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May

11th

good life – mother’s day

Part of cultivating a good life is honoring the role of a mother as sacred.

My feelings are tender when I think about motherhood. Partly because of the love I have for my own mother. And also because I personally understand the pain that comes with the aching desire to become a mother during years of infertility. On a day like Mother’s Day, I’m not just thinking about Mom, but I’m thinking about – and praying for – the ones who desperately want to be a mother.

And then I look at a picture like this and I’m overwhelmed that my Father in Heaven has trusted me enough to bless me with these three children. I’m reminded again of how sacred this role is — to teach, care for, rear, nurture these little people who will not be little very long at all. I never want to take this for granted and yet I know that from time to time, I do take it for granted.

Part of honoring the role of a mother is to pay attention to the promptings we feel as mothers. We’ve been blessed with nurturing hearts. We have feelings that guide us to do what is best for our children and today I want to remind you – and myself – that it is so important to honor our role by not ignoring that feeling in our gut about what we need to do as a mother.

Watch this video. Pay attention to what you’re feeling. We’re each so unique and individual. We’re not going to feel the same things … but chances are, we’re each going to feel something.

Because the blessing that it is to be a mother is sacred, I want to pay more attention to those “maternal promptings” (insert whatever you want to call it here) … and then ACT. Perhaps you’re feeling that you need to be more patient with your kids. Or maybe you need to be more patient with yourself. Maybe there’s something you know you should be doing (one-on-one time with the kids or reading with them more or teaching one of them something specific) … or perhaps you’re feeling that nudge to eliminate something from your life so you can be more focused on the most important stuff.

Pay close attention to your heart. And then put those feelings into action. Here’s another video I wanted to share this Mother’s Day, and I hope that it is inspiring to you in some way.

One last note. I have personally felt blessed when I honor the mothers in my life. The role is sacred indeed, and I feel indebted to the women who taught me how to be a mother. I feel a sacred responsibility to teach my own daughter – by example – about what it means to be a mother.

I have a very special place in my heart for the women shown here in these pictures (and of course others that aren’t pictured here): Top-left is my great-grandmother holding my grandma as a baby. Next to that is my grandma holding my mom. Bottom-left is my mom with baby Becky. And then, of course, that’s me with Claire.

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May your heart be full as you think about your own mother or the mother figure in your life. May those of you aching to become a mother feel a tremendous amount of peace through all of that heartache. And may you mothers remember just how sacred this role is. Honor that. Relish in that. Be so grateful for that privilege and blessing that your heart feels like it might burst.

COMMENTS

15 Responses

  1. Nina says:

    Hello Becky,
    I just want to say thank you for your words. Only a few weeks ago my husband and I had to realize that being mom and dad will never happen to us. I can’t explain how it feels. I love project life. It is a daily routine for me to check my favorite blogs of other project lifers. There are so many beautiful pages and stories about motherhood. Sometimes it is hard for me to watch. But mostly these pages make me smile. Just as your words. They made me cry and smile. Again, thank you.
    Nina

  2. Karen Brooks says:

    This sooo touched my heart! We also struggled with infertility and were blessed with a son who just turned 7. He is the light of our lives. Happy Mother’s Day!

  3. Carrie says:

    Thank you for sharing. As always, beautiful and touching.

  4. Susan says:

    Hey, Becky, as I was reading your thoughtful post, my thoughts were almost exactly word for word what Nina wrote. Mother’s Day is a very hard day for me for selfish reasons, but I’ve learned that I’m loved and thought of as a mama by my nieces and nephews and they turn to me and know I’ll be there whenever they need me (and sometimes when they don’t). I do believe the Lord needed me to be available to many at all times (and I have been, sometimes several at once). I called my mama and told her how much I love her and appreciate all she’s done for me and that I’ll see her tomorrow at work as I do every day. So today my husband and I will spend a very quiet day enjoying each others’ company and count our blessings. Thank you for this sweet post, it made me cry and smile.

  5. Tricia Day says:

    thank you so much for sharing this, Becky. I know the battle; I didn’t get married until 41 and then did 4 rounds of in vitro before having twins at 48. I’m 50 now with 2 busy toddlers; it’s overwhelming when they come, but oh what a blessing!

  6. Rachel Pomeroy says:

    thank you Becky… those videos were so inspiring…

  7. Sharon Davis says:

    Becky – such poignant words…..we should honour our gut instincts, after all they are what aid us in keeping our children safe. I have had cause recently to act on some gut instincts I had ignored (because acting on them would have caused heartache to others……). I truly wish that I had listened to them so long ago, my children would have been better off I did. As a teacher and a mother of our teenagers I understand the importance of the mothers and mother figures in our world…….I miss my own mother each day and look forward to catching up with her when my time comes to leave earth; but, I know how fulfill my role of mother because of the amazing job she did raising me………..girls rock!!!

  8. Ana Liza says:

    Thank you for continually inspiring us!
    Happy Mother’s day!

  9. Tiffany H says:

    What a wonderful post. Thank you for your words about mothering. You’re such an inspiration to me. I hope you had a great Mother’s Day with your dear family.

  10. Thank you, again, for being the awesome you!

  11. Tina McNamara says:

    A beautiful post. Thank You. I just LOVE that 4 generation photo, awesome!!!!

  12. dawn says:

    Thank you for the beautiful post! I enjoyed the videos and the sweet picture at the end. Happy Mother’s Day!

  13. Rachel says:

    Wow. Love this post. Especially love the frame and the history in it. What a great idea.

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