Just in case you’re wondering….
Our oldest daughter watches the Littles for our local MOPS group. She LOVES it. She loves the kiddos and they love her. She loves serving the moms. I love that she can serve them, as well.
Today, they gave her a little gift and a thank you note. The note reads, “Thank you for welcoming our little children into your arms and for giving of yourself in the name of Jesus Christ. Please take a moment and enjoy this peppermint hot chocolate and stir with the chocolate dipped spoon. In that moment, please know that what you do for our children in MOPPETS gives us rest and encouragement, peace and hope and a greater sense that mothering matters.”
I read that note and my eyes swelled with tears immediately. The mere thought that these mommies were doing the hard work of mothering and they didn’t have a great sense of how valuable it is….it broke my heart. It has weighed heavily on me ever since she got home this afternoon. Dear mommy of Moppets, mothering matters. Mothering M.A.T.T.E.R.S.
If you are sitting there wondering if the sleepless nights and the aching tiredness and the fact that you only ever smell like barf… and have cracker crumbs in your hair ….or Cheerios smeared on your top… or the fact that you’re wearing old clothes because you can’t afford new ones, since you’re a stay at home mom now …or think longingly of the time you went out for lunch, instead of eating pbjs…AGAIN…or you’re wondering if you’ll ever do anything more creative than coloring…or ache for the day you can hop in the car without latching up 3 car-seats….or you hope that some day soon you’ll be out shopping, pull your wallet out and not have a diaper or an extra pair of socks or a pacifier plop out too….or you look at that man you married and think, “I want to go away…with you…and you alone.” and know that’s years away. If ANY of those things (or a hundred others) apply to you and you’re just wondering, “Is this worth anything? Will it matter to anyone?”
May I PLEASE be one to stand up and shout out to you – YES IT MATTERS!! It’s value is more than you can measure in your understanding in this life. It matters enough that every football player who shouts into the screen waves at his Mum. 😉 It matters enough that our Heavenly Father gave His only begotten Son into the arms of a Mom.
So, dear one, just in case this note could have come from your heart, to my daughter – know it is with great humility and delight that she serves you, because she too knows mothering matters. It matters a lot!!!