Fashion Flashback-Looking back to Move Forward.
As you can tell, my daughter and I are very close. When I was pregnant with her, I didn't know she was a girl. Ruben and I waited until the morning she was born to find out. We were thankful to have a boy or girl, but when the doctor said, "she's a girl!", I was joyfully ecstatic! I couldn't wait to leave the hospital and go shopping for pink girly everything! Hadara Rose is our little blessing and my life has never been the same since the first time I looked at her precious beautiful face. The funny thing about mommy-hood is that you never know what you're missing until your little baby is born. Then your life is changed. Forever. How can a mother's heart have that much love to give and pour out? To be selfless and protecting. Nurturing and forgiving. A love that the Bible even compares to the Father's love for His children. He loves us like a mother loves her newborn child.
Today's Fashion Friday is not a typical post, but a Fashion and Flashback Friday combined. It's fun to look back and see how far you've come. As a mommy, it's hard to believe that my precious little baby girl that was five years old in these photos, is now nearing ten. How could it be that I've been homeschooling her for five years? How could it be that for five years I've been holding play dates, tea parties, and dress-up afternoons? The list can go on, but yes, the years do go on. I remember at that age, Hadara loved to wear flip flops with everything. That week, she had her first pedicure so she wanted to show it off. She also loved to pick her own creative outfits at that age and completely wore the opposite of what I would suggest. Can you say, "Miss Independent"?
And then there is Mom. How have I changed? I can say through the grace of God, He has continued to do a work in me. Looking at that woman standing in the picture, I remember I was less confident. Although, I had gone through the baby and toddler phase with Hadara, it seemed scarier to me for the what lie ahead. I was becoming a homeschool mommy to a only child and blindly ready to face the world. I had no clue what I was doing. Ever feel like that? Yet, I wore a smile and that polka dot dress. It's the same dress I wore when I left the hospital to go home after having baby Hadara. I loved that dress-very forgiving!
As a new mommy, I was unsure. As a mommy of a five year old, I was unsure. No matter what phase in mommy-hood we are at, it's good to know that we won't stay there. Growth is a good word for women to have in their vocabulary. With lessons learned, experience and well, just life. . . I can truly understand how the measure of a mom's love can outweigh confidence. It's not based on how ready you are for the next curve ball, or how many parenthood books or blogs you've read. You are on your own motherhood journey. With God, you are the mommy He has called you to be. For the children He has given you. Just be that. Just love . . . and everything else will fall into place.
Colossians 3: 12-14
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Blessings and Shalom,
What about you? Was there ever a time in your life, when you lacked the confidence to be a Mom?
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