Motherhood is beautiful and hard, exciting and exhausting, what I prayed for yet nothing at all like I ever expected it would be. Motherhood is so many things all wrapped up into one big imperfect package. It has become a huge part of who I am. My 42-year-old self: one part mother, one part wife, one part everything else.'Motherhood is beautiful and hard, exciting & exhausting, what I prayed for yet nothing at all like I ever expected it would be. Motherhood is so many things all wrapped up into one big imperfect package. It has become a huge part of who I am...'Click To Tweet
I love the part of me that takes up space in motherhood. Even through the tears and uncertainties, it’s where I feel most at home. It is my safe space. My tribe takes up residence there.
I could tell you about a thousand things that I love about my motherhood journey and a thousand more that I don’t, but regardless of the fine print, motherhood will always be my favorite love story of all. Aside from that with my husband, of course.
10 Things I Love About Motherhood
- Snuggling – I love little people snuggles. My older boys are now mostly past the snuggling stage, but some of my fondest memories with them has been during our times of snuggling.
- Daily Connection – I love the feeling of connection – connection between my children and myself but also witnessing the connection they have with one another and with their dad. Our family connection runs deep right now and is a beautiful thing to experience and see. I hope we continue to stay connected as the years take on new shape and our lives begin to shift.
- Watching Them Learn & Grow – I love watching them learn and grow and evolve into the people they are meant to be. They are like little sponges, soaking up everything around them. I love to witness how learning has impacted their young lives. And how growth has shaped them into these pretty awesome people if I do say so myself.
- Finding Joy In The Simple Things – Motherhood has taught me how to find joy in the simple things. Like when they are riding bikes together or chatting with one another or when we are playing out back throwing a football or raking leaves. There is joy hidden away in the nooks and crannies of all the little spaces of our days. Joy in a walk around the park on a beautiful 70-degree day or the way the wind blows the trees just so. Motherhood made me slow down and soak in all that is around me – sounds, smells, colors, and shapes. The joy that comes from such an eye-opening experience is astounding.
- Undeniable Daily Cuteness – Where there are little people, there is bound to be daily cuteness taking shape in one way or another. My six-year-old often has me completely consumed by his hilarity and his adorable smile. I honestly can’t get enough.
- Seeing The Wonder In Their Eyes – I remember when they were itty bitties. They would often see and experience things for the very first time on a daily basis. But, the truth is that wonder didn’t stop there. I still see it from time to time. Like when we visit somewhere with breathtaking views or when we take them to the ice cream shop, and there are 52 flavors to choose from – all resulting in looks of wonder and astonishment. Even with my 13-year-old, I’m taken aback when I see that look come over his face. It gives me all the feels, and I am reminded of why I love this motherhood journey so.
- I Love You’s – We are an “I Love You” family. The words come out often but not without recognization for what those words truly mean. I hear I love you ALOT, from all three of my boys. Even my 13-year-old offers up the phrase on the daily – to me and his dad.
- The Way It Changed Me – Motherhood has, no doubt, changed me. There have been moments in my journey when I felt like that change left me feeling uncertain about who I was or where my life was headed. But even with muddled clarity, I also see the change in me that I love. I am softer, sweeter, more forgiving, less judgmental, and I offer up grace more than ever before. I see my own imperfections and embrace them while also embracing the imperfections of those around me. My perspective has shifted. I see from a different lens than before. My eyes are wide open for the very first time, and I absolutely accredit that to my journey through motherhood.
- Laughter – My kids make me laugh as no one else can. Silly faces, questionable conversations, dancing like no one is watching; it all makes up a part of our everyday lives. And y’all I laugh. Daily laughter fills our home, and in so many ways, I know motherhood is the culprit of its timely presence.
- Commitment – We belong together and to one another. I feel it way down deep in my bones. Motherhood gave me this sense of belonging like I hadn’t felt in years, aside from that with my parents and siblings. But they are each building families of their own and creating their own new committed belonging. It has felt good to build that for myself, as well.
So there you go. These are only 10 things I love about motherhood. I could write so many more. Motherhood is, by far, my favorite story of all the stories I’ve experienced so far.
How about you? What do you love about your journey through motherhood? I’d love to hear about your experiences.
Holly is a 42 year old wife and mom to 3 boys, from Nashville, Tennessee. She is a hot tea lover, book reader, journal keeper, Pinterest pinner, podcast listener, y’all sayer, self-taught graphic designer, hobbyist photographer, writer and dreamer of all things big and small. You can find all of her ramblings here at Blu Nest Bloom.