Friday, April 15, 2022

By Design

We're midway through the April A-Z Blog Challenge on this good Good Friday. Have a joyous Easter everyone!

Day 13-M is for Motherhood

Going with something obvious today. 
Obvious, but not easily captured in words. 

There are very few things in this world that completely engage you the way motherhood does. In fact I'd be hard pressed to come up with anything that even comes close. 

My theme in the A-Z Blog Challenge this year has been, 'these are a few of my favorite things', and of all my favorite things motherhood ranks at the top of the list. 

Being a mother, loving my own mother, watching my girls become mothers.

What else can fill your heart to overflowing, break it, mend it, keep you on your knees, make you laugh til you cry, stretch you, grow you, frustrate you, and have you feeling on top of the world, sometimes all in the same day? 

Motherhood is the place where I'm my harshest critic, but also my best self. 

Motherhood changes you, and it continues to change you as you adjust and embrace each new season of parenting. Like the earth itself, the seasons of motherhood are fluid, and while you know this in your head, you still won't always succeed in seeing your grown adult children as the grown adult people they've become. 

Sometimes they're still the little girls whose hair you brushed and whose tears you dried and that's okay too. It's more than okay really. 

Mothers need grace too. 

My mom is in her ninth decade, still listening to my problems, still asking me if I got enough sleep, still telling me how to drive. She can't help it. We can't help it. We're moms from the moment our first born draws a breath to the day we take our last.

 Motherhood is the hardest best thing I've ever done. It's the gift I keep opening, that keeps on surprising...

...and it's my favorite. 


  1. If I was doing favourites Motherhood would be top of my list too.

  2. Beautiful. I never gave birth to a child but have embraced "my boys" as my own. They were 16 and 20 when they entered my life. I feel blessed beyond measure that they love me and call me mom. But I also know I missed out on something spiritual by never giving birth. I'm supposed to be mom to Joey and Jeff and embrace them. God is so good.

    1. There are many called mom who didn’t give birth to the ones they love and care for. I know yours feel fortunate to have you in their lives.

  3. Stopping by on the A2Z to say "Hi"

    All the best for the rest of the challenge

  4. Lovely post. Your words were perfect for describing motherhood.