Motherhood

Kristen from We Are THAT Family is asking bloggers to post a picture that defines motherhood for us. This picture immediately came to mind:

It’s a picture of Jacob meeting and holding his little brother, Lucas, for the very first time. I still tear up every time I see this picture because other than both their births, it is one of the sweetest memories I have.

When I had Jacob I could never imagine loving anyone as much as I loved him. When I was pregnant I worried that I wouldn’t love this second child as much as I loved my first born. I couldn’t imagine having enough love in my heart and at the time thought that having two children would mean I’d have to love my first child less.

It was in the time after the birth of Lucas, when I looked at his face and especially when I held both children in my arms, that I realized that it was possible to love both of my children with 100% of myself. This picture is a great reminder of that moment.

Top 10 Things I’d Love For Mothers Day

I decided to make a list of the top 10 things I would LOVE for Mother’s Day just in case a special someone is reading this! :)

1. Sleep- I would love to sleep in. I’m not asking to sleep the day away but sleeping until at least 7am would be fantastic.

2. Hugs and Kisses- If you remember… one of my favorite things about being a mom is all the hugs and kisses I get from my children.

3. Starbucks Iced Mocha- Wouldn’t it be lovely if my boys woke me up with one of those? yum. I’m not asking for a homemade breakfast, just a quick trip to Starbucks would be plenty to fill my tummy (though I would not be upset if you decided to go the eggs, bacon, and french toast route, too).

4. Flowers- I don’t need a big bouquet of roses but I would love some flowers. My favorite would be ones picked with love from our yard (I’d even take some dandelions).

5. Homemade card- Yeah, Hallmark cards are nice but my son’s coloring is even prettier. (You could even earn some brownie points by helping Jacob write some words on it like “I have the best mom ever” or “my mom is the prettiest woman I have ever seen”)

6. Clean house- After I finally roll myself out of bed I would love to leave my bedroom and discover a clean house. Not lick-the-floors-clean but you-won’t-step-on-anything-clean would be wonderful!

7. Family time- After we go to Church I would love to go on a family walk or take the boys to the playground. We could even go somewhere else just as long as we can do it together.

8. “Me” time- I would love to get a pedicure while the boys are napping and then enjoy some time on the computer.

9. Date night- After the boys go to bed it would be great to enjoy dinner and a movie at home.

10. Ice cream and devotions- My “perfect” Mother’s Day would end with devotions as a couple while we eat ice cream (chocolate, peanut butter for me and pistacchio for Sinisa).

So that’s my ideal Mother’s Day….

How do you imagine yours?

Top 10 Parenting Books On My Reading List

These are the parenting books on my bookshelf that I can’t wait to read:

1) “The Power of A Praying Parent” by Stormie Omartian

2) “Raising a Reader” by Jennie Nash

3) “What Every Mom Needs” by Elisa Morgan and Carol Kuykendall

4) “Relationship-Empowerment Parenting” by Judy & Jack Balswick and Boni & Don Piper

5) “What Kids Need Most In A Mom” by Patricia H. Rushford

6) “The Modern Girl’s Guide to Motherhood” by Jane Buckingham

7) “Parenting in the Pew” by Robbie Castleman

8) “How To Talk So Kids Can Learn” by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish

9) “Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours” by Dr. Kevin Leman

10) “Raising Sons and Loving It!” by Gary and Carrie Oliver

Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

Are there any you would recommend that I add to my reading list?

Why I Love Being A Parent

This week I am participating in Top 3 Thursday, a meme from Tamara and Elizabeth.

This week’s question is:

What are your Top 3 favorite things about being a parent?

3. Hugs and Kisses: There is nothing better than a slobbery kiss and a giant hug (except maybe one with just a little less saliva and maybe some clean hands would be nice). I think that once Jacob and Lucas can tell me that they love me that will rank up in my top three things, too.

2. Watching them grow up and learn new things: As a past preschool teacher I have known the satisfaction one gets when watching a child do something for the first time. It’s even greater when it’s something that I have taught them. Greater yet is watching your own child do something new. The pride that I feel when one of the boys do something new is overwhelming and I want to share it with everyone that will listen. If you are my twitter or facebook friend you know I was so proud of my toddler for going to the bathroom on the toilet because I announced it. Yes, I am THAT mom… I swore I would never be one of “those moms” but turns out I am!

1. “The feeling”: I’ve heard it said that no (humanly) love is greater than a mother’s love and that you can’t know how strong a mother’s love is until you are a mother yourself. No explanation here because if you are a mother you know the feeling I am talking about and if you aren’t a mom there are no words that I could use to describe this feeling!

So those are my top 3 reasons I love being a mom. If you have a post make sure to visit Elizabeth and Tamara and link up. If you do not have a blog I would love for you to leave a comment below telling me why you love being a parent. Regardless, feel free to leave me some comment love :)