Since we’ve been on vacation, I have washed 3 loads of laundry, a load of dishes, and hand washed countless bottles. I have wiped booties and changed diapers, doctored boo boos in the middle of the night and dove into a pool fully clothed to save a fearless toddler. I have done this all getting up before the sun, thanks to the time difference. This is family vacation.
Welcome to motherhood.
Motherhood, even while on vacation is draining and all consuming. It’s easy to get bogged down by the daily tasks especially when you’re trying to relax! Don’t worry, I will post my beautiful vacation pictures on Instagram for you so you don’t think we didn’t have any fun or see the beautiful sights! But I wanted you to know the truth. I wanted you to know what goes on behind those pictures are hours and hours of work. And if you read about the trip here, you know every smile might be coerced with snacks and Band-Aids!
But as you know, I love to practice gratitude and one of my favorite things to be thankful for is the honor I have to be a mother. And when I’m sick and tired of doing all the things, I remember how fortunate I am and I push through. At 5am, I am savoring the extra morning snuggles and giggles with my girl. I am saying prayers of thanksgiving for all of those super hero t-shirts in the wash and even for those annoying sippy cup straws in the sink.
It reminds me of how Proverbs 31 describes a woman who fears the Lord and I am humbled by the responsibility to be the heart of our family. It is an immense responsibility but the rewards are incomparable. I think of my father in law telling me about a documentary he watched on solders and what research showed was the most common last words upon their death: Mama.
I have found there is nothing like the love a child has for their mother except a mother’s love.