Happy Mother’s Day to all the beautiful women out there. The housekeeper. The tackler of laundry mounds. The nurturer. The home counselor. The homemade cookie baker. The architect of blocks and LEGO’s. The creative snack concocter. The famous pb&j maker. The sticker wearing fashionista. The crushed goldfish vacuumer. MOMS.
There are over 52 job titles a mom holds … here are a few:
- Personal Chef
- Head Cheerleader
- Taxi Driver
- PhD in Anger Management
- Food Tester
- Bed-Wetting Patrol
- Finance Manager
- Laundry Machine Operator
- Errand Runner
- Potty Trainer
- Toy Repair Expert
- Art Director
- Search & Rescue (for pacifiers, favorite blankets)
- Personal Shopper
- Personal Assistant (for everyone in the family!)
- Hug & Kiss Expert
- Boo-Boo Fixer
- Stain Removal Expert
- Seamstress of Superhero Costumes
I want to give a shout out to my mom. My son will be 2 in August, and I have a completely different perspective and appreciation for motherhood now. Moms are rockstars and superheroes, so be sureto tell yours that you love and appreciate her.
Maybe you are a very tired mom right now … you got this! Raising tiny humans OR big humans isn’t easy.
Moms give up countless hours of sleep, the opportunity to take showers without hearing crying in the background, and they become really good at multitasking. Moms give of themselves so that their children can have what they need.
I recently read that in the first 2 years of a child’s life, moms give up the equivalent of 6 months of sleep.
You are not JUST a mom. It was once said that, “Sometimes we wonder if our efforts as moms are worthwhile. We devote all of our time and energy into loving and teaching the children entrusted into our care. Many times our efforts go unseen, and we feel insignificant in the world’s eyes. The world may see you we ‘just a mom,’ but in God’s eyes, your job is important. Raising children to be tenderhearted toward God is one of the greatest tasks you can be called to.”
I never realized that being a mother would be the hardest job I have ever faced.
Well, it is. But, it is also the most rewarding job. No amount of books or years of education can quite prepare you for the journey ahead. It’s a “learn as you go” process. It will test your physical, mental, and spiritual strength more than you ever realized. For real.
I am so thankful for my mom. For the years she spent working multiple jobs to provide for us. For the years she spent selflessly giving of herself and her time so we could experience sports and vacations. For making delicious family breakfasts where we would all sit and spend time together to start the day. For starting the birthday tradition of eating cinnamon buns and Yoohoos (this is one Russ and I have continued in our home). For taking the time to make those delicious, made from scratch cakes we begged for on our birthdays. And for letting me lick the icing bowl.
For the days she spent taking care of her children, taking us to doctor’s appointments, shopping for prom dresses, teaching me how to drive, and challenging me to take education seriously.
I’m thankful that she taught me how to be a wife by example, how to care for my home, and for introducing me to Pinesol. Pinesol also changed my life!
I’m thankful for the late night conversations as a teen about a boy I was falling in love with, who I am now married to and have a precious baby boy with.
I’m thankful for the time she spent planning our wedding, both planning and attending baby showers for Liam, and being a wonderful Nana who babysits (even at the last minute!).
I am also thankful for her example of following Jesus and trusting Him during the good and difficult times.
Today, I also think about and reflect on the beautiful and strong women who experience such heartache on this day. It was just a few years ago on Mother’s Day, I wondered if I would ever be a mom.
Being a mom is about so much more than giving birth to a child.
Maybe you are adopting or considering being a foster mom. Maybe you recently lost your mom. Maybe you are wondering if you’ll ever get pregnant because you’ve been trying for years. Maybe you are a teacher who is investing in the lives of children who ARE YOUR children.
You have maternal instincts and I encourage you to continue using them.
I am sorry if Mother’s Day is one that grieves you, but:
Know that what you do and how you love makes a difference.
Children today need our love. They need our encouragement. They need us to believe in them.
So, here’s to you – regardless of whether you have a miniature genetic version of you or you spend countless hours mentoring children with rough home lives — YOU MATTER and you are deeply, passionately loved by our Heavenly Father. You are treasured by the lives you touch.
Today, as I reflect on the beauty of my mother and the mother I want to be, I reflect on Proverbs 31: 25-31,
“She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness. She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness. Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her: ‘There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!‘ Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised. Reward her for all she has done. Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.”
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there and to my mom!
Beautiful Chaos is about finding joy, hope, and healing in every phase of life.