What it means to me o be a Momma?
When I think about being a Mom and what it has meant to me, my first thoughts go to God. I have to thank Him for giving me the gift of 4 children. He really knew how very ill-equipped I was but gave me these precious children as gifts anyway. He had the foreknowledge to know just how much they would grow and mature me as a person and give me a little insight as to how very selfish I was (and still am at times) You see you don’t realize all of this until you become a Momma, and your time is not your own anymore.
I also want to thank my own Mother, who is 82 years old and lives down the road from me. She has loved me, listened to me and helped point me in the right direction. She also has prayed for me and been honest to say she didn’t have all the answers, but she did know someone who did.
When I became a Momma 37 years ago to my daughter, Jessica I was so excited to have a little girl. Then it was six years later when I had my son, Briley. Cortland came two years later and Lawson, the youngest, two years after Cortland.
Life was busy, and I remember being tired all the time. Now I look back and think those were the days I enjoyed the most. I just didn’t realize that until they were gone. I suppose I would say to young Mom’s – enjoy each season, because it passes so quickly. They grow up much faster than I dreamed they would. Yes, I know you are physically tired, but as they grow, you aren’t physically taxed like you were when they were little, now you are emotionally taxed. You see so much happening in the world, and all you want as a mother is to love and protect your children. This sometimes looks much different than you thought it would, and what I mean by that is you have to let go of them so they can fall and fly. They have to figure life out on their own, because I’m not going to be around forever. This is extremely hard, because our nature is to hold on tighter, rather than to let go. This is when my prayer life really developed, because God was the only one that can carry me through these times. And He continues to grow me as a person through my kids and now through my grandkids. I hope I never stop growing and learning through my kids, and grandkids. I pray I leave a legacy of trusting and following Him to my children, grandchildren and the generations to come.
That’s why I’m so grateful to be a Mom!
This blog post is dedicated to my mother, Barbara Brown. I am so lucky to have been able to celebrate her yesterday at her house
Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mommas!