On being a mom

I had a random thought this morning just after I dropped my kids off at school. Mary is going to trip. She’s never fallen on her way in before, but I parked the car anyway, and surely enough I was tending her scraped knees a few seconds later.

What a sweet moment that was. Of course she is fine now, and probably would have been just fine without my help. But I was so glad I got to be there for her, especially since I’m not going to see her again until Friday. I’d never really had the chance to stand there in the drop off zone and hear the chorus of “Love You”s all around me as other families blew their kisses and waved their goodbyes for the day. I wish I were only saying goodbye for the day, and that they could simply come home to both parents every day, but in spite of all of its imperfections, life is beautiful.

Coincidentally, I just won a little photo contest with a theme that fit this morning perfectly. Steph at Diapers and Divinity had posted a call for photos to go with this quote by Elder M. Russel Ballard (you can find the whole talk here):

“Recognize that the joy of motherhood comes in moments. There will be hard times and frustrating times. But amid the challenges, there are shining moments of joy and satisfaction.”

This is the photo I submitted:

me with my kids about 8 years ago
Me with my kiddos about eight years ago.

Steph says, “It embodies both the joy and exhaustion of motherhood in one beautiful image.” Well, I think she captured the essence of what I’m feeling in one beautiful phrase. I love being a mom.

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