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Aug
26

The Roller Coaster of Motherhood

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I just couldn’t shake the nagging nausea. I hoped it wasn’t the flu that was going around. The surprise I felt when a fellow teacher suggested I might be pregnant led me to a pregnancy test which brought even more surprise – and delight! The mixture of nagging nausea and surprise and joy should have tipped me off to what was ahead. However I was much too young and inexperienced at life in general to understand that the journey into motherhood would forever change everything about me.

Now some 30+ years later, my four children continue to stretch me and delight me and scare me and change me.

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Oct
15

Happy Birthday, Mom. I Love and Miss You!

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A mother is a person who seeing there are only 4 pieces of pie for 5 people promptly announces she never did care for pie (Tenneva Jordan). I smile when I read that quote for it reminds me of my mother.  Today she would have been 89 years old.

I lost her last January and yet perhaps I am more aware of her presence than ever before.

I find that she is with me every day in my thoughts and in my actions. Particularly in the kitchen.

Momma was a good cook. A really good cook. From breakfast to dessert, she could cook it and cook it well.

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Categories : Birthdays, grief, Motherhood
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Jun
13

Stories from Around Mom’s Table

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Life is replete with beginnings and endings. Chapters begin and chapters close. And for me, beginnings and endings were marked and chapters were written as I sat around my mother’s dining room table.

Mornings often began around that table in my family.

When I awakened on weekday mornings, my parents were sitting at that table drinking coffee and looking out the sliding glass door onto the pasture land, watching the cattle graze. I used to wonder why they wasted all that time, getting up so much earlier than they had to.  My older, wiser perspective now understands the time spent awakening and talking and allowing coffee and conversation to do their rousing work.

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Categories : Change, family, grief, Motherhood
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May
10

I Love Being a Mom

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I love being a mom. I absolutely love being a mom. Nothing has brought me more joy.  Nothing has shaped my life more.

From the first moment of learning I was pregnant with my firstborn until now, being a mom has touched the deepest places of my heart. It has exposed my most vulnerable weaknesses and given a venue for my greatest strengths to shine. Motherhood has been a constant journey of becoming.

I’ve experienced the fruit of my journey in the lives of my kids. At times, I’ve seen how my devotion and love have shaped my kids in positive ways. At other moments, I’ve come face to face with how my imperfections, lack of knowledge, and unhealed places have negatively impacted my kids.

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