Motherhood: More Than Skin Deep

“Regardless of how each of us came to be called ‘Mom’—whether by giving birth, adopting, becoming a step-parent, or other journeys —the common thread is that motherhood changes our bodies, minds, and hearts forever,” writes Brooke Meabon of Alamo City Moms Blog. She and her team recently launched the meaningful three-part series Motherhood: More Than Skin Deep in celebration of all these different, though connected, mothers.

I was honored to be asked to participate in Part Two of the three-part series. Please feel welcome to check out my story in Motherhood: More Than Skin Deep, Part Two. I was delighted that 8-week-old Baby G was able to appear with me in one of the photographs.

Brooke asked all the lovely ladies who participated in this project to answer some questions to accompany their stories. Most likely due to space constraints, the entire Q&A’s couldn’t be published. So below, I’ve shared a few additional questions along with my answers.

How would you describe yourself as a mom? affectionate, energetic and sometimes impatient

What do you want your children to tell their children about you? That I not only told them I loved them but showed them I loved them; that I listened to them and took what they had to say seriously; and that I was someone they could turn to and count on.

How do you see your own mother in your mothering style? Food played a big part in my mom’s mothering style; she always made sure that my three siblings and I ate delicious, quality food either at home or at local restaurants. I’m similar in that way. I enjoy cooking and baking for my family and *with* my family, and trying out different eateries, farmers’ markets, and food festivals together. I believe, as my mom did, that good food encourages families to get together, spend time together, and stay close.

Many thanks again to Brooke and Alamo City Moms Blog for including me in their meaningful work here!

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YOU Are Blessed

I brought Baby G to her two-month checkup a few days ago. She measured in at the 55th percentile for weight, and 7th for height—nearly opposite of Little G. I smiled at our pediatrician. “So where Little G is tall and thin, Baby G is …”

“Perfect,” our pediatrician said, hugging Baby G. “She’s perfectly healthy. You have two healthy daughters. You are blessed.”

You are blessed.

My first thought was, how interesting to hear a doctor speak the languages of both medicine and spirituality, simultaneously. My second thought was, YES. Blessed.

When are we most aware of the blessings—or gifts; the good things—in our life? Maybe in quiet moments—rocking a child to sleep, feeling their breath against us. Or in noisy moments, like celebrations with loved ones.

Day-to-day life challenges us constantly, especially when we’re caring for young children. In the hustle and bustle, it can be easy to take our family and friends for granted. Health for granted. Life for granted.

Until someone reminds us, in sometimes the most unexpected of places: YOU ARE BLESSED.

You are.

Blessed.

One of my favorite quotes is this one, compliments of writer Thornton Wilder: “We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”

What are the treasures in your life?

Beyond that … beyond tallying up our treasures … why don’t we make them count? Pay forward the kindnesses done to us?

About two years ago, my hubby and I stumbled upon the Sunday morning church service we now attend every week with our two daughters. Sunday after Sunday, we’ve gotten to know the other young families there, too. And after Baby G was born, our church friends wrote out a meal schedule and alternated evenings for bringing dinners to us, for several weeks.

What a blessing, as any new parent knows.

And the next time I can bring a dinner to a friend who could use it, I will. Pay it forward. Make it count. “One can never pay in gratitude; one can only pay ‘in kind’ somewhere else in life,” Anne Morrow Lindbergh said.

You are blessed.

Now be a blessing, too. ❤

YOU Are Blessed

(Many thanks to my good friend Kathleen for sending the beautiful bouquet pictured above for my recent birthday. Yes, she’s a blessing in my life!)