“Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiverfull of them.” (Ps. 127:3–5.)
I love being a mother. It is something I dreamed about becoming since I was a little girl. I remember being six and laying awake at night imagining what it would feel like to hold my own little baby. I was sure that being a mother would be one of the most fulfilling, fun, exciting and easy thing I did in my life. Little did I know how right I would be. And how wrong.
Being a mother is definitely one of the most fulfilling, fun, and exciting things I could do with my life. In that regard, being a mother has far surpassed my greatest expectations. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately) it is NOT easy. Don’t misunderstand me. There are parts about being a mother that are so easy.
It is easy to love my children, easy to play with them, easy spend time with them. It is not easy to clean up after them, teach them to walk in the way of the Lord, discipline them, and to feed them. There is more that is hard about being a mother, especially in our society that seems to belittle so much of what a mother truly is.
“There is no one perfect way to be a good mother. Each situation is unique. Each mother has different challenges, different skills and abilities, and certainly different children.
The choice is different and unique for each mother and each family. Many are able to be “full-time moms,” at least during the most formative years of their children’s lives, and many others would like to be. Some may have to work part-or full-time; some may work at home; some may divide their lives into periods of home and family and work. What matters is that a mother loves her children deeply and, in keeping with the devotion she has for God and her husband, prioritizes them above all else.” “Daughters of God,”
Ensign, May 2008, 108–10In an epic talk “Mothers Who Know” by Julie B Beck, she talks about this trend of devaluing the role a mother and homemaker (yikes-Homemaker is such a bold word to use in today’s society).Sister Beck makes some incredible observations about Motherhood.
When she gave this talk, there was almost an audible cry of praise within my circle of friends and mothers. The talk was titled “Mothers Who Know”. In it she stated:
“The responsibility mothers have today has never required more vigilance. More than at any time in the history of the world, we need mothers who know. . .Mothers need not fear. When mothers know who they are and who God is. . . they will have great power and influence for good on their children.”I feel this statement is so true.
Whether your thank-you comes in way of a thoughtful gift, or just a simple phone call, it matters not. What matters is that you do it.