Sunday, May 9, 2010

Celebrating Mom

Today is Mother's Day. I've spent most of the day, as is usual for Sundays around here, running from Metro Kidz to One Church, to home and downtown, and back again . . . But for the past few minutes I've finally had the chance to sit down and think a little bit. And my thoughts keep turning to motherhood.

I can still remember with surprising clarity and intimacy the emotions that rushed through me the very moment they first laid Jayci on my chest. Joy, fear, excitement, longing, hope, a little pain, and love. Lots of love.

I think I've felt that same mix of emotions on a daily basis ever since. I am filled with joy when I hear her call: "mommy, hold you." Or when she declares "I got it," when I fetch something for her or help her up (Well, I laugh but also bite my lip to keep from reminding her that, actually, I was the one who got it . . . ) I feel frustrated when she throws her 29th tantrum of the day at 10:00am. And a little panicked when I look at a picture of her and see a toddler rather than a baby. Frightened at my own shortcomings when I lose my cool or don't know how to potty train her.

But in the midst of whirling emotions, one stands head and shoulders above all else: overwhelming love. Finally I have been given a tiny glimpse at the Agape love our Heavenly Father has for us. A peek into the Divine.

The theme at I Heart Faces this week is “celebrating mom.” I knew right away that this was the picture I wanted to enter, because every time I see it, I am reminded of everything that motherhood entails. Being a mom is such a balancing act. We have to lift them up, while anchoring them securely and safely on our shoulders. We need to connect with them, to ensure they know we are present, we love them, and that we are keeping them safe. But we also need to give them space to grow, room to fly, and sometimes even fall.

The beginnings of growth on a budding tree, the bright blue of a cloudless day: all speak of promise, of hope. And sometimes hope and love are all a mom has to go on. Love for her child, and hope for the future.
So for all the moms out there, I pray that you will be filled with abundant HOPE and overflowing LOVE in knowing that you are making a difference. That what you are doing MATTERS profoundly, and that Christ is pleased with the work, and the mission, that you are fulfilling as a mom.
*To celebrate mom some more, visit I Heart Faces!

23 comments:

  1. such sweet words! thanks, becca, for a great post!

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  2. I just love your posts and photos! Great capture yet again!

    I feel the same emotional roller coaster on a daily basis too!

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  3. What you do matters profoundly.
    I love that.
    You are a magician with words.
    Every beetle is a gazelle in the eyes of its mother. ~Moorish Proverb

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  4. What moms (and parents in general) do is ETERNAL. It shakes me to the core sometimes to realize that. Children are God's homework assignment for parents; I just pray when I stand in front of Him, He'll at least give me an "A" for effort! I KNOW He'll give you an A+ for Absolutely Awesome Mom! Happy Mothers Day, sweet friend...

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  5. Beautiful post! We all do the best we can and only hope that along the way, we do right by our kids.

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  6. This is beautiful! And such lovely words.

    Amazing post.

    K xx -- www.thoseblissmoments.blogspot.com

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  7. This is so beautiful. I am so glad I found your blog!

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  8. great job capturing the beauty of the moment!

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  9. Just beautiful!! Hope you had a great Mother's Day!!! :)

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  10. What a fun crop! It really puts it in the baby's perspective!

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  11. Fabulous as always! What a cutie!

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  12. I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day!!!!!

    Love that picture!

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  13. Wonderful description of what motherhood is about. How true: to always be there, to nurse, to support, to applaud, to comfort... so that the child will be loved and have hope for whatever God has planned for the little one.

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  14. So So sweet!! Your picture is perfect & your post was so awesome to read!!! What a great post!

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  15. LOVE your entry too!! The composition is fantastic :)

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  16. You are such a great writer, you described being a mom so well. Beautiful photo!

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  17. Beautiful post. You are a wonderful mother! And your picture is beautiful and creative. Nice job.

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  18. Beautiful words and I love the creative capture. She is so cute perched up there on your shoulders :-)

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  19. So...very...perfect! Yep, there we are, behind the scenes...hoping our children will excell head and shoulders (feet too) above us! This has been my most favorite entry thus far!!

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  20. Beautiful post Becca! I always enjoy visiting your blog! =) Thank you for your kind words on mine. I hope you had a fantastic Mother's Day!

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  21. thank you for your encouraging post - yes hope and love is all we have to stand on much of the time! thank God that He gives these things generously even though He also allows pain... here is my story this Mother's Day

    http://lovelybud.typepad.com/lovely-bud/2010/05/thoughts-on-motherhood-loss-and-the-sea.html

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  22. Thanks for visiting my site! Will you be including a pic for the flower challenge? I took pictures today and got a few good ones - nothing too exciting!
    Your mother's day pic is sure cute!

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