Monday, May 9, 2011

In Honor of Mother's Day: to my Sweet Pea

To my Sweet Pea:

I’m so glad I get the privilege of being your mama! In some ways, I feel like we’re still in the “honeymoon” phase. (or maybe just exiting it!) At seven months old, you are just starting to develop more opinions of your own. Up until now, you’ve been content to hang out where the rest of the family is, laying on the floor. You haven’t minded the carset, being handed off to someone else, or being left by yourself when I’ve had to chase your sister yet again. You’ve happily tried most of the baby food I’ve given you, and you share your sweet smiles with me all day long. You love to snuggle, but you also love to kick and show off your ability to stand (with help of course). You teach me things like the importance of just being. Not always being busy, but sometimes just being. Sitting and nursing you in the night reminds me to take time to pray. Seeing your sweet smiles reminds me to bestow mine upon others as well. And your ability to lay on the floor watching the rest of us reminds me to be content.
Our days of butting heads are probably closer than I’d like to think, but for now, thanks for all you are teaching me in a gentle way. I’m so glad God chose me to be your Mama.

Love, Mama

In Honor of Mother's Day: to my Honeygirl

To my Honeygirl:

As a mom, I thought my role was to mold and shape you as a person. To teach you to love others and love God. Instead, I am realizing that it is me that is being molded and shaped, day after day. When we’ve had a frustrating day of butting heads, your ability to give me a big hug and kiss goodnight teaches me to forgive and forget. When you wake up the next morning chipper and ready for anything, you teach me that God’s mercies are new every morning. When you sing “Jesus Loves Me” in the middle of the store as only a two year old can, it teaches me not to put so much weight on what others think. When you excitedly thank me, without any prompting, for opening a can of play-doh , it teaches me to be thankful even for the little things in life. When you give your baby sister your blankie in an attempt to make her happy, it teaches me to care for others around me. And when you give your friend a hug, it reminds me how important it is to show our friends how much they mean to us. I’m so glad you were born and have shaped me into the person I am today. The lessons are far from over for both of us, but I’m glad God chose me to be your Mama, and that I have the pleasure of being taught by you.

love, Mama