This year is my second year celebrating Mother’s Day as a mama. I have always loved Mother’s Day! As a little girl, my sister and I would write out little poems or songs for my mom. Or we would pick out the perfect card and go outside and cut the best looking roses off my moms rose bushes. 😉 Our goal was to make my mom smile and to let her know she was loved. I always thought it was such a good idea to make her know how appreciated she was and I loved that there was a special day set aside just for that! But it is also important to make sure that mothers know that they are needed and appreciated every single day! So, I have written a little letter to all you mamas out there.
I know that you are working hard to make the best possible choices for your family. I know that you spend each day making sure that your home is clean and that you have food prepared for your family. I know that it breaks your heart to leave your little ones if you work away from home. I know that you sometimes get lonely and wish to speak to someone who can talk in full sentences if you stay home with your younger children. I know that you wish you had more time to style your hair as you put it up in a ponytail for the fifth time that week. I know that sometimes you feel like all you do is clean up after someone else. I know that you feel like no one notices everything that you do. I know that sometimes you wonder if what you do is even important.
Can I tell you something?
What you do IS important! You are raising the future generation of the world.
Maybe you did just spend the past hour and a half rocking your baby to sleep. Maybe you held and cuddled your teething baby all day because they would scream if you put them down. Maybe you read books all morning because your child kept asking you to keep reading.
I don’t know about you, but when I am doing this, I can’t help but think about all the things on my to-do list that need to get done. I hate that my mind is focused on something else (less important) when my child needs my attention. I read a quote once that always comes to mind in times like these. It is by C. S. Lewis and it says,
“ Children are not a distraction from the more important work, they are the most important work.”
Whenever I think about this quote, I suddenly am reminded that being a mom is my most important job! Yes, I like having a clean home and having a nice homemade dinner ready, but if my son needs me, I will stop what I am doing and I will do my best to meet his needs and put my to-do list out of mind until he is happy, because being his mom is more important than having a dust free living room.
So, I hope that as Mother’s Day approaches, and every other day after that, that you will remember that being a mama and raising children is the most important job you can have! Children are a gift from God and I feel so blessed to have been chosen to be my son’s mama. God knew that your child(ren) would need you as their mama! So cuddle that baby and keep reading to your toddler. The dishes can wait. It is ok if you microwave chicken nuggets again. Your children won’t remember if the house was dusted or not. They will remember that when they needed their mama, she stopped what she was doing and she gave them her full attention. I don’t know about you, but that is what I want my son to remember!
You’ve got this, mamas! Remember what is most important and remember that even if it feels like your job goes unnoticed, it is still the most important job there is!
Happy Mother’s Day!