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The Not-So-Little Joys



I love my job, and I know I’m not the only one. I am inspired by women all over who shoulder the mantel of motherhood. Sometimes, it’s a grind, but a glorious grind to grand peaks, despite the valleys. It can be easy to fall into the trap of failing to appreciate the honor of raising this rising generation. It’s challenging, no doubt. Being a mom is sometimes repetitive, emotionally draining, physically exhausting, and unpredictable. But despite the hard things, it is a precious privilege and the greatest calling to EVER engage our time and talents.



I found myself nodding my head in agreement as I read an article from Parents Magazine online 22 Women Share the Real Joys of Being a Mom. While I can’t share all of the entries here, I honor these women for recognizing and finding Joy in their work. Here are a few excerpts:


“ . . . Parenthood is the single most important role any human will ever play in the life of another. There is nothing more fulfilling than knowing that by simply living lives that are intentional and authentic, my husband and I are, in many ways, teaching our children valuable lessons in love, empowerment, compassion, and humanity."

—TQ Evans, Richmond, Virginia;


"The pure joy of just watching them be kids and re-living all those first moments when they have discovered how to do things on their own!"

—Sarah Ganjon, Maryland


"I love being a mom, even with all of its trials and lessons. The ability to help shape a young mind and allow her to blossom as she is ready is miraculous. As an African-American mom, I also have the privilege of teaching my daughter self-love and self-respect at an early age. . . .”

—Kelley, Washington, D.C.;


“My favorite thing about being a mom is the cute and funny things kids think about. Like when my older son thought the moon was Mars for some reason. Or, when my 6-year-old said he wants to buy a 'goat truck' after seeing his cousin's Dodge Ram. It's like my personal comedy show every day!"

—Elena Ledoux, Las Vegas;


"There are so many reasons why I love being a mama, but I especially love the look in their eyes when they discover something new or figure something out that they've been trying to understand for a long time. I love seeing little pieces of myself in them: my propensity to start singing made-up songs randomly, or the way they laugh. I love that I get the privilege of shaping the minds of three beautiful children and providing a wonderful example for them."

—Monicha Wimbley, Tampa, Florida;


"I love being a mom because of the hugs, the giggles, and the grins. When my kids are happy, so am I. They amaze me every day with their new words and discoveries. They have taught me to be more patient, more loving, and much more appreciative of every moment we have together as a family."

—Sara Sleyster, Iowa


All of this enthusiasm for this amazing job of "Mom" is encouraging

and exciting! What brings me joy is watching my four teens grow,

(and feeding them good food so they can keep growing!) There is exponential change right now. It's fun to see them walk the dog and jump and run. Their minds are developing so fast. I love to listen in as they exchange ideas or try to work out a thought with each other. We find joy in family movies. I enjoy hearing them laugh together upstairs when one of them is reading a book to the other 3, or they are sharing a silly meme. I hate that there is anguish, but I love that each of them come to us quietly and ask, "can I talk to you about something?" - - and we end those conversations with tears and hugs and sometimes even prayers. I find joy in knowing God has allowed me to be part of this incredible event as they turn into grown ups. Time is slipping away. I won't have them close by for much longer. Every second is precious. Painful. Wonderful.


I want my kids to know how much joy there has always been in raising them. Hang in there, hard-working mommies, and remember:


“Enjoy the little things. For one day, you may look back and realize they were the big things.” - Robert Brault






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