Monday, May 10, 2010

Motherhood is hard. Yes, yes... there are great rewards in motherhood - intrinsic and extrinsic - that cause us to choose this path again and again, but there days when just getting out of bed one more time seems impossible. Some days when I'm up to my elbows in poop, snot, tears and tantrums, it is easy to wish it away... or at least wish it fast-forwarded. I was reminded about this post a couple of days ago when I was coming out of the store with my two little ones. In front of me was an elderly woman in a wheelchair who was being pushed by another woman. It struck me that some day that could very well be me. Some day I may be relying on other people to take me shopping where I will see someone else's small children running around. When that day comes, I can only imagine that I will miss THOSE DAYS. The days of small children. The days of discovery and innocence. The days of teaching and training. The days of silly jokes and giggles. The days of being the only comforter my child wants. The days of wide-eyed wonder. The days of being able to open my arms and see my kids come flying for a hug. These days will not last forever and some day I'm going to miss them. I hope that I will live today in such a way that despite missing "those days" I will have no regrets. I hope that I will embrace life - my children - NOW so as not to look back in sorrow upon lost years. The days might seem long, but the years will fly by and there is no turning back. May each of us build memories today that will bring smiles tomorrow.

THIS is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Comments (4)

On May 10, 2010 at 7:01 PM , mattnbec said...

Amen! The days are long, but the years are short.

 
On May 17, 2010 at 10:17 PM , Bethany Talbert said...

Love this post! You are a great writer.

 
On August 3, 2010 at 2:25 AM , Alison Palmer said...

This brought tears to my eyes. How very true. What a great post.

 
On August 24, 2010 at 10:30 PM , Kevin and Tara said...

Thanks for linking me to your like-minded thoughts Staci! I love seeing the Spirit at work in all of our hearts no matter who our children are or where we are locationally - indeed, our little ones are a blessing and I also have to remind myself that there will be other blessings along the way even when our little ones are grown - a reminder not to put our hope in them or have our joy be dependent upon them. Kevin and I often laugh about how wonderful it will be - when it is just he and I one day after the kids are grown. I don't want to live thinking "this is as good as life gets" you know? With Jesus, there are joys and graces with each new chapter...great to hear from you!