Today is my 11th Mother’s Day and I am more than thankful for the chance to raise my beautiful babies. I believe that motherhood was always in the cards for me, I can’t remember a time when I didn’t think I wanted to be a mom. I usually spend the day reflecting on being a mom and what that means to me. I have 4 beautiful babies and I hope that we are able to add one more baby to the joy I experience everyday. Now don’t get me wrong there are some days that are so hard and I just want to go and hide in my bedroom but always a simple hug or an “I love you mommy” will make everything all worth it.
Being a mother to 4 very different personalities is the happiest, most rewarding career I have ever chosen. The second that every one of them entered this world was one more reason I have never wanted to be anything but their mom. I am thankful that I am able to be home with them and although I know there are women who thoroughly content to have their children and go back to work, I am not one of them. I have never had a job that made me feel the way I feel being home with my kids.
I have for the last 11 years watched my babies grow. My oldest into a beautiful young lady, that is so smart and has such a heart of gold. She empathizes with everyone, even those who treat her cruelly. She is my only little girl and I am so thankful that I have a daughter to share so many things with including my experience as a mom. When I was pregnant with Oliver, she wanted so badly to be with us at the hospital for his delivery but I felt that because this was my husband’s first, I wanted it to just be him and I. If we are so blessed with another, I want her to be there this time. I want to share that with her and I know that she is ready for the whole experience. I can’t wait to have talks with her about boyfriends and love and the inevitable heartbreak that goes with those two. I want her to be able to come to me for anything and know that I will do my best to ease her hurt, hopefully have the answers she craves and give her a shoulder to cry on when she so needs. I am thankful to have a daughter and to guide her to become a strong independent woman and maybe one day, a mother too.
I remember when I was little and I thought about being a mom, I never thought about being a mom to boys. In all my games of being a mommy, I always had a daughter never a son. Now that I am a mom of 3 boys, it is super fun and I love every second of it. I look at my boys in a very different way that I do my daughter. The experiences that I will share with them will be different than the ones I share with my daughter. I feel like I get to mold them and make them into the men that eventually, hopefully, become great husbands. I get to help guide them to be the men that I would have dated and eventually did marry with my second husband. I want them to be true gentlemen. I want them to love the women they choose the way that my husband loves me. They will treat her as an equal and should they have children, they will be just as involved with them as she is. I want any woman in their lives to feel like princesses and know that I did a good job raising them. I will never be that mom that feels like there are no woman good enough for them because if my son chose her then she is already good enough.
So this Mother’s Day, I get to be thankful for all my children, that I get the chance to mold these little people into strong, independent amazing adults and there is no other job I would rather do with every ounce of my soul.