“Thoughts On Motherhood” is a series on Hopes and Dreams devoted to celebrating the divine nature women have in honoring, supporting and becoming mothers. If you would like to share some of your thoughts on motherhood please email Jessi at email@example.com. All are invited to participate, not just mothers!
Here are some thoughts from when my daughter was just days old:
“She has arrived! I felt like this day would never come and now it has come and gone and the days fly by.What a perfect little thing this new little girl is. We are both madly in love with her and she has brought such an amazing spirit into our home. We are so blessed!
Labor was such an amazing experience! I have never been in so much pain and have never loved being part of anything so much in my life! What an incredible feeling this miracle, giving birth, is! Madi was so alert from the very minute she came out with her beautiful eyes, curly red hair and huge hands…she is so curious and just can’t get enough of this big new world.”
My sweet little girl is now 14 months old, walking, jabbering, laughing and playing. The time has gone so quickly and yet I feel like she has been part of me forever.
I have always wanted to be a mother and have yearned for my own children to teach, play with and love with all of my heart. Nothing, however, could have ever prepared me for the blessing that those children would bring. Elder Neil L. Andersen, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, said,
“We hold in our arms the rising generation. They come to this earth with important responsibilities and great spiritual capacities. We cannot be casual in how we prepare them. Our challenge as parents and teachers is not to create a spiritual core in their souls but rather to fan the flame of their spiritual core already aglow with the fire of their premortal faith.”
Neil L. Andersen, “Tell Me the Stories of Jesus,” Ensign, May 2010, 108
This quote quickly became my motto and my mantra as a mother. I have a responsibility to my daughter and future sons and daughters and to my Father in Heaven who has entrusted these little beings to my care.
Being a mother cannot be explained. Being a mother can only be felt. To me, being a mother is Joy.
It is exhausting, dirty, hilarious, quiet, loving, draining, adorable and PERFECT.
To the mothers in my life, thank you. You, each of you, made my desire deepen because of your impact. There are several who fall into this category but more than anyone, to my mom. For loving me perfectly, like only a mother can.
My final thought is one of gratitude for the new limits I have come to understand personally and for the lessons I have learned about myself, my sweet and amazing husband and my Heavenly Father. My eyes have been opened because I am a mother.
Brynn and I served a mission in Ireland together and have been close ever since. I feel like Heavenly Father knew I would need her in my life. She is such a gift to me, and is such a great example of motherhood. Love you, Brynn. Thanks so much for sharing some of your thoughts!