The Ebb and Flow of Motherhood

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High tide

Low tide

Calm seas

Turbulent waves

The ocean has nothing on motherhood.

Uncharted waters with the rising of every sun.

We wake up never knowing………………..

Never knowing exactly what the day will hold for ourselves or our kids.

Maybe we tucked them into bed the night before

or

maybe we only prayed for them not sure where their head was laying.

Either way, the sun rises…………………..

and we set sail on a new day.

New water that holds no promises and definitely no guarantees.

Sunshine and peace may fill the day, but

storm clouds may also quickly rise.

Moms have to be ready to brace themselves………………

for whatever comes next.

Motherhood is a dance……………

in the midst of the coming and the going of the tide.

We collect memories in pails as time washes over our feet,

and we hold some memories close to our heart………….listening for sounds of laughter from days gone by.

The beauty comes from learning to embrace every moment in this dance –

the moments of sunshine, the moments of rain,

the moments of gentle waters,

and the moments when we can barely keep standing.

I’ve been told that once you hold your baby in your arms your heart is never quite the same.

I now know this is true.

I’ve been told that once you’ve heard the word, “mom,” you’re a mom for life…………….

even if you child goes to Heaven before you.

Motherhood is like the the ocean tide.

In and out.

Day after day.

Always different and yet in some magical way……………..

always the same.

With every ebb and every flow.

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