"What it means to me to be a mom.
Being a mom is not easy for sure but it is rewarding and life changing and something I always knew I wanted to be someday. My greatest source of joy in my life comes from being a mom. I have two boys ages 9 and 12 and am recently divorced. I am a single mom but I have the pleasure of co-parenting my boys with their dad and knowing that while I unfortunately am not giving them a home with two parents that I had always envisioned for them I am giving them the best version of me and they still have a good, kind and loving dad in their life as well. Being a mom I have had to learn to adapt to the challenges and changes that I never know will present to me on any given day. Motherhood is truly a remarkable gift and privilege that I hold very close to my heart. For me, being a mother means being a positive role model, a counselor, a teacher, a disciplinarian, a friend, and a continuous cheerleader for the many milestones they experience and an example of someone who can show and teach them how to love unconditionally while learning and making memories that we all will treasure as the years pass by. Being a mom means sacrificing my time, my finances, my sleep, and sometimes my mental health all in the greater good of my children. Being a mother means providing a feeling of undeniable comfort and peace unlike no other, someone who can make all things better just by simply being there even when no words are spoken. Being a mom has challenged me, it has made me grow and change in so many ways and I have seen myself rise with self confidence and strength as different life experiences present themselves to nurture, protect and advocate on behalf of my children. I feel that it is a great responsibility of mine to provide a safe, secure, and loving home environment for my children. My faith in Jesus Christ is the center and the anchor of my life and something I firmly believe in. Being able to teach my children and give them a foundation of the gospel of Jesus Christ is of great importance to me and I have felt this become stronger as I share joint custody of my children with my ex-husband. Time is precious and my children are life's greatest blessing. Having gone through divorce and having less time with my children truly magnifies how special and significant the title of "mom" really is to me. I always felt blessed to be a mom but I try not to take it for granted now. It is a great honor and privilege to be a mother and to have the responsibility to raise and shape the life of another human being. My final thoughts that I try to live by and what being a mom means to me:
Being a mother means sacrificing, learning, listening, leading by example, laughing, loving even during the hard times, and living in the moment, all while trying to balance the numerous details of life with humor, humility and grace. I strive to be my best for my children even when life is not easy."