Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Beauty of Mothering

Do you feel beautiful? You know, once a woman becomes a mother she sometimes loses her sense of beauty.  It's no one's fault, really. There is a lot of drudgery, and messy stuff that comes with being a mom. And face it - there isn't always time to devote to pampering yourself or giving yourself extra perks to make yourself feel beautiful! In fact, it's just enough to sometimes get dressed and out the door - am I right? 

But there IS beauty in being a mom. Do you see it? Can you feel it? 

It might take some objective looking at other moms for you to see and feel the beauty that permeates the heart of every devoted mother.

I believe a mom is beautiful when she tenderly picks up her child after they have fallen and lovingly kisses their scrapes.  A mother is beautiful when she wipes her child's messy mouth, or laughs at their little antics. Do you feel beautiful when you laugh? You should, you know! For laughter makes a woman's face glow.

I think mothers are beautiful every time they caress their child's face, or hair. You can just see the love radiate from their heart. And mothers leave a trail of beauty everywhere they go. You can see beauty in a homemade meal, in lovingly folded laundry, or  in the clean streaks left on a window or mirror. Every time I smell cinnamon, fresh bread, home baked cookies, salsa, or any other kitchen scent - I know that a mom has done something she probably felt was mundane - but something that came across as beautiful to her family.

Are you JUST a mom? Not even! There is no beauty that can compare to that of a mother. Not even when you've been up half the night with a sick child, or when your clothes are wrinkled from wrestling, cuddling, cleaning, or playing with your kids. If you love your children, if you enjoy your children, and do what you can to nourish, nurture, bless, and guide them --- you encompass beauty in everything you do and in everything you are.

Don't apologize for being a mother. Don't feel "less" than someone else because you are "just" a mom. If you look for the beauty - you will surely find it... because it's everywhere and in everything you do.

*This post originally appeared on in Dec. 2006.

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