Bursting With Love by Liz Nord

Being a parent is life altering and challenging at times; but at the end of the day I know one thing for sure: I love my girls more than anything in the world! I feel so fortunate to have them in my life. I want to be the best mom that I can be every day and sometimes that means loving myself a little more.

There were times when the girls were infants when I felt isolated and stuck at home. I should have made more effort to do things for myself, but I felt guilty. I felt that if I took time out for me, I was being selfish. I’m seeing more now that’s not true. A sitter now and then wouldn’t have been so bad. In fact, it probably would have been really good for everyone.

At times, (like our house flooding) I feel overwhelmed by my domestic duties; I don’t feel like cleaning, cooking, organizing, refereeing, carpooling, and doing laundry non-stop. Sometimes I’m tired or I just need a break—Then I think… I’m really lucky!

Life is so amazing and the years fly by too fast. I remember watching our babies sleep, thinking I would do anything for them, and I would—anything. They melt my heart and make me smile every day. The power of that love is amazing! I know my husband feels the same way. They are so innocent and they grow so fast. I love watching our girls’ laugh, play together, learn, and follow their curiosities and dreams. They are still so mesmerized by everything new. I wish they could feel like that forever.

I may not always make the right choices, I may raise my voice at times, I may get frustrated, impatient, or irritated, but when I look at my girls and think about what they mean to me—I burst with love! I feel so lucky to have the honor of being their mom.  Parenting is a balancing act, but as long as I stay positive and take a little break for myself every once in a while, my internal sun is shining.

I read a quote once that said, “Look to the sun and the shadows will fall behind you.” I love that!

Can you relate? Do you make enough time for yourself? Do you have guilt issues? Have you looked in your kids eyes today and told them how much they mean to you and how much you love them? I’m on my way to do that right now. Have a great day!

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Colleen Keilbart
    Feb 04, 2011 @ 07:24:06

    Dear Liz,
    As a mom approaching 70 I can’t begin to tell you all the on-going rewards of being a mom. We concentrate on our young children, hoping that all we do will be for their benefit, making them good, happy and thriving adults. I love reading your blog and the big and small problems that are faced daily. Memories abound. But I have to tell you as you go through life you never stop being a mom mentally. You no longer have the sense of needing to direct them. You don’t have to advise, watch over, protect or clean up. Been there, done that. However, the feelings of love for your children do not diminish. Your pride in them stays strong and when you look at the kind of parents they are, when you see the love in their eyes for their children, when one of them gives a fabulous speech, when one plays soccer, the outdoor activities that the are involved in to keep their minds and bodies healthy, the work they do with non-profits, the kindness they show to siblings, the extra mile they go to be the best friend ever, all of it, seriously, all of it, touches you and makes your heart swell. The same exact feeling as watching them draw their very first “I love you mom” card. While your job has just begun the benefits stay with you forever. Your daily actions with your children will have more rewards than you can possibly imagine. If my mom had told me that when she was in her senior years I suppose my comment would have been “yeah, yeah, yeah”. So take from this whatever you want. I just want you to know that I think you are doing a great job with those darling girls, with life in general. You will reap the benefits as life goes on.
    Hugs to you and your family. Colleen


    • Liz
      Feb 04, 2011 @ 11:47:01

      Dear Colleen,

      I love what you wrote and it really touched me. Thank you for your kind words as well. You are such a sweet heart!

      Hugs right back at you!



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