Edit: How embarrassing! I’m not sure how this happened, but for some reason I forgot to actually ADD THE DOWNLOAD. Sheesh. Then of course, I neglect my blog for a week… :/ It’s updated now, thanks for letting me know, ladies!!
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This past couple of weeks have been quite challenging for me in Mommy-land. Too much screaming, too little cleaning, and a far too blurry line between sane and not. I love my kids, in all their sticky-faced, rumpled clothes, sibling rivaled glory, but some days it is just exhausting. With all my faults and failures, it feels impossible that I could be doing much for the good of my children.
In one of my mental rants against the pitfalls of raising children, I sat alone in front of the computer far too late at night. I was steeping in full Pity Party mode, and didn’t know how to shake it. Finally, I decided (was inspired?) to read some talks from the general authorities of the church on motherhood. There are lots of beautiful ones, but that night a particular one called, “Because She Is a Mother” lightened my heart.
The words, spoken by Jeffrey R. Holland, were soft and comforting, and all too true. He begins with a story from Victor Hugo; two soldiers witnessing a mother break a meager loaf of bread and handing it all to her two children. One soldier surmises that she isn’t hungry, but the other knows the role of motherhood well: No, it is because she is a mother.
I can’t but help wonder what the mother herself thought in this situation: surely she handed the morsels of bread to her children, full of self-deprecation, feeling at fault for providing them with so little. She is hungry herself, yes, but she will sacrifice and she will cry alone, wishing that she could do more, wishing she could be more. Motherhood requires giving and sacrificing, and still feeling like an utter failure against the unending demands of little children. Still, we give it all, and cry alone at night, wondering if we are enough, praying that tomorrow we will be all that they require.
Elder Holland patiently reminds us,
Mothers, it is worth it then, now, and forever.
Do the best you can through these years, but whatever else you do, cherish that role that is so uniquely yours and for which heaven itself sends angels to watch over you and your little ones.
It’s a hard and selfish work where giving our all rarely feels complete. These words reminded me of the eternal nature of our rewards, so I created a little printable to hang in my home (or perhaps I’ll shrink it down so I can stick it in my scriptures?). Click the image above to download all 5 versions of the quote. Just be sure to print the page number you like best to get your favorite colorway. :)