Friday, February 14, 2014

Motherhood and Love

I stand in the same place in my baby's room every single day. Carpet that's just a few years old, has spots worn where my feet are always planted. I stand and sway back and forth, back and forth, while I sing to her the same songs that I've sang to each of our kids. These are the same songs that my mom sang to me.

The first time I sang "Jesus Loves Me" to one of my babies, he was only a few days old. The room was dark and quiet and as my voice came out,  for that first time, it shook. The quiet, the swaying, the dark and my shaky voice--- I'll never forget that first song, to my first baby. I imagine these women stand and sing to their babies as well. I wonder if their voices shake. I wonder if it's quiet and dark. I wonder if it feels safe and warm, like it does at my house.

Motherhood has taught me so much about love. It's safe to say that until I became a Mom, I really didn't fully understand love. Maybe I knew about love, but I didn't fully understand how sacrificial love really is.

Love is patient, even when patience seems impossible.
Love is kind, even when kindness doesn't seem deserved.

Love is not about me, or what love can do for me. Love is sacrificial.

Love smiles, sings, carries, feeds, comforts, listens, reads, cleans up, hugs and is always there- even when you feel like you have nothing left.

Love is strength to do what's right, even when you're alone and no one is watching. Love is in the simple things and love sometimes doesn't make sense.

Love says, "I am on your team".
Love cheers on and believes in.
Love encourages.

Love is being part of something that's greater than yourself.
Today I'm partnering with Lisa-Jo Baker , a writer and blogger, who like me, writes a lot about Motherhood. For Valentine's Day, Lisa has dreamed up something big. See, these people are HER people. She is from South Africa and she knows first hand, how real their needs are.

She is a Mother, I am a Mother and with lots of other bloggers, I truly believe that we can really bless this community.

You guys know I don't normally post this type of thing, but this is something I really believe in. It's something that's so much bigger than myself. This is something that takes a community. A community of women, determined to make a difference for another community. This is giving love.

What if we fell in love with the world next door?

The goal is to raise $150,000 to fund the entire project between Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day – because love is more than a date on the calendar, and it never leaves anyone out. And Mother's Day is a 365 days a year adventure, always worth celebrating.

Phase 1: Community Vegetable Garden

Phase 2: Community Kitchen and Welcome Center

Phase 3: Community Outreach Hall

Phase 4: 12 Classrooms

Phase 5: Playground


Because there’s a whole community of women who are raising more kids than just their own and still have all the same hopes, dreams and fears that we do.

Crystal Paine, from Money Saving Mom has partnered with Lisa-Jo and has posted an offer that's too good to pass up. Go here to take a look.
Please go HERE and learn about how you can help mothers and orphans, who probably aren't having MOPS playdates today, eating girl scout cookies, drinking Starbucks coffee and feeling like all their needs are met. 

Join me in spreading some love today. We are mothers, sharing love with other mothers. We are coming together, to be part of something that's bigger than ourselves. We are blessed, to be a blessing.

Angela


3 comments:

  1. Powerful post, my friend. Visiting from FMF. Let's turn a dream into a reality ... one village at a time. Loved the line "Love is being part of something that's greater than yourself."

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  2. Just this---> "Love is patient, even when patience seems impossible.
    Love is kind, even when kindness doesn't seem deserved.
    Love is not about me, or what love can do for me. Love is sacrificial.
    Love smiles, sings, carries, feeds, comforts, listens, reads, cleans up, hugs and is always there- even when you feel like you have nothing left.
    Love is strength to do what's right, even when you're alone and no one is watching. Love is in the simple things and love sometimes doesn't make sense.
    Love says, "I am on your team".
    Love cheers on and believes in.
    Love encourages.
    So beautiful Angela, glad to be able to visit here. I've enjoyed reading through everyone's posts and seeing the whole thing come together like --->Love is being part of something that's greater than yourself."

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  3. Amazing. Don't even remember how I stumbled here today, but I'm so glad I did. I'll check out the links next. Thank you.

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