Sunday, May 09, 2010

More than I imagined.

I never dreamed my lap and arms would be this full of kids and life and energy. I never dreamed that becoming a mom would change me as much as it has- since the first moment a baby was placed in my arms. The highs have been higher; the lows, lower. From great joy to deep sorrow and everything in between, I have experienced it and felt it over the past 13+ years. I had no idea I would change diapers non-stop for this long. I had no idea I would be asked to donate organs of one who had captured my heart. I had no idea I would lose so much sleep or shed so many tears. On the flipside...
I never knew that kids could whisper, "I love you" or "You're the best mom ever" and turn my mood around in an instant. My kids have asked more of me that I thought I could ever give some days, yet not a day goes by that demands too much of me. I always have more love to give. More kisses and hugs to share. More pinky-promises to swear to them of my undying love, and more hope in my heart for what they will become. I couldn't imagine ever having kids at one time in my life, and now I can't imagine what it will be like to hold my seventh child.

It is overwhelming to be a mom- on so many different levels- and yet it's the most natural, wonderful thing I know how to do. Love and wish and expect and dream and always be there for them no matter what. This is what motherhood means to me. I can only hope that I am living up to my expectations, if even in small part.
Being a mom has changed me. I wouldn't want it any other way.
I love you, Teagan, Brock, Wyndham, Bella, Ava, Crew and Baby who kicked me in the side through the whole church service this morning. =) You are undeserving gifts in my life. Forever and always. Thanks for helping me become the mom I am lucky enough to be. I love you!!

10 comments:

Lauren Kelly said...

What a beautiful picture! How full your heart must be. Happy Mother's Day, friend!!!! :)

Deb said...

Happy Mother's Day to a mom who gives me inspiration~!

darcie said...

you are blessed to be sure...happy mother's day...

Caren said...

Nice!!! Always good to be thankful for unexpected treasures.

Jennifer said...

What a beautiful Mama!! And look at all those sweet kiddos (of course, thinking of Teagan and Baby in that number, too!) Amazing how God has brought your family so far!

Glad you had such a special mother's day! Thanks for your comment on my fb, too. :-)

a_beautiful_disaster said...

i love the names of your children! happy mothers day to you :)

Veronica said...

The bigger out hearts get for our children....the bigger the tears. It is important for our children to see their mommy's tears of joy and tears of sorry or disappointment. It makes them realize that we are human too!

Happy mothers day!

Kelly @ Sufficient Grace Ministries said...

I loved the picture of you with your children...and your words about being a mother.

Happy Belated Mother's Day to you...

Continued blessings...

sanjeet said...

you are blessed to be sure..
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Sheye Rosemeyer said...

Hello Beautiful Mama.
Just thinking of you today.
xx