Reflections of a Mom


Linsey and HollyMother’s Day celebrates moms, but I’m sitting here thinking how lucky I am to be  mom to two pretty wonderful daughters who are my greatest treasures.

I’m remembering the sound of their small voices as they jumped on the bed to wish me a happy day,

the breakfast in bed they prepared with the help of their dad,

Mother's Day  cardsthe cards so proudly made and filled with words of love,

the moments when I looked at them and felt my heart explode with a love that can’t be explained.

I miss being as important to them today as yesterday, but that is the way of things as children grow up and have children of their own, children to whom they become center.

As I look back on being a mom, there are pages I would rewrite, but even with the mistakes I know I did the best I could.

I remember my mother saying to me that children are on loan.  They grow up, they go their own way and we should enjoy them while they are ours.  I so understand the meaning of that now and am so grateful for the time the girls were loaned.  Though being a mom is a forever thing, the role changes and now I look at my daughters who are moms and hope they treasure the precious years they have with their kids.  They are times that cannot be reclaimed or done over and are some of the richest in a mom’s life.

All mothers are rich when they love their children.

There are no poor mothers, no ugly ones, no old ones.

Their love is always the most beautiful of the joys.

And when they seem most sad, it needs but a kiss which they receive or give to turn all their tears into stars.

Maurice Maeterlinck

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27 thoughts on “Reflections of a Mom

  1. Kathleen McConnell May 12, 2013 — 4:42 pm

    Thank you Linda… This is too true….. I have 2 daughter also and they both live far from me. I miss seeing them when I want to. But that is life…and the way it should be.

    Sent from my iPad

    1. I think you’re right, Kit, about the way it should be, but I do hate distance that makes it so hard to spend time together.

  2. I truly believe children love you forever…as much as they ever will. Your girls are precious…you are blessed!

    XO,
    Jane

    1. Agreed, Jane, but I think a child’s love changes over time as his/her life changes.

  3. Yes, your daughters are very pretty. Daughters are so special, I too have two daughters I adore! Breakfast in bed sounds great! My girls are not near me for it, but that’s ok, hubby is great too! Have a nice Mom’s day evening too. Thank you for the sweet and kind comments. Big hugs,
    FABBY

  4. Your daughters are beautiful! Thank you for sharing your precious photos and memories.

    1. Thank you, Amy. Their looks don’t begin to tell the story!

  5. Indeed…your Mom was so right. My Mom used to say the same thing: children are only on loan to us. The hallmark of being a good parent is understanding this and making the most of it so that when you release that child into this big, sometimes cruel, often crazy world, they will be able to stand proud and tall on their own two feet. And they’ll take an invisible backpack with them. In that backpack will be all the knowledge, the love, the wisdom, the humility, the free will, and the respect you gave them to carry for life. They will look into that backpack daily and pull from it…and that’s what will sustain them. They will share the goodies in that backpack with their own children and one day, as their Mother and her Mother and her Mother before her did, be proud as they set their child free to carry on the tradition.

    1. Your perspective is so right on. Love the backpack metaphor.

    2. As always, your perspective blows me away. You have acquired such a healthy way of looking at life.

      1. My friends think I’m a ditz. Thank you for seeing something different! 🙂

      2. Nothing says a ditz can’t have good perspective!

  6. Celia Stewart May 13, 2013 — 7:01 am

    lovely!

  7. Beautiful daughters! Your reflection was awesome. As a Mommy to a four year old I know I am going to miss these days. Love how you pulled out their old cards.

    THanks so much for stopping by!

  8. Your post has me tearing up Linda, and your Mother’s words were so wise…I feel so blessed to have a daughter, and now she has her own daughter to share her life with…I love that you saved the wonderful creations your daughters gave you during the mommy years…so sweet, there is nothing more precious than that! They are beautiful, Mother’s Day wishes to you!
    Jenna

    1. Daughters are, indeed, a gift. I love looking back through their cards and seeing how they changed over the years. Those are the real gifts.

  9. Happy Mother’s Day, Linda!

    1. Thank you, Jennifer. It is always good to hear from you.

  10. Corallie Murray May 13, 2013 — 5:06 pm

    Beautiful, thank you LInda and all the replies. I feel incredibly blessed to have a wonderful son and daughter and four fabulous grandchildren. I too, always felt my children were on loan. Being a Mom and Grammy are absolutely the best, and I am profoundly grateful..

    1. What a delightful surprise to see you show up here. I am honored to hear from one of my favorite people! See you soon.

  11. So beautiful Linda. So well put. I have a box of homemade cards too. Your daughters are lovely and talented like there mother.

    1. Bonnie, you wouldn’t believe how much more talented than I the girls are and each in her own way.

  12. Beautiful post, Linda. So wonderful that you kept all those cards, too. Very sweet.

    1. Thank you, sweet Rose. I hope all is well with you.

  13. What a sweet post. So true that they grow up too soon. I do enjoy watching them and feeling the joy of what wonderful mothers they have become. Enjoy your darling daughters.
    hugs,
    Jann

  14. That was a beautifully reflective post my friend 😀

    Cheers
    CCU

  15. This was my best Mother’s Day 🙂

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