Motherhood is important to me, too!

Five Minute Friday

I just found this really fun blog hop called Five Minute Friday at  Home Grown Families. Since writing is my thing, I thought I would give it a try. I normally write fiction so real-life honesty can be a bit scary.

Here goes my 5 minutes….or less…

When I was reading Melissa’s post and I saw her picture with her baby, my heart was touched. Then when I read, “Another year has gone by, and again I find myself wondering where the time went. I feel like I really cherish each moment with them, but when I look back over the year it seems like it all went by soo fast.” The tears started to roll down my cheeks. My oldest two kids are in college now. They were just home for Christmas and we had an amazing time together. The picture in this post was taken at the Anchorage Airport when my daughter was leaving to go back to college

1 year old Sierra & I in Russia


…I remember sitting in a motel room in Chicago last November while I was on tour. It was late afternoon and I was preparing to speak in front of 800 kids at a high school the next day. I admit I was a little scared.( I have taken a huge step into a new world that no longer involves diapers, running kids everyday back and forth to activities and doing mounds of dishes.) As I sat by myself working on my laptop in a motel room far away from my children, my daughter sent me a very short, but profound email. All it said was she was thinking about me and came across this YouTube video by Carrie Underwood.entitled, Don’t Forget to Remember Me  I hadn’t heard the song so I stopped what I was doing and viewed it. The tears started flowing and I just wanted to take her in my arms and tell her there was no way I could ever forget her. She is engraved in my soul. Memories of her at every stage of her life will always live inside of me. It was then, at that moment, that I realized that no matter where I go or what I do. The job description may have changed, but motherhood will always be with me and for that I will always be eternally grateful. I want to salute all of the mothers out there who give their time daily doing the menial chores that bring no acknowledgement or reward except through the loving eyes and gentle hearts of the little ones they serve. I testify its all worth it! I devoted 22+ years of my life to raising 6 children and there are days when I am still heavily in the trenches and I would not change any of it for the world!  Enough honesty….I am starting to sound like a sap…..I am sure my five minutes a way…up!!!!!!!