Saturday, June 23, 2012
The due date for my first child is 6 days away - which is one of the reasons I'm up at 6:30 am instead of sleeping in on a Saturday morning (cannot wait for comfortable sleep to return...) As I'm sitting here awake, feeling this baby inside me, I'm feeling overwhelmed but also in awe of the responsibility of motherhood that is about to become mine. I, along with Kevin, and the support of our families and church family, get to take care of this little person, and help him/ her grow physically, emotionally, spiritually. I will be the one they run for when they're hurt or sad. I will be key in directing them to the Lord, in comforting them, in helping them become strong and confident, loving and adventurous, godly and healthy. It is crazy to think of.
One of the other things I'm thinking of is the great examples of motherhood I have around me that I can look to as I become a mother. I am very blessed in this regard, and am so glad I do not go into this alone. Here are a few of the amazing mothers I know and what I have learned from them.
My Mom - I have an amazing mom and I know I will be thankful for her example and her continued support as I become a mom. She loves very deeply. She gives freely. She prays faithfully and believes God answers. She is not afraid of hard work, and can accomplish amazing things!
My Sister - I have loved watching my sister as a mother, seeing her dream come to life. She is gentle and purposeful with her girls. She is willing and able to do difficult things in the moment, knowing that it will be good for her girls in the long run. She loves and cares for them in such a beautiful way. It is inspiring to me.
My Mother-in-Law - Kevin's mom is an incredible woman as well. He often talks about when he was growing up, that she was very intentional about being an active part of his life, playing sports with him and helping him learn how to make healthy and God honoring choices.
Friends - My friend Melissa instills confidence, creativity and passion for God into her two little boys. Another friend, Loni is an amazing example of entrepreneurship, beauty and love. Charmaine is a strong, vibrant woman, and has a heart for worship. Yolanda is playful and patient. Liz shows her kids how beautiful a godly marriage can be.
I am so glad to have these, and many more amazing women in my life as I start this journey. I hope and pray I can become a great mother as well - God helping me.