Maria Lactans

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Motherhood: Nothing Else Compares

Today my family and I visited the Sanctuario de Chimayo.  It is a Catholic pilgrimage site, and many healings occurred over the years as the result of prayers and visits to there.  By going back to the shrine again, I hoped to grow closer to Jesus.

Sanctuario de Chimayo is one of the few places with a chapel dedicated exclusively to children. They actually have two.  As we walked into the first one, I immediately had a thought, "focus more on motherhood."  Tears welled up in my eyes.

Right now I have a few out of the home activities going on, but I do feel fairly well balanced between my family and everything else. However, I often catch myself dreaming mostly about things other than motherhood.  My oldest is in college and my next two boys are teens.  Yet I also have two younger ones ages 6 and 9, so the day when all my kids are grown is 12 years away.  Yet having a college aged son (gasp!) makes me feel like I am moving onto the next phase of my life so I need to remember I still have little ones at home.  My out of the home activities appear more exciting than doing laundry or playing another round of Candyland with my daughter.  I am sure I felt the same while nursing my children for almost 16 years, too.  Guess what?  I miss those days! When I refocus on all the wonder and innocence of ages 6 and 9, I really enjoy it!  I love seeing a picture of Clifford the Big Red Dog at the library or watching a silly movie with my kids about cats kidnapping a dog!  I also like the fact that I get to help my almost 16 year old son with his Geometry and have a more adult conversation with him.

Being a mom is tough, and many moms need downtime for music, art, reading, social groups, or any of the myriad of possibilities.  I know I do.  However, I realized today that I, personally, need to keep in the forefront of my mind how sacred and important motherhood is.  The other activities I do are important, of course, but motherhood is in its own special category.  Really, nothing else compares.

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