So many things going on, some things you want to finish and end soonest and some you want to linger and stay in it forever like mothering toddlers.
Just finished a quiet and simple family vacation in our hometown recently. Sharing with you photos taken by Mark and some 5 things I want to remember now that we are raising toddlers.
1. Time flies so fast.
As they say our days seem long specially when there are messy floors, way too – early mornings, and mid day tantrums. But the years are very much short, one day they are babies and then suddenly they are already running around and wants to be independent doing their own thing.
2. Children are heritage from the Lord, they are rewards and a blessing.
When things go rough and as human parents we snap and question ourselves “am I enough?” , “am I doing the right thing” or “are my children being raised properly”, I remind myself that my children are from the Lord, and I am from the Lord given to them as their mother. I am enough, I have all that I need, the people around me also know as “the village” to raise them and I am just perfectly- imperfectly right for them! Yes I am enough!
3. They will not be kids forever.
I want to enjoy this, all of this season! Every tantrum thrown at us even at times like vacations , long trips and events. I want to embrace it all and take it all in! I look at my kids and take mental snaps of them. I want to keep it, remember it and tell stories about it to them when they grow up and to their kids in the future.
4. TIME is Love
At this season, every moment with them is like a reward not for them but for us, parents. I remember a story shared with us by a successful doctor who sent her children to the city as she practice her profession in the province because she wanted to ensure that they get the best education. I felt her sadness and longing to get back all the time that was lost and not shared with her kids. Her kids are now all successful , “If only I could turn back time, I will make them study in the province and grow up with me. Enjoy your kids, while they are kids.” she said. At that moment it was made clear to me that as parents we spend time with our kids not for them to remember because they will definitely forget but for us to remember this time and enjoy the memories spent with them as kids.
5. I need other mothers.
Yes we do, we cannot do it all and do it well! As a mother of 2 toddlers I enjoy having friends who share best practices and same worries about their children. I love to hear stories of mothers who find success in raising kids who are faithful, motivated and most importantly – happy. I am part of various mommy clubs online and I do follow inspiring moms on social media. And honestly, insecurities kick in when seeing how other moms do it. Clearly there is a problem there! The motivation of being a mom is wrong when that happens. And we are all very much vulnerable of feeling, that lie of not doing it right.
So I want to engage more and genuinely build a community with mothers who are reading this and I invite you to attend the Empower Mama workshop. It’s goal is to share our thoughts and stories we can relate to over on top of realizing our truest capacity to take care of our kids while being sincerely successfully happy with who are.
If you are interested or you know anyone who needs this workshop, tag them here and I will be happy to send them a personal invite. 🙂
P.S. I praise God for revealing new delights as days pass and very much excited for new mornings with my 2 toddlers and new chapters unfolding, I put my trust in God 10000%!
Cheering for you,