What being a mom means to me

Challenge Day: 57

When I was looking for the definition of the word mother the majority of the ones I found described a mother as one who gives birth to a child. But I know that just giving birth to a child doesn't make you a mother. There are women who didn't give birth to their children and they are as much mothers as those with biological children. The definition that I thought best exemplified what it means to be a mom was; to watch over, nourish, and protect maternally. I read many of my friends comments on facebook today, but one particular comment stood out the most. This friend said that it was a blessing that God had chosen her to be a mom. I never looked at it that way, I always thought my kids were the blessing. But really it is a blessing that God chose me and gave me the job and responsibility for these little gifts.

I get to celebrate this day because of the two gifts that God has given me. My kids have changed my life for the better and I could not imagine what my life would be like if they weren't part of it. It's interesting how it seems to be built into our female DNA that when we become mothers, the "self" now takes a back seat to our kids who take first priority in our lives. Things that at one time were so important to me no longer have such impact. My kids lives, well being, future, that is what concerns me. Whether you have given up your career or still work, being a mother is the hardest and most rewarding jobs you can have.

My oldest son made me a card at school, it's a tree made from his arm and hand print, he filled it with yellow leaves because it's my favorite color. At the bottom he wrote, Thanks for helping me grow, I Love you. We have been blessed with a great responsibility. I want the best for my kids and most importantly I want to be the best for my kids. My husband sent me this inspiring message,"If you ever wonder what greatness you were meant to achieve in life, you achieve it everyday through your children. They are testament to your greatness."

...I never knew that something so small could affect my life so much. I never knew that I could love someone so much. I never knew I would love being a Mom. I didn't know the feeling of having my heart outside my body. I had never known the warmth, the joy, the love, the heartache, the wonderment or the satisfaction of being a Mom. I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much, before I was a Mom.
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