As the time draws nearer to celebrate Mother’s Day, so many things come to my mind. I think about my Mom and the amazing example she has been to my brother and I when we were growing up. A true picture of selflessness – always rooting for us on the side of the cricket pitch or staying up late to make my dancing outfits and encouraging me throughout my dance career. The school lunches, taxi-driving, my confidant and much more. How blessed I have been to have the mom I do.
I think of my mother-in-law, raising three boys, forever encouraging them to pursue their dreams, always giving them the best opportunity for their sport careers. I think of family and of a friend who is due to become a mommy in about 7 months’ time – oh what an awesome journey, experiencing the miracle of life developing inside you.
I often need to snap my fingers and give myself a reality check. I have three beautiful, healthy, clever little angels. Thank you, Lord. They bring an abundance of love, joy, chaos and excitement to our lives and I wouldn’t have it any other way. If I think back to when I was pregnant with Isabella – what an experience! Your first pregnancy isn’t more special than your second or third, however, I think things are amplified, in a way. It’s the first of everything – first scan, first heartbeat, first down syndrome scan, first kick on the inside of my body. I had to process that a little princess was joining our world, my little princess. I clearly remember standing in the nursery with my mom, crying with the overwhelming thoughts of; What must I do? Will I know what’s wrong? Will that motherly instinct kick in? Oh, how far I’ve come since then. When it comes to new moms and them asking “how will I know?” I always like to say that it’s like knowing your husband was “the one”. You’ll just know.
The Little Precious Things
I think moms sometimes feel like we get left behind, in a way. Dads swoop in, they play with the kids (in a way that moms just can’t), they get to do all the cool stuff while mom is in the kitchen or getting everything ready for bath time. But moms, without us doing the unnoticeable and more mundane things, I truly believe our homes would fall apart. Who puts your little ones’ favourites into the cupboard or fridge? Who makes sure everything is packed and ready for school? Who makes sure your babies’ shampoo is there? The list goes on. If you never feel like you get a pat on the back, a high five or a fist pump – moms I’d like to say; you’re the best! You are the rock of your family, soldiering on, doing the necessary to make it all work.
Mothers’ Day is a special day for me. Four years ago on Mother’s Day I was baptised at my church (3Ci in Pretoria), on the same day Isabella was dedicated and one year later Sofia was dedicated on Mother’s Day too. From a faith perspective, our home wouldn’t be what it is today if it wasn’t for Jesus at our centre. When Isabella spoke to me about the first time she saw her angel or Sofia reminds us daily about putting on the Armour before school (tears welling up) I have an overwhelming feeling of gratitude. I am so thankful for everything I get to experience with my precious children.
Some time ago, my dad sent me a scripture about Mothers. The gist of it was – God chose Mary, a lady in the middle of nowhere, to birth His only Son, someone who would be the single most influential man that ever walked this earth. Jesus. Wow! And now I get to be a mom to His children? I am overwhelmed by his love, grace and faithfulness. So, moms, wherever you are, whatever you’re going through, just know that you have been chosen and you can do it.
Moms, without you there simply is a piece missing to the puzzle.
To my mom; I love you very much. You’re an amazing woman. To my dad; I think about your mom and my granny, although she is no longer with us – what an awesome, wise, loving mom and gran she was. To my parents; thank you for all your love and support – I am the mommy I am today because of your investment in my life. To my amazing husband; God truly blessed me when he put you on my path. Nothing would be possible without you. Thank you for encouraging me to be the mom I’ve always dreamed of being.
To celebrate moms and all you do, I’d like to spoil someone. A lucky mom will win products, a make-over & a photoshoot for her & her baby / kiddies to the value of R8000. This is all thanks to these awesome moms – Riette De Wet (Riette De Wet Photography) and Melissa Swart (Glam Bam) as well as Gary Rom Hairdressing.
Final Mother’s day Thoughts
Today, tomorrow, Mother’s Day or not, I celebrate you moms! Whether you’re preggy, have toddlers, primary or high school kids, or perhaps your kids are all grown up.
After all, all we can do is give our best. And your best is more than enough in His eyes. I know you hold that feeling of your new born curled up on your chest so dearly, so if you are a mom or not and you’re reading this, the next time you see your mom, sit on her lap and just give her the biggest hug. No matter how old you are. It will mean more to her than you’ll know. If your relationship with your mom isn’t what it used to be or what you’d like it to be, I encourage you to do something about it – start small if you have to. If your mom has passed on and Mother’s Day is a reminder of her, celebrate her life and all she is to you… She wouldn’t want you to be sad. And remember, love covers all.
“Blessed is she who carried His promise in her womb.”