I’m called these on a daily basis. Over and over. Some days, I just want to change my name to anything else. But in all reality, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Growing up, I never wanted to be a mom. I never dreamed of having a family or being responsible for tiny humans. My sister was always the one that loved kids and wanted like thirty of her own. I was always going to be the cool aunt.
Turns out, God has different plans for my life. When I prayed for a challenge, he gave me a daughter. And then another. I can’t imagine my life any other way now.
My little tribe has changed my entire world. They are my entire world.
As I was preparing to write this post, I decided it would be fun to ask my sister and mom about motherhood. We all have daughters [SO many girls, it’s cray].. So we can relate to the madness of motherhood.
I asked these three questions to both:
1. What’s one of your favorite memories from raising your daughters?
2. What do you admire about your mother?
3. What do you wish for your daughters as mothers?
My mom has to daughters:
“My favorite memories were when you two played with lots of silliness and giggles. Also the times we watched movies together. There are countless reasons I admire my mom. SHes inspirational, wise in all things, patient, wonderful sense of humor, big heart and always sees the good in a situation. She was and is faithful and trusts God with all things. I wish for my two daughters that you share a strong relationship with your daughters like we have. We always were close-still are. Be the role model of strong, independent, kind women. Protect them but give them wings to explore the world and make mistakes. But be there to help pick up the pieces. Love them unconditionally. Also, remember they don’t come with instructions, so just do the best you can and know you will make mistakes.”
My sister has a daughter and step son:
“My favorite memories are when Finley was born, birthdays, vacations, and seeing them smile with happiness. My mom is humble, kind, comforting and loving. I hope Finley raises her kids to be independent, dream big, follow her heart, always respect elders, supports her children, let them make mistakes but teach them right.”
I have two daughters:
A few of my favorite memories have been bonding with Raelee in the NICU, taking her everywhere and doing everything with her. When she became a big sister, she walked into the hospital room like such a big girl (I hope to never forget that moment.) Mia coming into the world and making us a foursome. Little baby hands, learning new words and new adventures. Gah, raising kiddos is so rewarding and emotional.
I admire my mom for so many reasons. She is the most kind and gentle person. She always let me spread my wings when I was ready, sometimes needing a push, but was always there to catch me when I fell. She picked up the messy pieces of my life numerous times. She was there through broken hearts, crummy boyfriends, hardships with friends, the good and the bad, she was always there. She supports my crazy ideas and lets me learn from mistakes. My mom showed me to be independent, kind, strong, humble, and to give myself grace. She taught me about Jesus and instilled in me how important he was. My mom is seriously the coolest and if I’m half as cool as her, then I’m doing pretty good.
I pray my daughters can have a relationship with their kids, like I have with my mom. That they can be independent, strong willed, kind and loving. I pray they are able to teach the, right from wrong in this crazy world and most important, teach them to be kind to all.
My parenting skills, tips and tricks are just beginning, so I’m not sure I’m at liberty to be even thinking about my kids having kids and raising them right. I just pray I do a good job with my tribe so that they look up to what I taught them and can pass it along.
Happy Mother’s Day to my mom, mother in law, grandmothers, sister, sister in laws, all my friends and family. You are all amazing moms. You inspire me everyday to be better. I love you all!