As I sit here by the window watching my girls play in the mud and grass outside, I am reminded of all that is wonderful about being a mother. Their grubby faces and sticky hands getting me messy as they hug me, their little voices screaming with joy and laughter, their innocence and their delight in the little things – all of this brings me back to what really matters, and it is definitely not the pile of work on my to do list! Being a mom is such a great and truly noble calling. It is not for everyone, but for those women that have brought children into their lives, they are one of the biggest blessings in the world.
I am in no way trying to say that being a mother is easy – in fact, I think it is dad-gum HARD most days. But as with anything in life, if you work hard for it, it usually means way more to you in the end than if it was easy sailing all the way through. The tough times – the up-all-night moments and the pull-your-hair-out moments especially – make us stronger as women and make us really appreciate our kids all the more when they surprise us with glimmers of maturity and goodness.
Our devotional’s title is Change of Plans, and even though both Asha and I are beginning to feel like we are moving out of that phase in life when life changes at a moment’s notice, there are things that continually crop up to remind us that – to some extent – life will always be about adapting to a change in the wind. We had hoped to post a question of the day in May here on the blog, for instance, but that has not been able to happen, between double ear infections, family trips, sinus infections, allergies and more. It seems life is telling us that our plans need to change a bit to accommodate where the “wind” is blowing. Even our recent book printing experience has shown us the need for patience when our plans do not go as we had hoped.
I am sure there are many other mothers out there that, like me, want to feel that they are in total control of things. I would be lying if I said that I never want to know how everything will turn out, because I ALWAYS want to know what is happening next or what the plan is. Kids change all of that, because there is always something waiting in the wings to take down even my most carefully-crafted plan of action, be it sickness, a forgotten appointment, or even just sleep deprivation that will no longer be held at bay.
This Mother’s Day, I am enjoying moments of peace that are the result of a fun-filled family brunch, sunny weather, and kids that are enjoying being outside. My wish for myself and all moms for the rest of this year is that we will hold on to peace, even in the midst of changed plans and bumps in the road. If I could, I would send every mom I know a bouquet of roses to say, “Keep up the great work!” Here’s to Mother’s Day – a celebration of all that we are and all that we have as mommies to our wonderful, precious children.