08 May 2010

piece of my heart

oh how i marvel that i am a mama. lately i have been thinking about all the little moments that have added up to equal my motherhood experience thus far. all the days that turn into weeks and months and then suddenly my babe is sitting here eating a slice of quiche with a fork. so big. i look back and hope each day has been full of love and cuddles and laughter and singing. i hope i am building good memories day by day, like a tall tower of blocks.

i often say here on this blog that i want to be a better person, a better blogger, a better business girl. but most of all, i want to be the best homemaker i can be. i want to create a home wherein my children will have childhoods built on love and comfort and warmth and happiness and simple wholesome adventures. i want there to be forts made out of blankets in the basement that they beg to keep up all week long and artwork in frames going down the staircase and family movie nights and lessons on being a good sport and sharing with siblings and respecting your elders and always telling the truth.

i want my home to be a house of learning. i want to teach my kids about their grandparents and all the amazing things that have gone before. how my mom and dad fell in love in salzburg, had a whirlwind love story and later took all seven children to live in england for a year and continued teaching us about adventure and following your heart. or what life was like before cell phones and the internet; what we did before we had google. for the record, i would go to my dad, who was usually reading a book propped open on his desk or the kitchen table. and he would always help me with my questions. i never doubted his answers. i hope i am smart enough to help my kids with homework. i hope i have enough energy to stay up for them when they come home from high school dances, like my mom did. those were some of the best chats. and started my love for cups of hot chocolate at midnight.

i must say, babies are bliss. having a child has brought a new joy that i once heard about but didn't know until he came along. it's as though benji nuzzled up to my heart and added a new piece while he was baking in there for nine months. i am so thankful he was born into our family. he is healthy and happy and completely giddy about the simple things. like discovering my yardstick ruler in the craft closet. or trying on his new velcro sandals. or running around without a shirt. or little rituals before nap. ring around the roses is on repeat around here; he loves holding both my hands, smiling and waiting for me to sing the tune until we all fall down. i know this little boy is on loan from heaven, he is almost too good to be true. am grateful to know that i am entrusted with his care. what an amazing responsibility, gift and opportunity motherhood is. i couldn't ask for a better gift this mother's day.




"Recognize that the joy of motherhood comes in moments." - M. Russell Ballard

i love this article which honors the work of young mothers everywhere. every time i lift something, bend over or twist around to pick up a toy, i smile a little remembering this article. enjoy reminiscing about your childhood, your children or the beautiful mothers and grandmothers in your life this special weekend.

14 comments:

Feather said...

this is a beautiful post. and what a great quote by russell ballard. thank you for sharing this. happy mother's day!

summer said...

marta, your words are captivating. i couldn't be more in love with the idea of your dream home. forts and family movie nights-- yes and yes! your noble desires encourage me. it's always a joy (and an inspiration) to hear about a home with loving relationships and high standards. thank you dearly for the piece of life and heart you share with us here. of course, reading your writing on being a mom has me itching to experience it myself. thank you for building up the dream in me.

happy mother's day, marta!

Hil said...

beautiful post Marta, as usual. You sure are lucky to have Benji boy... but more importantly he is lucky to have you for a mommy. I hope you have a wonderful Mother's day!

Krista said...

a to the men. love this. i struggle writing these sort of personal things for the world to see...so i make a journal for my kids so they know my true feelings and thoughts during the years they don't remember.
i love that your mom stayed up after dances to talk. those little things are huge in building close relationships with your kids. i gotta remember that one!

Sonya said...

Beautifully written! Heart warming. Your vision of a happy family is perfection!

talesofahummingbird said...

marta - so beautifully put and an echo of my sentiments, especially this week as we've added a second child to our happy little home. it seems overnight my firstborn little babe has grown up and into a little man even at the young age of 17 months. snuggling my two littles into my life is the greatest gift! am overjoyed to read your post today and reflect on the same gift so many of us mothers enjoy. thank you for sharing and have a wonderful, wonderful special mothers' day - really, truly, every day is mothers day. :)

Travelin'Oma said...

You are a great advertisement for motherhood. Thanks for writing your heart. And thanks for the link. That is a perfect Mother's Day message.

Shan said...

I love the M.R. Ballard talk also! Great one to read today and everyday if you are a Mom. I appreciate your words. Thank you, enjoying your blog. :)

Megilon said...

You have a handsome son! And I loved this post. I think that your son is as blessed to have you as a mother as you are to have him as a son. I applaud your goals for your household and think your children will have a wonderful home not just a house to grow up in.

simplycaitlin said...

So sweet. Happy Mother's Day.

Abby said...

Great post! You always find a way to make motherhood sound beautiful through your words. Your words remind me time and again of what is truly important.

Thanks.

Kathleen said...

I love this post. My parents made our house a wonderful place to grow up and I hope every day that my husband and I can do the same for our son.

MarjnHomer said...

parenthood comes with many challenges and I am trying my best for my kids to learn to respect their elders too. any advice?

bean said...

this is a beautiful post. my own mother left us last year (i'm 23)... missing her so much. being a mom is truly otherworldly!

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