4. She was always afraid.
I don’t know about all moms, but I know there was some fear in me from the minute I knew I was pregnant. I knew enough medicine to know how many things could go wrong during development of the baby in utero. Then came the fear of whether or not I could really do this and be a good mom. And for me, good wasn’t good enough. I wanted to be great. All this is followed by the fears of what could happen. I found out over the years that you have to put your faith in God in all ways. We have an illusion of control. We can patch kids up and hug them when they hurt. Most of all we need to love them with all that God has given us. Prayer is the best answer for fear.
5. She knows she’s not perfect.
We have a standing joke in our house, that not only do I know everything but I am never wrong. It goes on to the point of “I don’t know why you don’t just save yourself the aggravation and take my advice, you know I am right.” Being right has a lot to do with experience and wisdom gained in life. It does not mean you are perfect. We all have our flaws, our strengths and our weaknesses. It is sometimes scary to admit that, especially to your kids. But it is important that they know that perfection is a goal that cannot be attained and that is okay. Still strive for that goal, and get as far as you can without making yourself so driven that you go crazy. If I am not perfect, then my kids know that they are okay not being perfect too.
6. She watched you as you slept.
Tell me that you have never done that. Especially after a long hard day with your kids, watch them as they sleep. There is not a closer picture to an angel than what you will see as you gaze at their peaceful faces. It is almost impossible not to feel the love you have pour over them in those moments. Of course, just so we don’t get too serious, some kids are absolutely hysterical when they sleep. “Mini Me” and “Max” are not only mother and daughter, but could also be clones. Both of them sleep in the same position with their mouths wide open. Picture Princess Anna from “Frozen” as she is awakened the day of the coronation. Mouth open, drool, hair messed up. Yep, that is “Mini Me” and “Max” to a “T”.
Enjoy your day, it is the only time you will get THIS day. Love your kids more today than yesterday!
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