Today is mother’s day and I feel I must take time to reflect a little on the journey of the last 22 months of being a mom.
I feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude today. I can’t take for granted the blessings in my life in this area. I’ve actually been thinking about this for a long time.
I am grateful I was able to get pregnant and enjoyed a healthy pregnancy.
I am grateful for a beautiful, natural, un-complicated home birth which empowered me and brought me a new level of life experience and so much more.
I am grateful for my beautiful, vibrant, bright and healthy 22 month old daughter. She has hardly been sick save a few colds and she blows me a way on a regular basis with how bright she is and what she remembers or the things she says. She is pure entertainment and pure joy.
I am grateful for these things for many reasons, but I have also know so many people that don’t have this and it makes me so incredibly grateful for what I have. I have friends who have not been able to get pregnant, I have friends who had very difficult pregnancies, I’ve had friends whose birth experiences were not what they hoped and for some were almost tragic, I know mothers who did not get to live to see their babies’ second day of life. I know mothers who struggle with children who are ill, or children who have special needs. I know so many for whom this day brings sadness because their mothers are no longer living, or for other reasons.
I say all of this, not to make people feel bad or to flaunt what I have. I say this because I find myself so profoundly humbled and grateful, that for whatever reason, not anything I have done, God has given me this beautiful gift. In the richness God has blessed me in this area, I have found he has given me great compassion that flows out of this. When I brush up against people in my life that have difficulties in any of these areas I’m overwhelmed in my heart, my heart goes out to them, I feel sad with them, or hurt with them and at the same time deeply grateful for my own circumstances. I’m also grateful that I don’t take this stuff for granted or take it lightly. That I am able to see these blessings.
It is also my hope and prayer today, for all my friends who desire to be mothers and have not yet been able, that God would give you the desires of your heart.