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Thursday, April 29, 2010

My four year olds smile

I was thinking tonight about what I wanted to blog about. There are so many things that run through my head, but the thing that finally popped into my head and stayed there was my four year old's smile. He has one of those smiles that just makes you happy, even more so because he loves to see you brighten up. You can just see how much he enjoys life, and how much he loves life in his smile. I forget about this sometimes as the duties of motherhood bog me down. As the chores pile up, and the aches and pains of the day weigh on me. I forget to even really look at him sometimes.

I've found myself in this same rut with laboring women. I get so bogged down with the duties and tasks, that sometimes I forget the beauty and love in the birth of a new child. So here's my reminder to myself, both as a mom and a support for laboring women....remember the smiles and the awe in the beauty of our children. While many tasks call to us, they are just the means to an end...the end being the creation,sustaining, and love of our family. Nothing else in this world compares to those moments. But we have to watch for them, and not let them pass. We have to look through the trials, aches and pains, and not let the beauty of the moment be passed over.

I think I'll go watch my beautiful kids sleep for a moment......

1 comment:

Crissy said...

What an amazing post! Thank you so much for this reminder of what is truly most important in life. Love your blog by the way!

Birth is a Journey: Does it have to be life changing?

  • One woman might have to climb on an overfilled boat, risking her life and nearly dying as she escapes over the ocean to come to this land. This experience could certainly be life altering. It may very well color the rest of her life, positively or negatively. (I overcame this amazing struggle and here I am triumphant! OR Holy crap, that was SO hard I don’t know if I can go on! By the way, neither response is “right”. No one would judge the woman with the 2nd response.)
  • One woman may buy an airplane ticket, sit on a comfortable 747 and fly to America with a nice smooth flight and landing. She is happy to be in America. Those welcoming her are glad she is here safe and sound. She may only travel by plane 2-4 times in her life, so it is pretty memorable. But the journey itself probably wouldn’t be life changing; it would simply be a journey.
  • One woman may learn to fly an ultra-light plane to lead a flock of geese into America teaching them to migrate. This experience could certainly be empowering and life altering.