Have you ever heard that expression about motherhood,”The days are long, but the years fly by”?
Those words could not be truer.
Today is my first son’s 13th birthday. I can’t believe it. He is growing into a wonderful young man. All of my kids are such a tremendous blessing to me. I can’t believe how much they have each grown and I am so grateful for each day that we have together.
When my first 4 kids were all 5 years old and under, older moms would often say to me, “Enjoy these days…it flies by so fast.” Back then, my life was so hectic and exhausting. I was very insecure and there were many days that motherhood brought me to tears and I was not a happy mother. I would literally cry sometimes, “Why doesn’t time fly by faster? It doesn’t feel fast at all!” I felt like each day I was barely surviving.
But then suddenly, my first 4 children were all over the age of 5 and my life changed! They were independent, could help around the house, stopped throwing temper tantrums, etc.
Now my son is a teenager, and I finally realize how true and real those words were of those older, wiser moms. I regret that I was not more thankful in those early years. I regret that many days my kids had to live with an impatient, grumpy mom. I am thankful that God has taught me to be more thankful, more patient, more loving. Today, I can honestly say that I love being a mom.
Happy Birthday to my first born! Thank you for being patient with me as I learned to be a mom!