My life report card would consist of a stapled note noting my positivity, my big heart, and my great use of color. Yet underneath the columns labeled: PROMPT and ORGANIZED, there is a giant NP--Needs Practice. A lot of practice.
My brain is writing memories, storing happies, remembering and stashing away all these looks on my kids’ faces. But, I needed something more concrete. That's when I discovered Leafy treetops and fell in LOVE with the beautifully thought-out mother's who know mom planner; on a complete and total whim, ;) but it was exactly what I needed!
This life. It's fun, exhausting, wonderful, stressful, and oh SO beautiful. But let’s not make it sound like the easy way out, or the “must be nice” option. I'll be totally honest; It is not always nice. But it is Always worth it! My husband and I are about to celebrate 12 years of marriage! We have 3 amazing, headstrong, beautiful children ages: 3, 8, and 9. As a mother, you're giving of yourself. Constantly. Minute, by minute, by minute, by minute until those hours add up to create a day which adds up to create a week which adds up to create a month which adds up to create years which add up to create a life. A beautiful life filled with extraordinary moments.
Somehow in this mixed up media world of things to do and places to go and dreams to follow the beauty of simply being a mother is completely lost.
Those Kisses on foreheads at night. Pillows pushed just the right way and blankets tucked to the perfect demands. Laundry folded and folded and folded. So many Tears that sting your eyes as you keep going. Dinners prepped over the stove. Times of laughter over the silliest things. Hair combed, teeth brushed. Constant Prayers over my children. Prayers for my husband. Prayers for my family's safety. Prayers for constant strength and inspiration. Endless Nights spent sleeping in a chair holding a sick child. All the Random dance parties in our kitchen. The constant worrying. So many days where the house is a complete and total wreck but instead you'll find me reading books and building epic couch cushion forts. It is all worth it!
Whether it be a hug, a kiss, a smile or a sweet "i LOVE you mommy, You're so pretty. Like a princess!"; all those little things and more remind me that no matter how hard it gets, no matter how close i get to crazy town, amongst all the tantrums, and a dozen daily sibling fights I have to break up; nothing is more precious, more worthwhile, more perfect than Those. Little. Things.
Thank you for creating a book to help me get a little more organized, stay a bit more prepared. Thank you for creating a space all my own to just doodle, to jot down ideas, set goals, to learn to grow and to teach. I want to remember ALL of this.
I am convinced now, more than ever, that there are no small jobs in the Kingdom of God. The things that we do as Mothers as Women, day in and day out, are spiritually significant, for us and for our children and families. This is why we work so hard--because what happens here matters and it is of eternal significance.
This. Life. My. Time.
It has been a complete true honour and privilege. I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.
So here's to all you beautiful, inspirational women. Here's to motherhood!