This really cool Husband and Dad is asking that moms everywhere write a letter to his wife who is a mom of some little cherubs. They are throwing away the commercial Christmas and giving each other gifts that they made for each other. There's more to this story: see it here at blissfully domestic
So here's the deal:
Write a letter and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Link to it at http://www.motherletter.blogspot.com/
Or post a comment at that same site.
Don't forget to write Dear Mother on your letter and send it before Christmas
Here is my letter:
I am a mom to a
5 year old autistic son,
a 4 year old know it all-girl-of-all-girly-girls,
a 3 yr old loud-strong-athletic-tom-boy,
and a sweet butterball of a 8 month old baby girl.
The first 7 years of my married life I have spent pregnant, breast feeding, recovering from pregnancy, moving, dealing with the medical needs of my son .... it's seems like it has gone so slowly but then I turn around and it has vanished.
And Jesus said, "Behold your little ones"
I've always said Hold your little ones. Rock them. Sing to them. Hug them. Hold their hand. Color with them. Sing to them and with them. Tell them stories of Jesus and of Heaven and about the King and Queen we call Heavenly Mother and Heavenly Father...
Lay in the grass with them and stare at the sky. Go for long walks and take trips to the park. Have mommy-child dates. Let them help with the chores and daily routine. Involve them every chance you get.
Listen to them. Encourage them to talk and share their feelings. Call them names like sweetheart and precious. Tell them they are Prince's and Princess's. Tell them bedtimes stories and read to them. Encourage them to be independent.
Teach them to pray and to talk to God. Let them learn to have values like individual worth, honesty, the meaning of true hard work.
But above all - let the messes be messes. Your children are gone in a blink of an eye - but the messes will always be there.
In all your duties and responsibilities - take time to be yourself. Dote on your physical appearance, your spiritual attributes, your mentality. Have a social life. To thine on self be true.
Seek to balance your roles as well as you can manage. There is a time and place for everything. Be patient. Take mini breaks. Count to ten - or higher... Depend on your husband to be your help-mate.
It may seem heavy or depressing at times so stay connected to your Father in Heaven who gives strength to the weary and peace and rest to those that endure.
Find happiness in the small moments in each day. Don't compare yourself to others.
Do Your best and Forgive yourself often.
Find a support group made up of family and friends and go to bed every night with a list of things to be grateful and thankful for.
Remember and honor your parents or people in your life that have helped you become the person you are today.
Use your camera every chance you get.
If all else fails.... count on your blogging friends to get you through the day!
Merry Christmas and wishes for you and your family to have many wonderful memories!