For the first two weeks after I delivered Major, I rested as much as possible and took every last drop of help I could before I started back to real life last week.  Monday rolled around and as Brady got ready for work, I felt this sense of longing to get back to my work as a mother.  The laundry, the dishes, the preparing meals, the running errands.  The little tasks that I always appreciate so much more when I’ve stepped away from them for too long.

Last week I experienced my new life as a mother of four.  It has been tiring sometimes, and chaotic sometimes, but mostly it has flowed along like it’s the most natural thing this family has done.  I think this week more than ever, I have realized how much I’ve grown as a mother and wife, and really as a woman.  This week I have been able to manage a house full of my own children – something that seemed impossible to achieve as a new mom.

I keep saying that these babies have made all my dreams come true, and I mean it.  My whole entire life, I wanted nothing more than to be a mom of a healthy brood of children.  Everything I’ve learned, and worked through, and struggled with, and achieved has been for this.  My life as a mom of a full family of 6.  It’s everything I ever wanted and so so so much more.

Society doesn’t glamorize this life by any stretch of the imagination, and there have been plenty of times I have been made to feel less-than for the sacrifices I have made to be a mama to this crew, but I’ll tell you there is nothing in the world I’d rather be.  This life is such a good life.  This work is the most important work in the world.  Wrapping my first week up with Mother’s Day was the perfect ending.

“No love in mortality comes closer to approximating the pure love of Jesus Christ than the selfless love a devoted mother has for her child.”

-Jeffrey R. Holland
Behold Thy Mother

I sure hope my babies always know how much I enjoy being their mama. ♥