I admire! I feel overwhelmed with the fact that although I am FAR from perfect, these little creatures that I love so much love me back, despite my shortcomings as a mother.

With all the scary things we experience as mothers, the good far out weighs the bad! It is the small moments when I hear one of my children utter a sweet innocent prayer, or the moments they whisper they love me, or look at me and smile that completely make every minute of motherhood worth it. The never ending laundry fades away to the back of my mind, the bills, the housework, the yard work, all of it disappears and nothing else matters besides my family and the love that is all consuming, that I have for them!

I can't think of a better word to be called then "Mom".
Yes, motherhood is sacred, special, wonderful, and great!!

I may have those days when I want to throw in the towel, but all I have to do is look at my children and quickly remember those little things that make it all worth it and I am completely overwhelmed with my blessings once again!!

Getting paid in smiles, hugs, and kisses is the best pay check I have ever received!

I love this thing called MOTHERHOOD!!


15 comments:

Kristin said...

Two words...LOVE IT!!

Jill said...

I don't even have words! You said it all. Sometimes motherhood is very overwhelming. And yet, thankfully, there are wonderful rewarding moments as well.

I don't know how all the rest of your family is doing, but it is fun for me to read your blog and Rebecca's. I'm sure things seemed crazy over at your house for your mom growing up, but you've all become wondeful moms! And I see you passing the same great things from her onto your children. Your mom is a great mom. And I can tell you are as well.

The Coonsters said...

I have truly been blessed with wonderful children. Yes, life can be tough...being a mom can be tougher, but, oh, so rewarding. Even when challenges come along, we need to learn all we can from them, and go on. Relying totally on our Father in Heaven for help. HE is always there waiting to hear and answer our prayers and help us magnify our calling as a mother. I love you Bonnie.. You are a great MOM!!

Mandy said...

What a beautiful post. I loved every word I read!!! You nailed it right on the button. Your family is so well put together....your children are adorably beautiful and you have a wonderful husband who cherishes you. I love it!!!

You are such a magnificent mother...I can tell by the way you talk about them and from the photos you post. Wouldn't it be fun if we lived closer so our kids could play? I just love you Bon....I've looked up to you ever since Hanna became my best friend. You are filled with this fun loving energy that everyone wants to be a part of.

XOXO

The Prettymans said...

I couldn't have said it better myself! Being a Mom is so awesome! I'm glad to see you guys are doing well!

KJWilsons said...

You hit the nail on the head. Great post!

Jenna said...

What a sweet post. You hit the nail right on the head. I always love reading your posts so much - thanks.

Christina said...

Beautiful. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. And I really needed to hear it too. I love how you compare motherhood to a roller coaster ride. I will probably always use that analogy because it's so perfect. Just the other day I was crying, wanting to get off the ride. Thanks.

The Cutlers said...

Ditto to all of the above. You are such a good mom and you help me to be a better mom as well. I love ya and appreciate your example to me. that was a very thoughtful post. Your kids are so lucky!

kim said...

Everything you said is SO true. i was just thinking this exact thing the other day. It is so overwhelming sometimes, but we have to let the small stuff go and look at what's really important.
:)
good job boogs!! haha

The Meyers said...

You amaze me Bonnie!

happystuff4 said...

You took the words right out of my mouth!! I have been thinking the same thing it has to be the new baby in the house lol!! You are such a great person Bonnie thanks for your thoughts

The Rowe Family said...

This is my favorite post I've ever read, I think. :)

The Rowe Family said...

I think this is my favorite post I've ever read. Thank you! :)

Madeline and Family said...

man, I thouhgt I left a comment on this one because I read it right after you wrote it. I just wanted to say that I agree with you and your thoughts about being a mother and the blessings that come with it. Great post!