What does it mean to be a mother? And why would anyone want to become one? Why would women give up certain goals and dreams in order to raise messy, cranky little people? Why would they give up their bodies, their living space, and their finances, just to create a little version of themselves? Perhaps because they understand that motherhood is a calling and a blessing, despite its trials. I am always amazed at the remarkable women I see in the world today, the amazing mothers who nurture their children, who are doing an amazing job. So, today I am sharing some powerful and inspirational motherhood quotes from mothers like you. These fellow writers and I share a little of what it means to be a mother. Enjoy!
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Motherhood Quotes from Mothers Like You
A couple of weeks ago, I was up late with the three-year-old, who has recently decided that sleeping through the night is for wimps. He eventually passed out on my lap while watching Toy Story 3, and I took some time to reflect on how much my life has changed in the past ten years.
As I looked down, the first thing I saw was my stomach, lumpy and stretch marked after carrying two children pretty much back-to-back. Sigh. There was a time when that stomach was flat. There was a time when I was a size 2. There was a time when I was sexy and I knew it. That time has passed, never to return again.
But then I looked just past my stomach, and there was my sleeping baby. My heart. And looking at him, a flat stomach didn’t seem like such a big deal anymore. Maybe my stomach isn’t beautiful anymore, but my life is beautiful. So, in the middle of this reflection, I snapped this picture, and posted it on Instagram with this caption:
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[…]I knew there would be a lot of sleeplessness (and trust me, I’ve had my nights when I did not appreciate being awakened!). I knew I would be with this little one almost all the time, around the clock, because no one else in the world can provide for her what I can. But that’s just the thing – no one else in the world can provide for her what I can! How cool is that?
These past couple weeks have been a revelation to me. I LOVE being a mommy. You know how some people talk about how much they love their job, that they just know they are doing what they were made to do? Well, I’ve always enjoyed the things I’ve done, but I never felt that settled feeling of being right where I was supposed to be. Now I do.
What’s been surprising to me about motherhood is how much I love it. I knew I would love my children, but I thought I would feel little resentments, even now at the beginning. You know – I thought it would be upsetting that I can’t just do what I want every so often. I thought it would bother me that I can’t get everything else done and get around to what I want to do. I am not a patient person. But with Aria, I am. I just am. […]
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A Letter to Our Four Beautiful Children –
When I was a child and people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I always answered, a mother. I knew from the time I was young that being a mother was my role and my calling in this life. I have always wished to have you in my life. Little did I know how much the four of you would mean to me and how much you would change my life, each in your own special way.
When the first baby came into our lives, your father and I were so nervous that we would mess up. We had no idea what we were doing. Somehow we figured things out a little at a time and learned a little about parenting. However, the thing we learned the most about was love. It was so amazing to me, and your Dad how much we could love such a new and tiny creature. Becoming a mother made me capable of loving so much deeper than I ever imagined.
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As I sat rocking my four month old to bed tonight I thought about how much I enjoyed this time with him. How much I will miss it when he just goes to bed on his own. I know most of you are thinking this is probably horrible advice, but when I look back and think about how much I stressed over having “the perfect child” that had a perfect schedule, I feel sad that I didn’t rock them and enjoy that precious time with them in my arms. I love looking down into his sweet eyes as he sucks on his paci and looks up at me like I am the whole world to him. I am the world to him right now… so I am going to enjoy it while it last because time passes way to quickly.
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Becoming a stay-at-home mom was one of the hardest, most humbling experiences I’ve ever had. I don’t think that being a stay-at-home mom is harder than anything else, but it has tried me and my personal limits in ways nothing else has.
These past three years I’ve grown, our family has grown, my marriage has grown. I’ve learned things about myself, I’ve done things I didn’t know I could do, and I’ve surprised myself with my accomplishments as a mom to these sweet kiddos.
Being a stay-at-home mom is so physically active, and it never quits. It is because of the little people in my life who have taught me life lessons that will stick. Those three little answered prayers that wake me up at the crack of dawn, need something every 5 minutes without fail, and give me the biggest warmest hugs, make up the best full-time job. They are not perfect, but they are mine, and 5 years ago my life changed forever, and 3 years ago I got a huge promotion.
So not only is today my anniversary for being a stay at home mom, but it is the eve of my daughter’s birthday, the day I became a mom for the first time! Happy Momiversary to me!
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Maybe motherhood is the answer to that prayer I prayed ten years ago, “I want to be more like You.” I’ve been given what I asked for — an opportunity to grow in grace. Yes, motherhood is hard, and thankless. I don’t want to minimize that AT ALL. But when I look at my life, at who I am now and who I want to be, I think I’ve been looking at things from the wrong perspective.
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Parenting is often so draining, so taxing, so frustrating, that often it’s all we can think about, all we can see of our lives. How will we survive until bedtime tonight? How do I make my kid eat his dinner? How long will potty training last? And why must my child still get up in the middle of the night?
But, I personally attest that savoring at least one moment each and every day with your child will help you be happy. It helps me enjoy motherhood, my time at home, and parenting. It reminds me that children are precious, pure, innocent, and need me more than anything. Children are a gift from God, not a punishment. I find that the good moments I have with of my children help me feel the connection between heaven and earth. I feel sublime powers all around me. I feel heaven near. Jesus loves little children, so much so that he proclaimed the greatest goal of our lives should be to become as a child!: Meek, submissive, mild, teachable, lovable, and humble. In the quiet memorable moments with my children, I am indeed taught just how much they possess those qualities inherently. It is a blessing to myself to savor such moments as it teaches me how to become more like them.
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