5 Minutes for Mom is offering several giveaways and contests in honor of Mother's Day. Including this photo contest - the prize is $1000!
If you're one of my usual blog readers, you will know that the last couple of weeks have been a bit crazy for me, but I wanted to post about this. Not really because I think I'll win the contest, but because I have deep feelings about what Motherhood means to me.
Let me start by saying...having children isn't easy for me. It's difficult to get pregnant and it's hard to be pregnant. During both of my pregnancies I have suffered from Hyperemesis Gravidarum, a debilitating condition characterized by severe vomiting. We're not just talking morning sickness here...this is a different thing. For me surviving pregnancy is a miracle added to a miracle. I have blogged about this a little bit here.
I have often seen a picture of the Savior, Jesus Christ with the words "I never said it would be easy, I only said it would be worth it." It is a fairly common image and thought among people of my faith.
This is how I feel when I hold my new baby. When all the pain and torment of the process of getting this baby ends and I know it was worth every moment of all the awfulness it took to get there. This moment when heaven meets earth and a new child rests in your arms and you look down and know they are yours. When you feel your heart melt and feel the unspeakable joy of feeling God's love looking at you through the new eyes of your child.
Breaking from my tradition of not posting pictures of my kids on this site...I decided to give you this little look - yes, the pictures were taken in very different lighting conditions and since it's been a crazy couple of weeks, I didn't have enough time to really make them look great...but hey...what are you going to do?
That's motherhood for me. It's hard. It's painful at times. It's uncomfortable and usually not very glamorous. It's never easy...But it is always worth it.