Family

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I have found recently that I have been thinking about family. It must be that time of year. I lost my Mom almost two years ago and I really long for her advice. She was great at giving advice. (Moms are made for that, right?) She loved to have long conversations and at the end of the chat, I always felt like she gave me her best knowledge because she knew me better than anyone. That is same for most of us isn’t it? Our Moms know us and always want the best for us.

It has gotten me to thinking of a friend of mine that doesn’t speak to her Mom. It breaks my heart because our time here on Earth is so precious and you never know when you may lose that person. I think back to that last conversation with my Mom and I wish that I hadn’t rushed the talk. I was busy preparing dinner and she was tired. Who knew that it would be our last talk? If you have lost someone close to you how often do you replay that last talk?

Mom and I had a our issues and there were times that we didn’t agree on politics, religion, or how to maneuver in this world, however, I knew that we loved each other and would agree to disagree. That is the key word: LOVE. Love should be unconditional and we should choose love instead of judgment. Trust me it is easier said than done. With everything going on in this world these days we need to love.

Websters defines love as: strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties

That sums it up pretty well, don’t you think? Think of all the things we do because we love someone. Laundry, cooking, cleaning, driving, taking care of someone, sending a card, etc. All of our actions show someone else how much we treasure them. Giving them the best piece of fried chicken counts!!

Before I had my son I didn’t believe I could love anyone that much. Yes, I was married and I thought I knew what unconditional love was until Noah. Boy did that change my thinking! There is nothing that we won’t do for our kids. They become such a part of us that you are unable to imagine why you thought you were happy before kids. It took us 8 1/2 years to get pregnant and really I had begun to think it would never happen. Them BOOM! I was pregnant and considered a geriatric pregnancy at that. What makes that statement so funny is woman are now having children at 50. I was 35 at the time. I wouldn’t change the timing of anything thought because it has made me a better person. More compassionate and definitely more patient. Motherhood has changed me from the inside out. I have been blessed beyond belief.

Sooo getting back on point (I really did stray) is to say that if you love someone let them know. Years ago I read The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman. What a great book if you haven’t read it. It defined so much that I discovered why I get so happy over a small present including a drain stopper. Its my personality!! Not to mention, we really did need a new drain stopper. Just like my Mom loved to receive hugs. Noah’s love language is words of affirmation. Read the book and find your love language. You will surprised to learn the love language of your spouse, child, parent and even yourself. Click on the link below to purchase the book:

What do you think? What are you doing to preserve memories and make more memories with loved ones? Is Motherhood what you thought it would be? What was the most surprising thing about becoming a parent?

Heart your lifestyle,

Angela

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