kiss your mom

January 15, 2013



The lovely Erin Milnik took this picture. I can’t wait to share the whole photo shoot soon!


Confession: I love my mom….seriously, there is no other person on earth that brings as much comfort and peace into a room like my mother. I have always had a deep appreciation for my mom and felt like I loved her pretty well, but now that I have become a mother myself…Oh man! How much I appreciate her now!!


There are times where I felt like I was pretty selfless before I became a parent… I would try to get up early each morning and make a warm breakfast for my husband, throw a sandwich into his lunch pail, and send him out the door with a kiss. I know, so 1950′s style right?  But after the door shut and the man was on his way to work, I had all day till dinner time to work on my business, get coffee with friends, and  meet clients. There was not a lot of total selfless giving that was required of me.


Well, let me tell you… now…. motherhood blows your pre-parent selfless giving out of the water big time folks. It does bring you fresh joy, different from what you have ever felt pre-parent, during marriage, but it requires more sacrifice than you realized – no matter how many times parents prep you for this adventure.  There have been many nights recently since Jackson came down with a bad stuffy nose where we have been up together late at night, him being miserable because he can’t breath out of his nose and me, bone tired trying to soothe his little heart.  I have often thought of my mom during those late night sessions where I am giving all that I can give to my precious little boy.  You give everything you have to be a mom…your body, your energy, your mind (you constantly are aware and think about your baby), your emotions, and your heart. It is a great sacrifice but one that brings you deep joy. Then I ponder the highest of love relationships…how God sent His own precious Son to  die for me! I have seen God’s love for me now in a new light…how MUCH he loves us. Such deep, deep love!!


My mother did this for me too… she stayed up all of those late nights, helping me with stuffy noses. She left her master’s degree in French literature, her travels around the world, all to be with her husband and four little baby girls. She was happy to leave it all behind because she found greater joy in four little girls that kept her up with colic, stuffy noses, and temperatures.  She did sacrifice, but she found still deeper and deeper lasting joy.


So my encouragement for you today is to go kiss your mother.  She has given up the world for you and loves you more than you realize.



  • Melissa

    Lovely. I love your heart. Thanks for sharing. And I cannot wait to see the rest of those yummy pictures. I saw a few peeks that Erin posted on Facebook. Lovely, lovely work. Hugs, m


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