Seriously guys, we’re ALREADY on volume 5 of this awesome new series on BFFF! I thought it would be fun to switch this series up and give today’s series its own theme – Motherhood! Not only do I have an amazing mom who has literally bent over backwards for me (it must be why she has a bad back), but also becoming a mother myself has been the #1 most positive life-changing blessing of all time. I am pretty sure NO moment will top it. Of course I have to thank Andy for giving me 2 children who fill my heart so full that I could never put these feelings into words if I tried. Maybe I’ll do a husband quote round-up soon too! ;) So mother and daughter friends, grab a cup of coffee and let’s talk!
I wouldn’t have it any other way!! Being a mother has given me such a special unknown level of joy! When I go to work from our quiet office, it makes me wish I had my kiddies running around the house. I love the chaos! I just couldn’t imagine my life any other way!
Isn’t that the truth! This applies to marriage, friendships, and children of course! I know that the joy my family has means everything to me. Nothing compares!
When I was growing up, my Mom always would say “I love you with all my heart.” We would write this in our birthday cards to each other, say it at bed time each night, and randomly throughout the day. Hearing this always made me feel like a priority and reminded me of being loved. As a mother and wife, I say this to Andy and the kids daily!
When Charlie was born, I ordered my very first piece of wall art from Minted that said this. To this day, it is still hanging in his room. Charlie was my first child and being his mom has taught me the greatest adventure of all. It has taught me how much I can love a child and a level of inner confidence I can’t describe.
This quote can be used in so many walks of life. I remember first hearing Susan Peterson from Freshly Picked say it and it literally had a ripple effect all the way across the internet. I saw it in Pinterest feeds, Instagram Feed – you name it! When I first saw it, I loved it on a work level because I constantly compared myself to other’s success…but as the years went on, I’ve noticed I more often find myself comparing myself to other moms. The stay at home mom across the street (who reads my blog and follows me on Instagram – not sure if she will see this), moms in Charlie’s class, moms on Facebook and all over. The more time goes by, I realize that comparing yourself steals the moment and your glory. There is no instruction manual for being a mom, you just have to listen to your heart and do what feels right to you! And for those who are struggling with this topic as well, this article on how our stage of life is hard is a MUST read. Even a more must read than my blog post!! It was like therapy for me! Yes, it made me cry!
I remember receiving Lara Casey’s Power Sheets 3 years ago and made my secret goal board. All I did was pin pictures of moms with 2 children, a family of 4. Before I got pregnant with Claire, my baby fever was SO bad I would literally cry when I saw babies. It took me a while to get pregnant with Claire, but when it finally happened it was such a happy time in all of our lives.
After I had Charlie, I felt like a hit a quarter life crisis. I was very insecure as a mother and was not happy with myself completely. It was a rough time in my life. But being Charlie’s mom encouraged me to be the very best version of myself. At first becoming a mom made me feel like I couldn’t relate to most of my friends anymore since they were not mothers. I had to go out and meet new friends and have new interests. Years later looking back at this time, I can wholeheartedly tell you I am the MOST happiest I have ever been in my entire life. If it wasn’t for becoming a mother, I never would have known or experienced this level of joy!!! I didn’t lose myself in motherhood, I found myself!