May 9, 2010

My Version of Motherhood.

Happiness in the backseat with sunglasses and sippy cup.

God has blessed me with the most happy, jovial, outgoing, fun and energetic first child. It's no surprise, really. I often need the lesson that he is here to teach me. He made me a mother and I never take this job for granted. I'm honored every day to be his side kick, and thank God every night that I get to be Harrison's mom.

I think every mother out there has her own style of raising her children. It's interesting to see how my friends do things differently than I would, and what their styles teach me. For me motherhood means....
  • Caring less about a messy house and more about a happy child {I wish I could be better about cleaning up...but I'm just not}.
  • Affection, affection, affection.
  • Figuring out what makes them tick and nurturing their strengths.
  • Modeling behavior that I want them to emulate someday.
  • Letting them know that, above all else, they are the greatest miracle of my life.
  • Constant "I love yous" and "I'm proud of yous" go a long way....every child wants their parent's approval.
  • Taking comfort in knowing that "you reap what you sow" and that one day all this hard work will come back to you in the form of a loving, good, happy adult.
Here is a little clip of a typical afternoon moment.  The best laugh in the world happening over dropping a little wooden pig on the ground while standing on a step stool...

Happy Mothers Day.