How being a mom changed my life completely...for the better
Nov 07, 2017
August 8, 2013 was the day our first son, Noah Timothy, came home. We have never been the same since.
I remember two nights after being born, Noah would not stop crying. I was still in recovery from the C-section and while Noah was screaming at the top of his lungs, my husband, Rich, and I looked at each other and said, “Well, what do we do now?” It was one of the longest nights of our lives. :D
Two and a half years later, our second son, Nathan Graham was born. And the newest and sweetest addition to our family, Chloe, was born in the Spring of 2018. In these four years, we have learned, laughed, enjoyed, prayed, and understood that family was born in God’s heart.
The closer we get to God, the more we will enjoy our family. I never imagined the unmeasurable joy of being a mom. The love I feel for each of my children is unconditional, I feel extremely grateful with God. Today, I want to highlight a few of the things my children have taught me.
- Life is about living it for others: When we stop focusing on ourselves and can focus on those around us, we can truly know what it means to live. Someone once said that the secret to happiness is to live for others. The problem with our society is that it’s all about ME, and to live for ourselves limits everything we could receive when we live for other people.
- Think creatively: I think parenthood demands a high level of energy and patience. From our free time, to the moments of correcting them, my children have taught me to think outside the box. I learned to not be rigid in discipline, yes be firm, but not rigid. I don’t like my kids watching too much T.V, which requires me to be resourceful and creative.
- Make the most out of your time. If you are a mom, you understand that the few moments you are free are worth more than gold. Something we chatted about with my husband is that we have been more productive as parents than when we were single. My children have taught me how important it is to focus. If I have five hours in the day to work, I focus during those hours to be productive. If I have four hours to be with my children, I focus on being there to meet their needs. When the kids are asleep, many parents don’t know if to go to sleep as well or do everything they didn’t get to do. I think children teach us how valuable time is!
- They have taught me to enjoy every day, every moment. “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Mat 18:3) Jesus taught us how important it is to become like children. But, what is in the heart of a child that is so important? I think two things: innocence and the ability to enjoy everything, even the small things. They have taught me to laugh in every moment and be thankful for what God gives us day to day. Their attitude about life is one I cherish in my heart.
- Genuine faith: I am so impacted by how the faith of a child is simple and pure. For example, if Noah sees someone who is sick or in pain, he knows that the first thing he needs to do is pray. His trust in God is not fake, it’s real.
I think that having kids changed my life forever in the best way and has helped me grow as a person. Now, my focus, my job, my hardwork, and everything I do is not for me, it’s for my generation.
What have your children taught you?