I used to be impatient. I used to want to rush time along. I used to get caught up in silly things. Then I became a mother.
Not that I don’t still get caught up in silly things. I think we all do, no matter what stage of life we’re in. But being a mother has changed me. To my very core.
Books and blog posts have been written on this subject, but I’ve never read one that touches on the gratefulness you learn as a mother.
I find glee in the smallest things now. And it began the day my son was born: I found such joy in the sweet smell of my newborn babe. The tinyness of his fingers. The peach fuzz on top of his head. And now that I’m a mother of two? Oh how I delight in their shared laughter. In my daughters squeal of happiness when she sees her daddy.
I even find happiness in my alone time. If I get a mere five minutes for a peaceful and hot shower, I give thanks. When I’m on a business trip and get to eat a meal, still hot, I’m grateful. Or get to enjoy a manicure by myself- such small things can make me so happy.
And the feeling of being reunited with my children, even after a short separation, fills me with so much gratitude! That I get to love and be loved by these tiny, precious human beings. That I get to go through life with them by my side.
So, though the days are long but the years are short. Though there are times where I wish they would JUST GO TO BED: I am so thankful for these tiny humans. For teaching me what grace and gratefulness truly are. For teaching me there is so much to delight in my day to day.
Thank you, my loves, for teaching me what life is really about.
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