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Friday, April 10, 2015

Finding Relief in Mothering


Today’s word is relief. Nothing profound really came to mind when I heard this word, but I challenged myself to write anyway. Stretching oneself is good for the soul, or so they say....

Easter Sunday!
Such a treat to be together as a family


The main thing that comes to me is the relief I feel when I know that my loved ones are safe. I regularly check in with my kids through Facebook when I’m in Zambia, and now while in the States I can keep up with them through phone calls and texting.

My brother in law and his wife just buried their oldest daughter this past weekend after she passed away in a tragic accident. While there is some relief that she is now completely safe and far beyond hurt and pain, there is awful longing and grief for her loss.

Balloons released for my niece, Lisa 

I know our days are in His hands and there is absolutely nothing I can do to keep my kids from harm’s way—especially now that they are grown and making their own decisions.

Someone said (I can’t remember who) that being a mother means having a piece of your heart out in the world. I’m badly paraphrasing that eloquent saying, but it’s true just the same.


Relief also comes when my kids each begin to find their place in the world. When they find their calling and passion and reach their goals. Mothering is fulfilled in those moments.

And that's a wrap. Five minutes is not long at all.......


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2 comments:

  1. No, 5 minutes isn't long at all. I'm sorry for your loss.
    Hugs,
    Melinda
    (visiting from FMF)

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  2. I know what you mean. Sometimes I feel that relief when my chicks are all gathered in bed at night, asleep. I used to go from room to room just touching a little hand or foot.

    Also, gorgeous picture of all of you! I think some highlights are:
    Jessica's beautiful blazer
    Tall guy - Tim? - on the left
    Jennifer's oh-so-cool glasses
    All the blue
    HAIR!!!
    You've a lovely family. Hugs to all.

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