i get to be a mother

There are tiny moments that come along that make you look at life differently and last night was one of those nights. Like most months I was able to gather together with the women in my neighborhood for Motherhood Education. We gather together as sister's to share and discuss our triumphs and trials as mothers, daughters, sister and women.

Last night we gathered together and discussed about perspective and marriage. We were told to tell the person sitting next to us all the things we "have" to do in the morning - like, I have to wake up in the morning, I have to shower, I have to go to the gym, I have to make breakfast, etc. Then, we were told to repeat the same things and rephrase it by saying all the things we "get" to do - like, I get to wake up in the morning, I get to shower, I get to go to the gym, I get to make breakfast. It was such an interesting way to think about perspective.

I've spent many days thinking about how annoying it is to wake up to my kids demanding breakfast and throwing tantrums about toys and making dinner just to hear that it was gross. A combination of those events and my thoughts left me feeling depleted daily. Each day with kids is mostly the same, which is awesome and boring. We wake up and eat breakfast and watch cartoons and clean the house and get ready. Sometimes doing these simple tasks feels impossible. But, how would it feel to not be able to do those things for my children?? The exercise in changing the "have to's" to "get to's" was really enlightening for my soul.

There is nothing that brings me greater joy than my sweet children. My days of raising and holding and cherishing their small, innocent selves are numbered and I never want to take them for granted - even amidst the tantrums, boring moments and daily struggles. They are my life, the ones that make me stronger and better, the ones that show me endless love and endless forgiveness. Being a mother will always be my greatest calling.

I get to be a mother. 
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