Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother's Day

Motherhood is hard. We've all heard the cliches - we've all used them. But isn't it all true? It is hard, it is exhausting, it is discouraging. But the rewards? The smiles, the spontaneous hugs, kisses, artwork, sweaty brows, sweet sleeping babies, those overheard conversations between your 6 year old and 4 year old that make your heart swell and let you know you aren't completely screwing up.

Motherhood encompasses so many things and yet sometimes seems underwhelming and straightforward, if you were to put it on paper. But truly mothers, and those with a mothering heart, have the most difficult job, overwhelmingly so. What we do in our homes may just make the biggest difference and create the most change in this world.

My friend just sent me some quotes about motherhood.

“As you create a home, don’t get distracted with a lot of things that have no meaning for you or your family. Don’t dwell on your failures, but think about your successes. Have joy in your children. Have joy in your husband. Be grateful for the journey.” Marjorie Pay Hinckley

“When the real history of mankind is fully disclosed, will it feature the echoes of gunfire or the shaping sound of lullabies? The great armistices made by military men or the peacemaking of women in homes and in neighborhoods? Will what happened in cradles and kitchens prove to be more controlling that what happened in congresses?” (Neal A. Maxwell)

Happy Mother's Day Mom - thank you for loving me.

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2 comments:

Lindsey said...

What a sweet post - Love the quotes so much. Neal A. Maxwell is my favorite - I always thought that was so awesome that he spoke at Joe's funeral. I'm going to print that quote and frame it.

katie t said...

:)

i love that quote too...