Lessons in Motherhood

Lessons in Motherhood

"And the little prince said to the man, 'Grownups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always explaining things to them.'" -- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

6 years of motherhood has made me realize that children are capable of teaching us more than we could ever imagine. I thought Little J had taught me everything I needed to know about motherhood. But now I'm starting to understand that every child that comes into your life has a new lesson to teach you. And sometimes, you have to relearn old lessons to create space for the new person in your life.

What it means to love someone so fully. What it's like to operate on pure adrenaline, coffee and prayers. How heartbreaking it is to watch your little one in pain. And the absolute joy you feel watching them meet their milestones.

These last few months I have had to learn a lot of lessons. Some of them amazing, others, not so much. But the most important thing I've learned is grace. I've been giving myself that a lot lately, and until now, I didn't realize how important it was.

Suddenly becoming a mother of two, and then having your spouse deploy is a lot like being thrust into the middle of the ocean, with a set of water wings, and being expected to tread water for months. At first there's shock. Then fear. Then finally your survival instincts kicks in, and you operate on pure adrenaline.

Right now I'm somewhere between surviving and recognizing that this too shall pass. But most importantly I'm learning the art of giving myself Grace.

My laundry basket now overflows. Our house is no longer spotless. Our meals aren't quite as elaborate as they once were. But I'm taking it all in stride. It's all a part of the lesson. Sometimes you can't control everything. In fact, you shouldn't try to. Sometimes you have to sit back, hold on, hope for the best and give yourself a bit of Grace.

Until next time,

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