An Announcement: OWW

Introducing:

One Word Wednesday!

Dum dee da dum! *dramatic fanfare* *bowing* *clapping*

Anyways. OWW is going to be something I’ll be trying out for a while.

Each Wednesday (hopefully every week) I will put up a very short post. It will have a photograph that was taken by yours truly, and a word.

It might be a word that has an interesting definition (and I’ll include the definitions sometimes if I feel the need), or a word that’s pretty, or fun to say, etc.

Also, be on the lookout for two more announcement-type posts that will be important for you to read, plus a change in the blog look should be coming soon for Summer, and a Spring Wrap Up.

So what do you think? Will One Word Wednesdays be a nice addition to the blog? Do you even want to see my photography and hear cool words?

mothers

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Mothers. Wow. Just wow.

I literally cannot fathom how a mother is a mother.

They are the most selfless people, and their lives are literally revolved around their children.

How often do we even appreciate that?

I know I don’t express my gratitude to my mother often enough. Maybe because I take it for granted.

Moms truly are miracles.

“Successful mothers are not the ones that have never struggled. They are the ones that never give up, despite the struggles.”

That’s so true. I hear my mom, and lots of moms saying things about how they aren’t good enough or how they make mistakes, or worst of all, that they are a bad mom. They usually say these things when they are discouraged, or us kids have done or said something that makes them doubt themselves.

And I just look at her in awe and think, ‘I’m so selfish I can barely make myself tidy the living room, and you just finished a wall to wall cleaning of the entire house.

And for kicks: “Nothing is officially lost until your mother can’t find it.” #truth.

“Her children arise and call her blessed. Her husband also, and he praiseth her.” ~Proverbs 31:28

I feel like we don’t do this near enough, don’t you think?

“She spent all her time loving herself, she sometimes forgot to spend anytime loving herself. She would pour all her energy into creating a beautiful world for her family, that she would forget to create beauty for herself.

She spent hours making sure her children looked presentable, and glance in the mirror to see her bun in disarray, her makeup smeared, her clothes messy. She would feel sad. Little did she know that when her husband walked through the door, he thought she was the most beautiful sight he had seen all day.

She planned a week ahead what she would make for dinner, but it was burnt. She was so excited to take her children to a nice restaurant for lunch, but they put their elbows on the table and blew bubbles in their drinks. She felt ashamed. She didn’t think that perhaps no one cared how overdone the food was, or that the children didn’t mind fancy food and just loved spending time with her.

She worked all day preparing something really special, and when she was met with disappointment, she felt like she was a failure. She didn’t know that the sad look on her kids’ face was because they were unhappy about how tired she was.

And at the end of the day, when tears are falling down her face, she is exhausted and fed up. When she simply wants all to feel right and feel like she actually makes a difference, when she wants to feel her worth, when all dignity is gone, that is the moment one of her children is thinking about how nice their mom did their hair, how clean the house was, how sweet it was when dad and mom smiled at each other, how yummy the food was, how cool the restaurant was, and how amazing their mother is. So they say a simple five words to their mother, five words they don’t say near often enough. 

‘Thank you. I love you.”

That is the moment that a mother should know she is incredible.”

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So on this day of celebrating mothers, I say thank you, Mom. I love you.

Happy Mother’s day to mom’s everywhere.

Not Getting Any Younger

Days are passing.

Children are sprouting up.

You’re changing.

Life’s changing.

The world’s changing.

And there’s nothing you can do about it. But you can enjoy the process.

It’s scary and overwhelming sometimes, but beautiful.

As they say, it’s not about the destination, it’s the journey (although, in the case of life, I kinda disagree, ’cause being with our Savior will be amazing).

We don’t have to be consumed with what’s going to happen next, or where we’re attending college, or what we’ll be doing in 10 years.

And we don’t have to worry about any of it, God is in control!

I’m not saying don’t plan ahead, you should know a general idea of what you want to do or else you will have many difficulties, but life is rushing by just fine on it’s own, you don’t have to hurry it along any more.

My dad just passed a milestone on his birthday, and it’s hard to believe he turned that age. Not that it’s old, just that like ‘my how time passes’. My niece, for goodness’ sake, is going to be turning so old, it seems, in just a few weeks. And I’m going to be driving soon!

It’s all magical and exciting and horrifying all at the same time!

So enjoy each stage of life while it lasts, because you are not getting any younger! That’s not a bad thing, it’s beautiful.

“Isn’t it funny how, day by day, nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different? ~ C.S. Lewis