Thirty years ago today, at 11:08 pm CDT, I became a mom.
That single day changed my life in so many ways.
Someone once told me that they felt sorry for the oldest child in a family. Being the first child in a family kinda means that you are the “trial child”, the child on whom each parent learns what it means to be a parent. Having no manual or rule book, we have to learn as we go. However, while my oldest may have taught me the most, I feel that I have learned from each of my boys.
Over the past thirty years, I have learned patience, perseverance, negotiation, and many other life skills. These skills have helped me in all aspects of my life.
Being the mom of four boys, I quickly learned that planning is very important to be able to accomplish everything that needs to be done in a day, all the while understanding that my plans may change at a moments notice. This gave me the incentive to learn to be organized but adaptable – something that has been necessary over these past couple of months.
Being the mom of four boys, I quickly learned how much energy they can have. This gave me the incentive to enroll them in sports and other activities and to help them to enjoy these endeavors.
Being the mom of four boys, I quickly learned that having them play outdoors helped to keep the house cleaner and the boys to sleep better. This gave me the desire to learn more about plants so that I could be gardening while supervising their outdoor activities.
Being the mom of four boys, I quickly learned how to build forts. This gave me confidence to build other things, like trellises and gazebos, and to tackle home remodeling projects.
Being the mom of four boys, I quickly learned how much they could eat, and how expensive feeding them would be. This gave me the desire to learn to bake, to cook, and to make my own preserves.
Being the mom of four boys, I quickly learned how busy life can be. This gave me the encouragement to daily find time for myself, something that is still important in my life.
Being the mom of four boys, I quickly learned that I could not do things alone. This has given me an appreciation for my husband and gratitude for his love.
Being the mom of four boys, I quickly realized that every life at every age is precious. This has given me a gratitude for the grace shown to us by our heavenly father each and every day.
Some days it feels like it was just yesterday that my oldest was a newborn baby. Other days, it feels like it was so very long ago. There are many ups and downs being a mom. But, I would not change it for anything. Happy Birthday, Tim! I love you.