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The Day After Mother's Day


Mother's Day has come and gone yet again.

 For me motherhood has been exhausting, soul-wrenching, tear-inducing, and frustrating - yet beautifully satisfying and joyful.  It has brought me to my knees with heartache and fear and has been the source of my greatest break-your-face smiles. It has caused me to laugh in pain and admittedly do some pretty silly things with the intent to make my children smile.

My sleep deprivation went from 2 hour feedings with my newborns to 2AM chats about life with my teens and young adults. Motherhood has stretched me and caused me to grow in unimaginable ways! It has given me new eyes to see and a new heart to love.  And even though there have been growing pains, it has been so worth it.

The day set aside to honor motherhood becomes complex with emotion for many.  Whatever the reasons, the past few years Mother's Day has left me a blubbering mess of both happy and sad tears. Irony much?

I love being a mother and I am always looking to improve. I love quotes that remind me of the traits I want to have and the kind of mother I want to be. 

Here are a few of my favorites -

"The most important work you will ever do will be within the walls of your own home." - Harold B. Lee

"Righteous mothers teach fearlessly."  Russell M. Nelson

"If you want the world to change, go home and love your family." - Mother Teresa

"If you are still in the process of raising children, be aware that...the piles of Laundry ...will disappear all too soon and that you will, to your surprise miss them profoundly." - Thomas S. Monson