When asked what I wanted for Mother's Day a few years ago, I can remember saying something to the effect of "I just want to act like I'm not a mother for one day". I wanted to go get my nails done, go out to lunch with a friend, go on a dinner date with Phil, and definitely get out of diaper duty, bath time, bed time, cooking and cleaning.
I was young, my kids were all very young and dependent on me, and I wanted a break. I couldn't see that this was "the time of my life" as older moms would tell me. I could only see how tired, frazzled, stressed out I was. I looked at my children and saw all the work they provided.
I was stupid. But mostly just tired.
Somehow over the years, things changed. It was a slow and steady shift in both responsibilities and attitude. The kids got older and more independent, fewer were in diapers, they began sleeping through the night, they started school, and I could finally start seeing all the joy these kids brought to our lives.
I actually enjoyed being their mom, seeing them grow and develop into little boys and girls, and laughed and laughed everyday, both with them and at them :) We all have so much fun together!! I finally understood why the Bible refers to children as riches.
Even though we continued having little kids in the house, I never felt as overwhelmed and exhausted as I did during those first five years being a mom. Now a new baby just means a new person to love, and yes, of course they are a lot of "work" but they give the sweetest paychecks ever, in the form of smiles and coos and kisses.
Having children has also completely changed my relationship with Phil. There's no way to bond with someone better than over a screaming baby at 3 am ;) We're a team, and we both need each other to make this all work smoothly. It's unconditional and sacrificial love at it's finest.
So yesterday, on Mother's Day, I wanted nothing more than to spend the day with my kids. And they wanted nothing more than to make me happy! It was a great day, full of time spent together and I even cooked dinner, changed diapers and folded laundry...joyfully.
As Phil replied to the lady at the restaurant who remarked "You sure have your hands full!"...
"Better full than empty!"
Our hearts and hands are full indeed, and we are so thankful for it.