Well, in a few short days it will be a day that we all celebrate as a tribute day to our mothers! I remember my first pregnancy with my son Joshua, who is now soon to be 28 years old. I was nauseated daily and had a back ache from the second month on.
I thought then, “Lord, it takes a real woman to do this kind feat!” Then as labor hit, all I could think of was…”Thank you Eve, Thank you SO much for making it difficult for us! Arrgh!” The most gracious part of that pregnancy was going into labor around 2:00 P.M. and delivering three hours later at 5:00 P.M. I never missed a meal that day! It was a very unusual first pregnancy, but if you met my son Josh, you would understand the unusual part about it.
Joshua, though a big blessing, was the hardest child of all to raise. Most mothers would decide that one was enough after having him, but I had three more. The difficulty wasn’t so much Josh, but a LOT OF ME! I had hardly baby-sit, lest took care of a baby before he was born. We lived around absolutely NO family, so there wasn’t much help.
I remember my fear of giving Josh his first bath and what a disaster it turned out to be, until a friend showed up to give me a lesson on how to do it right. Of course, after child number four, the fear was gone. I would just dunk them under the water until they bubbled and then pull them up to dry! Ha!
In reality, it takes a great sense of humor and perseverance to be a good mother. After all, when the baby is born you learn the true meaning of a full-time job. You learn to sleep with one eye open. I could even hear my son turn over in is crib in the nursery at night. I also say unless you have two or more children, it is hard to qualify as a real mother. When you have three kids pulling you four directions, oh yes.., now that is motherhood!
I mean nothing degrading to those of you who have an only child, but part of the fun in parenting is playing referee between too fighting toddlers. Oh those were the days my friend, we thought they’d never end… but in reality, they ended way too soon.
I remember my son Josh picking up a banana and holding it up to his ear and saying, “Hello?” I remember my son Daniel singing the little church song “Deep and Wide” at the age of two with his own version, “Eee and Iiii...” I remember my son Timothy turning a whole bowl of spaghetti over on top his head, donning it as hat when he was only a year old. I remember my only daughter Chrissy insisting she could only eat chicken, so no matter what you fed the child, you had to call it chicken, or she would not eat!
Of course as they grew older the challenges were not so frequent, but more serious. Three teenage boys in the house meant two gallons of milk a day, and food, food, food! You stop working towards retirement at this stage because just making sure you would reach the age of retirement was more important. There is nothing like three hungry boys impatiently waiting to see what you were cooking for dinner.
Motherhood should be celebrated every bit as much as the Super Bowl! Another year in the arena of motherhood deems you more qualified to take on the WORLD! Mothers are World Champs! I cannot write this article without remembering the mother I have. She is basically super-woman in disguise. With six kids she made sure our clothes were clean, ironed and mended. She served a hearty breakfast every day before school and supper at night to a big crew. She always remembered every special day or event. Her day planner was full of kid’s activities, ball games, church choir, etc… And the one thing I remember most about mom is that she always had time for me, regardless of all the other five children, who I am sure, feel the same way.
So this is a BIG Thank You to all you moms, who have made it through another year successfully and not so successfully. One thing about motherhood, God is merciful to us and often gives us many chances in a lifetime of a child to get it right. To be a mother it takes faith and endurance. Motherhood is NOT for quitters. I think Paul could have been thinking of mothers when he wrote,
“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith”…(Hebrews 12: 1-2)
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Oh, I was so blessed by this article!!!!!! What wonderful memories you brought to mind. My third child, Daniel, will be a senior next year. He's the only one I have left at home now that my girls are both grown and moved on. My earliest memories of being a mother of three was spending hours in a hospital with my baby always with one foot in the grave and one foot out. They were hard years. But I have great and precious memories too... and fully intend to make as many more as I can... while I still can! I am so excited about football season, wrestling season, track season, girlfriends, guy friends, college choices, weekends with just the two of us and our barbequed swiss mushroom burgers, etc. It's going to be a year FULL of memory making! At the same time, I'm trying to prepare myself for the "empty nest syndrome" so that it won't hit me too awfully hard. I'm sure I'll be breaking out the camera and video camera a LOT next year. There's just nothing quite like being a mother. And yes, those years of having small children pass WAY TOO FAST! Oh that I could have captured every moment and held on to it for a little longer! But it isn't until they are grown that we learn to slow down, treasure the moment, and hold each breath as precious and blessed. Thank you so much for stirring my heart today! (Sorry about the long reply. It's just that your article touched on the softest part of my heart. :::smile:::)