Why I Love Being Mama

Years ago, when my hubby and I first got married, we started to notice a disturbing trend.  Every time we talked about how happy we were or how much we loved each other, people were quick to dismiss us as “newlyweds” and tell us, “that’ll wear off soon enough.”  Then they’d start complaining about their own husband/wife/marriage.  It’s just plain sad how so many folks are quick to tear down their spouses in public, and what’s more, it seems that people love to complain about their kids. 
Now, trust me, I do know there are some not-so-glamorous things about the life of a mama.  I have worn “mama perfume” {aka spit-up} more times than I care to count, and I can’t remember the last time I slept in past 6:30 on a weekday.  And I do from time to time {ok, frequently} feel clueless and need to seek advice from my mommy friends when Noah is going through certain challenges or stages. 
But all in all, I love being Mama.
Today, I wanted to take a minute to share why.
1. Nobody else’s hugs and kisses are sweeter than my son’s.
2. I love to see myself reflected in another little person.  He has my smile.
3. My son can make me laugh just by being himself.  For example, when he cracks himself up and then announces, “Noah’s laughing.”  Or when we’re at the playground and he shouts into the echoing slide, “Noah made POO-POO!”
4. I learn from my son that I should smile at everyone, accept and love everyone, and see the world for the wonder it really is.
5. Motherhood has made me less selfish and has taught me what it means to love someone with God’s kind of love.  The unconditional, unending kind that truly puts another person’s wants and needs before my own.
6. There is no better gift than a flower picked by grubby hands because, “it make Mama happy.”
7. Now I have an excuse to swing on the swingset, play tag, write with sidewalk chalk, and do all the fun things that grownups without little kids are too “dignified” to do.
8. When Noah wants to hear a “time machine story” about Moses, Zacchaeus, Noah’s Ark, or Baby Jesus and starts filling in all the details, I know I’m doing something right. 
9. I love to teach, so there’s nothing like watching him learn his ABC’s, numbers, colors, and all kinds of other things about the world we live in as we explore them together day by day.
10. He’s a great date at the coffeehouse…if only he would treat once in awhile!
What do you love most about your kids, spouse, or family?
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Blessings,
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4 comments on Why I Love Being Mama

  1. Amanda Joy
    April 25, 2011 at 8:30 PM (4 years ago)

    I love seeing imagination. I try and do as much as I can to help Asher and Abbie’s imaginations flourish. Our house is a “no video game house” not because all video games are bad, but I have too many relatives that now think that is the only way to experience fun.

    My kids constantly crack me up with the things they say. I tell everyone, and probably sound boatsful… when I really want them to experience the same laughter, smiles, and tender moments that I get.

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  2. Janelle
    April 26, 2011 at 2:12 AM (4 years ago)

    ‘people were quick to dismiss us as “newlyweds” and tell us, “that’ll wear off soon enough.”‘ –> I guess this depends on the couple. My husband and I have been married for 5 years and we’re still very happy together.

    I love everything about being a mom too! (considering I didn’t want a baby for the longest time… now I can’t imagine why I ever felt that way). But I do dream of the day I can sleep 8 hours straight again :)

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  3. meg
    April 26, 2011 at 8:52 PM (4 years ago)

    thank you for your sweet comments on my blog! i’m excited to be YOUR newest follower! i’ve found the blog world to be such a neat community of women, wives, mamas, crafters, cooks, and best of all, so many others that love and follow christ and are seeking him in all they do! so encouraging! i LOVE this post! my husband and i hate it when people talk down on being married or becoming parents… we are determined to love each other fully and always give thanks for our many blessings!!

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  4. Katy
    April 26, 2011 at 10:59 PM (4 years ago)

    I could not agree more. My little one is a very happy girl & so friendly with adults so we often strike up conversations when we’re out. I can’t tell you how many times those conversations end “yeah she’s sweet now, but just wait ’til she gets older.” I pray that no matter what phase of life we’re in I’ll always remeber what a gift my family is.

    Thank you for your comment and for following my blog. I am obsessed with Starbucks too =) I LOVE sweetend iced coffee with cream. It’s a good thing the closest Starbucks is 40 minutes from me.

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