P52: Mothers

I know Mother's Day was officially last week, but you know what's awesome?  Every day I get to be a mother.  It's such an honor and a privilege! Ever since I was a little girl I dreamed of being a mom.  And although I never dreamed my journey through motherhood would be so difficult, I feel SO incredibly blessed. 

 As most of you know, our first child was born with complex heart defects and lives with basically half of a heart. Just 20 months later our second child was born premature at 28 weeks, weighing only 1lb. 15oz.  Mothering is always a big task, but when your kids have special needs it is even more challenging!  

{Levi, Lydia and Caleb}

Then four years later, after being told by many doctors that I should never ever have more children, along came baby #3!  At five weeks I started bleeding and I was told I was having a miscarriage.  We asked the doctor to wait a few days before doing a D&C and when they rechecked there was a tiny, healthy baby with a heartbeat on the screen!  Wow! 

 This past November little Lucy-Loo joined our family. (I'm so glad that doctors don't know everything!)  I shudder to think what life would be like if we had listened to those doctors instead of trusting that God may have different plans for our family.  I don't even want to imagine life without Levi and Lucy!

This Mothering thing is a big job, is it not?  It humbles me every. single. day.  Little people watching and learning from my every move.  Some days I wish I could just wave a magic wand and erase their memory of when I lost my temper or reacted unkindly.  And can I just pass out blind folds so they don't see my every facial expression?  

Lately I've been a little overwhelmed by the thought of, "Wow, these little girlies may be mommies one day!"  What's even more sobering is when I think, "Would I want them to mother their children just like I mother them?" {gulp} 

My kids need me to trust God every day.  These little people are depending on me to draw my strength from the Lord so I'm the right kind of mommy. Without Him I can't be loving, joyful, longsuffering, gentle, kind....basically anything I need to be!  

Isn't it amazing how God uses our children to teach us so much?

I'm so thankful that God, even though He knows all my failures and inadequacies, has allowed me to mother these precious little people!  Being a mommy is truly the best job EVER. =)

Linking up to Project 52.  Last week's project : Still Life on a Road Trip

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  1. Beautiful pictures, beautiful post!

    I remember praying for both of your babies when you all faced such great trials with each of them; how is Lydia doing these days? Praise the Lord that HE is in control!
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. These are my grandkids. Makes me so proud. Laine, thanks for being one of the 3 best mothers ever. Love you!

  3. What a great little post! Through all the challenges you have gone through, you have such a positive spirit. Your children are very lucky to have the love you seem to surround them with. I cannot wait to embark on the wonder journey that is motherhood myself one day. :)

    - Jessica V.

  4. Wow. That's just all I can say... wow. I haven't been following your blog for very long, so I didn't know your childrens' stories. God is so good, isn't He?

    And, oh, isn't it so true that they watch our every move?! And I too wish I could sometimes erase from their memories from those times when Mommy gets overwhelmed. :-) I guess we all feel that way from time to time! I'm just working on making sure that their good memories FAR outweigh those little moments of Mommy's inadequacies... LOL!

  5. Hi! I'm Judy Cole, and I found your blog through the post about the curly hair. Anyways, I LOVED this post!!!!!! I'm from a family of 10, so I think it's really neat that you have a bigger family! :) I LOVE your blog too by the way! Totally cute! :D

  6. This was beautiful! I thank God everyday for my children.

  7. Oh! That last picture so genuinely captures Lydia's love for her baby sister! I totally understand that "mmmm....I could just squeeeeeeeeze you" feeling!!!

  8. Oh, it IS a great job, isn't it? "Hardest job you'll ever love"--for sure! Bless you as you raise these precious children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. :)


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