Today my oldest son is turning 10. This means that I have been a mom for one decade. This feels like a big milestone for me. In so many ways this 10 years seems like a blur, but certain days it seemed like time has stood still while I was willing the seconds to go faster. There have been moments where I feel like I have this mothering thing down, but even more moments where I fear I may be ruining my children for life.
Our oldest has definitely our experiment child – sometimes showing our parenting methods to be successful and sometimes showing us that we need to try another angle. I do know that I have learned far more than I anticipated from being a mom. Lessons I didn’t even know that I needed to learn. Mainly how much I need grace and how much I need Jesus to change me into his likeness. I have definitely not arrived yet! Most days I am glad that God considers me worthy of refining. And for those days when I would rather just stay who I am and not grow or progress, I am glad that God patiently leads me forward anyway.
Today I definitely celebrate the gift of getting to be a mom. Whatever stage you are at in your mothering journey I pray that you will celebrate as well. Being “a mom” is definitely the most precious and undeserving gift God has ever bestowed on us!
P.S. Happy birthday, son!