(Newborn images courtesy of Raye Law Photography)
As I sit here with a 4-week-old baby girl sleeping peacefully in my arms, I’m overwhelmed with gratitude and reminded of the blessing it is to be a mother (as well as the challenges of one-handed typing). Once again, my life is filled with sleepless nights, endless diaper changes and hours of nursing, cuddling and cooing. With two older brothers ages four and two in the mix, life is insane — but insanely blissful in the midst of it all. Today, I thought I’d share a collection of some of my favorite musings on motherhood, babies and family. They are perfect for when I need to smile, sigh or simply remember what life as a mama is all about.
“A mother’s children are portraits of herself.” – Anonymous
The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new. ~Rajneesh
“There is no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one” – Jill Churchill
“The purpose of life is a life of purpose.” – Robert Byrne
“Where there is great love there is always a mother nearby.” – Norma Scarlett
“A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for” – Anonymous
“A baby is God’s opinion that life should go on.” – Carl Sandburg
“Other things may change us, but we start and end with family” - Anthony Brandt
“Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” – Elizabeth Stone
“Before you were conceived I wanted you. Before you were born I loved you. Before you were here an hour I would die for you. This is the miracle of life” – Maureen Hawkins”
“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” – Robert Brault
“A rich child often sits in a poor mother’s lap.” – Proverb
“A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.” – Victor Hugo
“Don’t make a living at the expense of life. There is no such thing as a nonworking mother.” – Hester Mundis
“Nothing is worth more than this day.” – Goethe
While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.” – Angela Schwindt.
Do words inspire you as a mama? Please share your favorite quotables or thoughts.