I’m thankful for those of you who stuck with me this month and read my posts faithfully. I didn’t want to make more noise out there with just my views on the mama life so I’m grateful for all the mamas that came next to me and shared their hearts about mama life too. Special thanks to Amy, Amanda, Shonda, April, Lorrin and Amanda for sharing their hearts. And thanks to the mamas you allowed me to share their businesses: Violet & Burke, Willow + Burl, Spearmint Spruce, Natural Mama Bean, and UNCVRD Jewelry.
I wrote in my series last year that there’s something about coming along side each other. Something about living small together. That living small allows us to live big. There’s power in that mamas. Celebrate each other. Celebrate each other’s kids. Let’s do life together, alongside each other. Let’s be mamas who lift one another up and mamas who aren’t afraid to see the success in others.
I thought I’d end this series with sharing a few more thoughts from some mama friends when I asked them, “What’s the best thing about being a mama.” I mean, really, how can you put into words what the best thing is about the mama life? So in the words of some friends, here you go!
“The best thing about being a mom is the incredible honor of being the steward and protector of the health and nurturing of another human life. I know that the choices I make in raising my children will echo into the future long after I have left this earth. As much as I care about peace, the environment, human rights, clean water, equality, etc. (and I care A LOT) I know that I will never have a bigger impact on the world than the impact I have through the way that I raise our children. This is incredibly humbling to think about. Someday, two adult human people will be out there, functioning in the world, making an impact in their own way, and they will both have me as their mother. That is crazy for me to think about.”
“Getting to love these little, God-given beings, unconditionally, every minute of every day and night.”
“I love getting to watch my girls grow up. I know some parents struggle with that, but for me it is such a blessing to see my babies grow into amazing young women despite everything. I love watching them physically grow up, I love seeing them emotionally and mentally grow up, even with our obstacles, it’s exciting to be able to look at someone with so much potential and think, “yeah, I made that.” The silliness and the laughs that my girls bring to our household on a regular basis is also pretty darn cool too.”
“The best thing has to be seeing the reflection of God’s creation in my children. To know that He knit them in the womb, that they are fearfully and wonderfully made, that He created them uniquely for a purpose. I watch them, and even now, I see the gifts He has bestowed upon each of them and I am in awe. For my son, it’s creativity and the unique ability to build and create structures and use his imagination to give purpose to the structure. For my daughter, it’s a drive and determination that is fierce and fiery and a humorous spirit that keeps us laughing. Without a doubt, I know that these are gifts from a good Father. As a mom I find such joy in this.”
” Ummm, everything!!! Seriously. But for specifics… I love watching my girls grow and learn and develop into little people. It is amazing to me how a baby starts out as a little speck in your belly and grows inside of you, and then this baby is born and literally has to learn EVERYTHING. I love to watch them learn and grow. And the best is when one of my girls does something that proves to me that what I’m doing is working. Anything as simple as one day the baby blowing raspberries back at me for the first time instead of just watching me with her little sweet eyes! Or my older daughter learning a new word or color or number. Or learning how to be a big sister. I mean everything is literally something they learned somewhere along the way. There are SO many examples since there is SO much for a child to learn. But it is all such an amazing process that never ends! It’s so much fun to watch and so gratifying, like it makes you feel like maybe you’re really doing something right.”
How about you? What do you think is the best thing about being a mama?