Mothering is hard.
Mothering is good.
Mothering is fulfilling.
Mothering is life.
When I had my first son, I had no idea how much it would change my life. You read all the books and think that you understand how your day to day will change. I had no idea. Immediately, this little child was dependent upon me for everything. He literally could not survive without me. There was this great weight upon me that felt the burden of that responsibility.
Now that my kids are a bit older (reaching 7 and 4) the burden is still there, it’s just evolved. I no longer feel the burden that they wouldn’t find nourishment for their bodies without me. (They can open the fridge and find whatever they need or want these days.) Now my heart has filled with the desire to make sure they’re becoming the strong, confident, giving boys that I want them to be for each other and for the future.
It seems to never end. There is always something to think about, worry about and reach for with my kids.
And I wouldn’t change one thing. It is all worth it.
Looking at my siblings and my husband’s siblings, I can see what mothering becomes. While I don’t think the worrying ever ends, I do see the reward of adults who adult well and love as they bring on the next generation. No one person, nor any family, is perfect. But I’ve lived to see the outcome when mothering is done well and with the right intentionality.
And so why celebrate moms only on Mother’s day? I’ve created some graphics with my favorite motherhood quotes. Some speak to me and where I am today, and some speak to encourage.
If you’re a mom and you’re feeling discouraged today, I hope these quotes will encourage you. Share them with the moms in your life to encourage them today, too.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SunTrust. The opinions and text are all mine.