It is exhausting. It is trying. It is sacrificial. It is relentless.
It is something most of us have prayed to become, one way or another. It is also something most of us must pray to get *through* once our request becomes our reality.
Recently my husband had to go on an extended business trip for several weeks. Yes, SEVERAL.
You guys, why is it that when the husband is gone EVERYTHING goes wrong?! Every. Single. Time.
From a super-intense group illness that allowed just *8 hours* of sleep over 3-days, to toilet troubles, an ant invasion and a surprise all-day power outage (just after a Costco-trip, might I add)… it seemed like nothing was going right and I was the only one who could “handle” any of it, because I. Am. MOM.
But guess what?
I didn’t do it alone.
Some mom-friends caught wind of the husband’s absence and dropped off dinners.
Another friend left a bouquet of flowers “just because”.
Others prayed for strength and healing.
Yet another brought my favorite coffee.
Ladies. Friends? We need each other!
Before we become “Momma” we are bombarded with instruction on how to do things right. There are different schools of thought that tend to cause more division between women than unity. But it is WHEN we become “Momma” that we need each other most.
Motherhood at its core is the same no matter your race, your religion, your political views or whether or not you compost your waste.
Why? Because each and every one of us has one ultimate goal:
To love our children well.
We all want what is best for our kids, in mind, body and spirit. We all want them to be kind, hard-working, generous, strong… and we will do what it takes to ensure their ultimate happiness, be it hard or easy.
The methods we use to love our children may look different, but the goal is the same. It’s for that reason we can all relate to one another.
These Sisters are everywhere:
She shows up with wipes to help clean the wound when your kid falls and scrapes his knee.
She gives a knowing nod and gently whispers, “I’ve been there too. You’re doing great. Keep up the good work!” when your daughter melts down in the grocery store.
When you’re on a walk with your teenage son, you might spot her doing the same. You ‘air-five’ each other behind your boys’ backs.
Why? Because WE ‘GET’ EACH OTHER. We ALL have the privilege of knowing what these little humans do to our hearts like no one else on the planet ever can, and that is a tie that binds us tightly.
So how about the next time you’re out and about, you look for that Sister that needs a little encouragement in her mothering journey? Let her know you see her and that you’ve got her back.
After all, we’re in this together. 😉
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