Once a mom, always a mom. We may enter motherhood through different avenues, but whether we cradle our bundles of joy the first moment of their lives or hold them tightly to us later, our love only deepens from the day we first meet.
I’ve been a mom for over twenty-four years. I’ll be a mom the rest of my life. It doesn’t matter how many birthdays my kids have, how far away they move, or how accomplished they become at taking care of themselves; they’re still the babies of my heart.
As newcomers to motherhood, we might have heard it was a full-time, forever job. But did any of us really understand what 24/7 for a lifetime looked like? I didn’t. Yet, even if motherhood had come with a warning label, the day-to-day wouldn’t have sunken in until I tried to live it out. The reality is a lot less go-the-distance and a lot more treading-water-trying-not-to-drown.
Remembering the following ten things helps me stay afloat: