Sunday, May 08, 2011

Happy to Be a Mother

My mom sent this to me last summer, I hope it inspires and uplifts all the moms reading this blog today.

I have always wanted to be a mother.

In high school, I couldn't wait to get to college. Not just because high school was lame {it was} and horrible {definitely was at times}, but because I knew I would meet my husband when I went to college. Meeting my husband, and then getting married in the Temple would set me on the journey to becoming a mother and make that long time dream come true.

At college {Brigham Young University}, I dabbled around in different majors half-heartedly. Not really sure what to do at the time, but stumbled upon the Home and Family Living degree. I saw classes about sewing, cooking, finances, and interior design {which all sounded great}, but then I also saw classes about The Family Proclamation, Making the Home a Sacred Center, Prosaic Living, Parenting {Gospel centered approach}. Something just clicked and I knew this is where I should focus my studies.

Home & Family Living as a major gets scoffed at a lot. People see it as an "easy" major, one that doesn't require real brains or a lot of hard work. Home & Family Living {HFL} is called the "Mommy" major at BYU, but it has a negative connotation instead of a positive one. It is a degree that will prepare you for Family Life and motherhood {to a point because seriously, you can't really be prepared for a lot of the stuff you deal with as a mom}. But really, what is so wrong about that? Being a mom is the most frustrating, challenging and difficult thing I've ever done, but it is equally rewarding. One second Luke is making me want to pull out all my hair and scream into a pillow, the next he is making me bust out laughing with something he's said or done. Who can resist all the abounding love from a child? Luke loves to give kisses--even in the middle of his worst tantrums. I can get him to come to me when he otherwise wouldn't if I tell him to come give me a kiss on the cheek. Love is my best weapon :)

Even knowing how hard just having one kid is, I have often thought of how amazing and wonderful life would be with lots of kids! {lots for me being like 6 or more, since I want at least 4 kids} How marvelous to enjoy each one as an individual, to watch their personalities take hold, to see them grow and change and evolve as they learn about themselves and the world around them. It would be very hard to have lots of kids, with schedules, fighting, mountains of laundry and a messy house all the time. But how wonderful it would be to have a home bursting with just as much love and laughter?

It's this that is making it all the harder to wait for another baby to bless our lives.
I am so grateful to be Luke's mom. For me, being a mom is the best job I could ever have; I just want to be a good mom and soak up as many precious minutes with Luke while he still likes me :)


  1. Well said! Both you and Elder Holland. I watched this video a few days ago when someone posted it on FaceBook. I touched me just as much now as it did then. This video should be watched by mothers regularly, to inspire and strengthen us!

  2. As an MFHD major, I second that!!


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