SOME THOUGHTS ON MOTHERHOOD

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Little W is 7 months old. Time is slipping through my hands like sand. He has started trying to crawl and aside from it being hilarious it practically breaks my heart to watch each milestone come. 

We’ve had a busy summer and it’s involved a lot of firsts for him. Camping trips, beach trips, hiking, swimming, reunions and more. 

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Being his mom has brought so much joy into my life. I have never done anything harder or more fulfilling in my life. I am amazed everyday as I learn to love him more and more. 

Mr M and I used to say that if we could have a kid with a little personality we would be set. Let me tell you that his personality has blossomed. Although we may be a little biased, nothing has made me laugh harder than the parenting adventures this last year has brought. 

“May each of us treasure this truth; one cannot forget mother and remember God. One cannot remember mother and forget God. Why? Because these two sacred persons, God and [our earthly] mother, partners in creation, in love, in sacrifice, in service, are as one.”Thomas S. Monson, “Behold Thy Mother,” Ensign, Jan. 1974, 32.

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This weekend we went to a family reunion on my husband’s side of the family. His grandparents have 8 children, 50 grandchildren, and many many great grands. Being surrounded in family reminded me that family is what is most important in life. It is everything I want out of life. 

Success comes and goes, work changes, and even the hard times don’t linger around forever. Family is the constant in life. It is what we should build our lives around. It is the source of happiness, not a side job, not a weekend only deal. 

“[Growing] up in this culture, it is very hard to get a biblical perspective on motherhood. … Children rank way below college. Below world travel for sure. Below the ability to go out at night at your leisure. Below honing your body at the gym. Below any job you may have or hope to get.” “Motherhood is not a hobby, it is a calling. You do not collect children because you find them cuter than stamps. It is not something to do if you can squeeze the time in. It is what God gave you time for.”Rachel Jankovic, Desiring God

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And so today I feel incredibly grateful. Incredibly blessed to be holding these cute little toes while he sleeps. Blessed to laugh while we blow raspberries at each other. Blessed to lay on the grass and watch him pick up leaves. 

It is in spending time with him that my life slows down. It is in holding him and getting up in the night that I see the hand of God in my life, the partnership I entered into with him. It is in getting nothing done today, that I get everything that is important done. 

Now I’m going to go squeeze that cute little boy and hold him a bit longer before he grows up. I promise to post more soon!

Larisa

Larisa

Here’s a little about me: I usually don’t buy things that I could make. I like to read and learn. I have dreams of being a mom, living in foreign countries, and trying new things. I take a ton of pictures. I collect rocks from the places I’ve been. I’m trying to learn French. I like to eat. I’m a Mormon.

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