To mothers of babies: cherish it. They grow up so fast it’s unbelievable. Those long night, chapped nipples or worn bottles will pass.
To mothers of toddlers: cherish it. They grow up so fast it’s unbelievable. The early birds who poke your eyes at 5am, the fighting of nap time, the frustration when they accidently poop on the floor while potty training, this to shall pass.
To mothers of children ages 5-12: cherish it. They grow up so fast it’s unbelievable. Those days where they ask for absolutely everything in the store, the 1,637,536 questions they ask about a banana, all the mess they make, the ungodly amount of food they eat. This to shall pass.
To mothers of teens: cherish it. They grow up so fast it’s unbelievable. the sass, the crying because they are truly dramatic, the crying because they truly were hurt, the moment you see them drive away to an event. Watching them look like like adults before your eyes, yet they are still very much small in their minds, the nights you stay up talking to them, the nights you stay up praying. This to shall pass.
To mothers who are empty nesters: see, it passed.
One thing I’ve learned is to cherish every moment. Obviously I get moody but in the 11 years of motherhood I’m so privileged to have; I’ve learned that I get one year with them at every age. I have regrets and I can’t go back and fix them but I also don’t want to keep looking back and cry because I could have been more patient, more loving, because I could have put my “me” time or desires a side for the important thing my child wanted to show me. I want to say, Lord, I did my very best. Please fill the crevices I missed in my foolishness or ignorance. I’m not perfect and my children know this, but more than that, they know I love them and I know I’m giving MY 100%. Mine. Not my neighbors, or Sally from moms group. My 100%. The more I add children to our family the more I learn to know each and everyone of them. To continually pray over them, to as for forgiveness when I’ve wronged them. To stand firm when they are the ones being foolish. All of it shall pass. And one day, so will you. Please moms, love on your children. We live in a world that hates children. Don’t add to that. Love them, they are such a blessing.