I stayed in the shower an extra few minutes this morning, relishing the peace and quiet and solitude. And then the boys came running down the hall and pounded at the door. Peace and quiet and solitude were gone in a quick second. And I noticed I was smiling, not resentful or disappointed. That's the magic of motherhood to me - I can't help but love these adorable little ones. Some moments I forget what a blessing they are to me, but then the most unexpected moments remind me that I'd never want to live a second without them.

I always wanted to be a mother. I looked forward to it, sometimes very impatiently. The reality of motherhood isn't a shock to me, but it's so much more in every possible way than I imagined it would be.

More joyful,

more intense,

more difficult,

more constant,

more rewarding,

more challenging,

more overwhelming,

more consuming,

more lovely,

more everything.

"Mothers who know desire to bear children. Whereas in many cultures in the world children are “becoming less valued,” in the culture of the gospel we still believe in having children. Prophets, seers, and revelators who were sustained at this conference have declared that “God’s commandment for His children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force.” President Ezra Taft Benson taught that young couples should not postpone having children and that “in the eternal perspective, children—not possessions, not position, not prestige—are our greatest jewels.”

Faithful daughters of God desire children. In the scriptures we read of Eve (see Moses 4:26), Sarah (see Genesis 17:16), Rebekah (see Genesis 24:60), and Mary (see 1 Nephi 11:13–20), who were foreordained to be mothers before children were born to them. Some women are not given the responsibility of bearing children in mortality, but just as Hannah of the Old Testament prayed fervently for her child (see 1 Samuel 1:11), the value women place on motherhood in this life and the attributes of motherhood they attain here will rise with them in the Resurrection (see D&C 130:18). Women who desire and work toward that blessing in this life are promised they will receive it for all eternity, and eternity is much, much longer than mortality. There is eternal influence and power in motherhood. "

-Julie B. Beck
Mothers Who Know


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Katie Richins said...

old pictures...

sheila said...

okay why am all teary eyed? I am such a mess. That was just beautiful thank you for sharing your thoughts and the most perfect pictures.