The "BE" of motherhood.........

My journey as a mom has gone from working mom, to stay at home homeschooling mom, to working mom. 6 years into wedded bliss my husband ...


My journey as a mom has gone from working mom, to stay at home homeschooling mom, to working mom.
6 years into wedded bliss my husband and I conceived.
She was a much anticipated child because we had been trying for 4 years to conceive.
 I was working as a teacher in a local private school, a job I loved. Teaching high school students Bible, current events, history and even developing my own curriculum. I love, love, loved.......my job. It gave me meaning and purpose. When our daughter was born we decided that I would continue to work part time because the school allowed me to bring her on campus while I taught class. It was relatively easy because I had her on a routine with eating times, nap times and I would fit it around the 4 hours that I was teaching.

Bethany our oldest was born in July 1996 and our second was on her way to be born in September 1998. Although I loved my job I felt the weight and responsibility of motherhood encroaching on me. I loved my students....but I knew that the weight of being a mother was greater. So my husband and I mutually decided that I would stop working.
We prepared financially, paying off bills and put ourselves on a strict budget. Drove used paid off cars. I got creative with meals and pared my food bill down as much as I could. Joined a gleaning program that I took part in once a week to save on food costs.
We bought clothes second hand from thrift stores and rarely went out.
 And oh.....I can tell you I did NOT want to give up my love of teaching. I traded teaching other people's children for teaching my own. The interesting phenomenon in this is that other people's children like to have you as their teacher..........our children................... sometimes not so much.
Yet, I obeyed the Holy Spirit to stay at home...........

For this...............
 Trips to the Children's Museum

 And this............

 Lady bugs

And this.................


My Little Pony

And this..................


Dance Recitals

I stayed home for 7 years with my littles. Homeschooling my oldest until 4th grade and saw my youngest off to school in the first grade. Once my youngest was in school full time. Our financial needs grew and the job market beckoned me again.......
This time I went back to work out of necessity. My husband and I had several conversations about work. What I would do after being "off the market" for so long. Yet again, obeying the Holy Spirit's prompting and being open to what He would want me to do God was good to me and I found a part time job teaching parenting classes in the evening for a non profit. I very much enjoyed my work and found purpose and meaning in it.As time went on, my work load increased and a part time job became a full time job and some of my mom duties went by the wayside........

I became a mom who bought cookies for Valentine's Day

A mom who,
-let the laundry pile up in the multiple laundry baskets for more than a week

-bought frozen pizza on sale cause it made an easy dinner

-forgot to ask kids about their homework each night

-hid in her room sometimes in the evening while everyone else was downstairs just to have a few moments of quiet by herself

-didn't care about the dust that was on the blinds and would rather watch a musical with the kids

-put off going to get a haircut or eyebrows waxed because the money could be better spent
on braces, or birthday presents or any other numerous things that seem to be more important


I am sure.......... many a mom can relate. 



As a mom we can look at all the blogs with beautiful photos, and touching stories about how people define motherhood. What it means to be a mom. How it should look and who we should be.
I have found that the "do" of motherhood will be ever changing, flexible
but the "be" of motherhood stays the same.

BE a mom who listens...........to my child, and to the Holy Spirit
BE a mom of humility.........seeking God's wisdom and knowing I will never have all the answers
 BE a mom of faith....................my life is the greatest witness my children will see
BE a mom of love.............................to God, and others

LOVE is patient
LOVE is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast
LOVE is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered
LOVE keeps no record of wrongs
LOVE does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth
LOVE always protects, always trusts, always perseveres
LOVE never fails

Focusing on the "BE" of motherhood brings strength.

 Proverbs 31


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