Happy Mother’s Day

Motherhood is unexplainable. You can read quote after quote, blog after blog, book after book, and never truly understand any of it until you become a mother yourself. It’s hard to put into words how becoming a mother can simultaneously break and build you.

Do I have less time to take care of myself? Sure. Do I spend most of my days as a walking cliche in leggings with a mug full of cold coffee? Absolutely. Would I change any of it for all the money in the world? Not a chance.

My world is forever changed because of two beautiful beings that started out as small as seeds and are now blossoming before my eyes, and I couldn’t love it more if I tried.

Today is a day meant to celebrate moms, and while I agree that mothers are more than worthy of celebration, I also think that it’s a day to celebrate the ones who give us our most important job titles in the first place.

A note to my babies on Mother’s Day:

Marleigh Jo,
You first made me a mommy and helped me to understand my place in this world. You gave my life meaning I didn’t know I was missing, and you have taught me so much about life and how to live it. You teach me every day to laugh at silly things, to imagine and dream and dance to my heart’s content. You show me what it’s like to have real, pure faith in God and His abilities. You are kind, sweet, and well-mannered; strong-willed, talented, and hilarious; and the best big sister. You are so much more than my daughter – you are my forever baby, one of my very best friends, and THE best little girl I know (and I’m not just saying that because you’re mine!).

Henry Russell,
You are our missing puzzle piece that we prayed for. You are all boy and force me to practice my patience often. You are, and always have been, my Momma’s Boy. I love the way you play hard and crash harder. You are snuggly, sweet, and a crazy spitfire all at once. You teach me not to take things too seriously and to appreciate the little moments – like when you back up into my lap for a book, or when I catch you silently dancing in the back seat to your favorite songs. You make me laugh with your silly antics and even with your stubborn personality, always testing the limits (and getting away with almost everything with your too-cute little face!). The way you love your “sissy” melts my heart and watching the two of you together fills me with so much pride every single day. You are my little partner in crime and I love watching you grow into such a wonderful little boy with a big personality!

I love you both with every ounce of my being. I whisper this in your ears every night, but it’s worth repeating: I am so proud to be your mommy.

To all the moms out there – whether you are hanging on by a thread and struggling to survive on one hour of sleep with a newborn, mentally preparing yourself to see your child walk across the graduation stage, or watching your baby bring babies of their own into the world: Happy Mother’s Day. And just in case you need to hear it today: you’re doing a wonderful job.

And last but not least, to my own Mommy – because I know you’re always the first person to read my posts and share them with your Facebook friends – I hope you know how much I love and appreciate you and EVERYTHING you do for me and my little family. You are the best mother in the world and I wouldn’t have a clue what I’m doing as a mother myself without being able to follow in your footsteps. I am SO thankful that you are here, healthy, and able to enjoy these moments with us. We couldn’t ask for a better Mimi! I love you “to infinity and beyond,” “so very much!” THANK YOU, and Happy Mother’s Month! 😉

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