I've laughed, cried, laughed, and cried again today.
LilliAnn has "whatever-itis" (this is what she has diagnosed herself with) and has to have a foot massage EVERY night before bed...Reid "can't breathe very well" and doesn't think he's going to be ok MULTIPLE times a day even though we've investigated every possible cause, and Rush SCREAMS at the top of his lungs if someone sings along to one of "his songs" in the car or if his yogurt isn't opened just right. This year has been my toughest year of mothering yet...
"Mom-in" is hard.
Trying to become a mom is sometimes hard, the birthing story you go through to be a mom is hard, the adoption process to become a mom is hard, mothering dogs is hard, not having biological children, but taking care of children because they were always meant to be yours is hard, mothering your grandchildren is hard, mothering on your own is hard, becoming a mom to an angel is hard, mothering when you're working full-time is hard, mothering when you're home all day is hard, mothering when you're sick is hard, and mothering when you're healthy is still really hard..."mom-in" isn't easy. I haven't experienced all of these, but I do know that all of them are hard.
But you know what? It's worth it...so worth it. Being a mom is worth every tear, every heartache, every accidental cuss word, every eye roll, every sigh, every scream, every headache, and every bit of chaos. Because no matter how you mom, "mom-in" is beautiful.
Happy Mother's Day to every kind of mama out there...current mamas, future mamas, grandmamas, dog mamas, and crazy mamas! Press on, you wonderful women. Finish the race and teach those littles (and bigs) about God's amazing grace.
"I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace."