[image credit: Annie Henrie, “Angels Round About Thee”]
“Do the best you can through these years, but whatever else you do, cherish that role that is so uniquely yours and for which heaven itself sends angels to watch over you and your little ones. …
“Yours is the work of salvation, and therefore you will be magnified, compensated, made more than you are and better than you have ever been as you try to make honest effort, however feeble you may sometimes feel that to be.” –Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, “Because She Is a Mother”
I already know I’m repeating myself a lot this week, but it’s a message worth repeating. A few days ago, I made this little graphic to try to get moms to look at Mother’s Day a little differently.
Then today, I have a piece up over at LDS Living that highlights some of the reasons why moms should give themselves permission to be celebrated. It’s called “Hey, Moms: George Washington Wasn’t Perfect Either.” Go check it out and then pat yourself on the back for a minute.
LDS Living is also offering a free e-book for moms that you can download right here.
So do me (and yourself) a favor, and tell me in the comments one thing you do well as a mom, or one good thing you think your children will remember about you. (If it’s really that hard, just ask them. You might be surprised.) I’ll celebrate that with you this Mother’s Day.
In a homespun version of “Mythbusters,” I have determined that if you go for long stretches of time averaging approximately 4 hours of sleep per night, the result is: brain damage.
I have missed my children’s baseball games, soccer games, gymnastics (all regularly scheduled activities, mind you) while simply languishing in my home or about my business under the influence of said brain damage. Oh, and everything everyone does bugs me. I also blame this on brain damage. I’m working through it.
I’m still in the running to win a cruise at Deseret Book’s “Pretty Darn Funny” Contest. And by “in the running,” I mean if you go vote for me and push me back into first place, I might actually win. Voting continues every day until May 31st. Don’t you think a cruise would cure brain damage? I sure do.
Vote at this link by simply clicking on the orange “thumbs up” icon under my video. Vote now and vote daily:
“Don’t Tell the Health Department”: Stephanie’s hilarious story about mothering a small boy.
Also, mother’s day is coming. I’ve heard rumors that some people hate mother’s day because they feel guilty for not being a perfect mother. I would like to allay your fears by stating the following:
Mother’s Day is no more for celebrating perfect mothers than going to church is for celebrating perfect people. We’re all trying, and we should celebrate that we’re surviving so far.
Brain damaged or not.
Did you get your conference Ensign in the mail? Yay. Now you can curl up on the couch and read the talks with the Ensign in hand, not to mention the joy of marking them up. This week we will study President Uctdorf’s talk. I loved the message of moving forward with faith and not getting hung up on doubt or hesitation. I’m interested to hear your thoughts on this one.
“Waiting on the Road to Damascus” by President Dieter F. Uctdorf
What stood out to you as you read? In what ways do you think he’s asking us to apply this message? Share your thoughts and conversation in the comment thread below. If you’re new to GCBC, check out the club here.
Happy Mother’s Day! It’s a day to be honored for doing honorable work. One breakfast in bed or homemade card is not enough to thank mothers for all the work they do day in and day out, but it’s a lovely gesture that helps us know our work doesn’t go unnoticed. So while the talks at church (and this talk here) gush about all the great things that women and mothers do, suppress the urge to feel guilty about what you wish you did better (No, really. Stop it.), and celebrate all the amazing things you do. Celebrate your remarkable role as a woman and mother in the kingdom of God. You really are incredible.
“LDS Women Are Incredible!” by Elder Quentin L. Cook
Share your thoughts in the comments below. If you’re new to GCBC, check out the club here.
You think I’m a little early, but I know what I’m doing. I’d like to share a little strategy with you. Every year for Mother’s Day, I buy myself a plane ticket and a ticket to Women’s Conference at BYU. It’s two days of refueling, encouragement, escape, and girl power. I just say, “For Mother’s Day, I want to go to Women’s Conference.” And Matt, relieved that he doesn’t have to think of or buy any gift on his own, heartily consents. (Plus I come back a better person.)
So, this is an invitation. Come join the fun. Let me know if you’ll be there and maybe we can coordinate our own bloggy-friends luncheon or dinner. Click on the banner for more information.
And Happy Mother’s Day.