How we spend our time will determine how we live our lives.
Like pixels that form a picture, motherhood is made up of a million little moments. These moments are both hard and happy, significant and mundane. Some moments are captured on film, other are treasured only in our hearts. There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.
The high pitched laughter from fifteen little girls echoed from our yard this past Friday night. They came in their pajamas to celebrate Adeline and Maralee turning five.
As I watched them play, I couldn't help but notice how much these girls enjoyed being five years old. Five year old girls love makeup and jewelry and princess clothes but they also love to chase one another around the yard seeking adventure. They were old enough to be dropped off and felt quite grown up as they voiced which color cupcake they wanted for dessert. At this age, they are both growny and girly.
This season is a gift after years of toddler-hood tantrums, potty-training nightmares, and sleepless nights of infancy. On the good days, like Friday night, five years seems to have gone in the blink of an eye. I'm sure that when I blink again, they will be graduating from high school getting ready for college. Time is always in motion, years will continue to go by.
Lisa Jo Baker says that she has discovered three key things about motherhood. One, motherhood is hard. Two, motherhood is glorious. Three, motherhood is very hard. She says that all the "what to expect" books in the world can never truly prepare you for the sheer exhilaration, joy, and terrifying love that accompanies motherhood. I'd have to agree.
There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven. We will journey from one point in time to another, growing and changing, but God is present, never changing, and always on time.
This Sunday, I'll be sharing more about motherhood at Covenant United Methodist Church. If you are looking for a place to celebrate Mother's Day, I'd love for you to join us at one of our three services. You can also watch us online if you choose. In honor of Mother's Day, I'm throwing a mega-giveaway here on the blog all week long and today I'm giving away Lisa Jo Baker's book, Surprised by Motherhood.
Enter into the giveaway below!
In case you missed it, we kicked-off our Mega-Mother's Day Giveaway last Thursday with the "May the Lord Bless You" print from Hope Inc. On Thursday, we are giving away Mom's Night Out and Women Are Scary on Friday. Enter the giveaway all week long for a chance to win one of these great prizes!
Till next time, let your light shine!