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~A Tribute to Mothers~ By Jessa (with special interviews!)
I woke up one early morning put on a pot of coffee, fixed lunch for my husband and made a bottle for my son. My calendar is hanging on the side of the fridge, so it is easy for me to see upcoming birthdays, appointments, family gatherings, and helpful reminders. I turned the page to the month of May. Looking to see what the month had in store, I was quickly reminded it is the month to celebrate mothers. I smiled and thanked the Lord because I now understand to a greater degree what it means to be a mommy, and the beauty that Mother’s Day holds. Though generations have celebrated Mother’s Day since the 1914, Heaven and Earth have always sung with extraordinary joy over a mother’s womb, and the children she bears. It continues to echo through eternity from Heaven’s heart to a mother’s womb and then praise on her children’s lips then back to heaven again.
Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her. —Proverbs 31:28
My personal memories from my past are warm and valuable to me because of who my mother was. My father, brother, and I celebrated my mom with a gift and card, and she always received it with such a gentle tenderness. She always showed appreciation with her beaming smile and tear-filled eyes—I will never forget her warm affectionate hugs that spoke “I love you” a thousand times…
As I reflect on the last six months of this new chapter of my life, it has been a gift to experience being a mother to my son. What I absolutely love about being a mommy thus far is every day is unique. I may have an idea of what it may entail, however, Oliver is constantly leading me into new experiences. From his beaming smile, infectious giggle, and piercing cry—Everything about him is so precious. Even when he spits up and makes a mess, he is my son and I couldn’t be prouder to me his mommy.
Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him. ~ Psalm127: 3-5
Every mother has a story from her experience. It is hidden as a gift from her children in the depth of her heart… As I wrote this blog, I wanted to give the opportunity for a few beautiful mothers I know to share with us their favorite thing about being a mother:
From Liz: “It is hard to put into words or simplify into one thing what is my favorite about being a mother. What I can say is that being a mother is transformational. Never have I known such joy or such fear. These intense feelings that come with being a mother have given me insight into how truly God must have felt, seeing his Son on the cross. How heartbroken He must have been for His son to call out to Him, knowing His sacrifice would be the only way to reunite Himself with the rest of his children. And, how much He wants to love on us, his adopted children, and the necessity of His discipline as all children need. Being a mother, having felt this little being grow within you, and then getting to participate in the magnificence of watching and helping them grow?! Amazing! Being a mother is a beautiful test of who you are. Taking some joy in waking up in the night because you get to hold that little baby one more time and the thought of your baby not being a baby anymore makes you want to cry, yet eager to know who they will grow to be. Being a mother, bringing a human into this world, is a blessing, a true gift from God. I am so thankful that I have been privileged to experience it.
I recall, that my favorite moments with my son is going to his room each morning when he wakes up for the day and seeing him look up at me from his crib and give me a big ole smile. Oh, that smile melts me like winter warlock receiving his toy from Chris Kringle. Isaac often puts his bunny lovingly over his face in the morning and kicks his feet and waits for me to come in to play his game with him. It’s his version of peek-a-boo.”
From Stephanie: “My favorite thing about being a mom this past year has been seeing Ember discover the world around her and grow and accomplish all the little feats that come with the 1st year of life, like walking and cutting teeth. It amazes me and fills me with such pride and joy as a mama. I also love that she is at a stage where she gives her parents hugs and kisses, it’s the best!”
From Kirsten: “My favorite thing about being a mama is the chaos. I know that sounds like an odd aspect of motherhood to enjoy, but it’s the truth. I love seeing the messy living room, the dish-stacked kitchen, the overflowing laundry pile. I get the sincerest hug from my sweet sticky toddler and the mess washes away. There’s a massive amount of dirty diapers in and out of the trash but my beautiful baby boy making music from the Heavens with his new-found giggles make diapers seem like gifts. When I see the brothers I made snuggle up together on a blanket, one using words the other making coos, my heart feels like it will burst with anymore love. I made two perfect little boys that will forever be bonded. I look at them and I realize I am not only raising boys, I am raising men, husbands, fathers, employees, bosses, and God-fearing leaders. I am raising my legacy.”
From Charise: “My name is Charise, and I am 35 years old. I have been a Mom for almost 10 years to three daughters. What I love most about being a Mom is probably what is the hardest part, and that is dying to myself in order to be the Mother my family needs me to be. In this process, I also discover the true, authentic me, the woman God destined me to be, and that wouldn’t have happened the same way without children. I realize that one day I will be gone like a vapor, but the memories, the cuddles, the dinners, the way I fold the laundry, the way I wipe tears and comfort, the way I lose sleep to literally keep my kids live’s sustained, whether that’s nursing a hungry baby, or nursing the baby who just had open heart surgery back to health, will be passed down through the generations, just like my own Mom and her memory was passed down to me.”
From Cassie: “At the age of 19, I was told that children would not be an option. At 19, that news disappointed me, but I knew I was too selfish to have kids, so I lived my life for me. November 7th, 2008, I took a test that revealed to me that my life would be forever changed. June 20th, 2009 was the day my miracle was born. Patience paved the way for who I am today. She has been my greatest teacher and my longest love. April 2017, we made the decision to try to have another baby and on August 14th, 2017, found out Patience would not be alone. April 6th, 2018 brought us Lennon, the sweetest little Wiggle-Worm who also made Patience a big sister. The moment Patience looked at and held Lennon for the first time, I knew this was what I was made for. These two amazing little ladies, so full of love and light have taught me and continue to teach me what it is to be a mom. They show me every day what love truly is. They are my reason for living.”
From Vanessa: “My favorite thing about being a mom is that I no longer feel selfish. The blessing in children, I believe, is that they teach you the lessons of the heart. To be patient, to be selfless, to forgive, and to be truly genuine in unconditional love. Children are teachers and pacifiers for the restless soul for us parents. I have purpose now until the day I die. That is my favorite thing about being a mother.”
From Bayleigh: “I love being a mom because it is the proudest thing I have ever done. I am raising two little humans to make a difference in this hurting, yet beautiful world.
My sons bring out the best in me, and it gives me courage to face and conquer my own fears so that I can allow them to see that no matter they face in life, you can accomplish what you want!”
I would like to celebrate all mothers and say thank you for being the wonderful moms you are. Thank you for being such an amazing role model for your children and other women. Thank you for giving so much of yourself every day to pour into the lives of your children, believing and wanting the very best for them always -working to make your ceiling be their floor. Thank you for your truest selves, and for selflessly giving every day to show you care and make a positive difference in their lives. Mother Teresa said, “If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.” Mothers, thank you for doing just that. Mother’s Day is the celebration of the priceless gift of a mother and the gift of her children received as a gift from the Lord.
We remember, celebrate, enjoy, and give thanks for such a gift.