Mom of Three
Current City: Washington, DC
WHAT IS LOVE TO YOU?
Love is faithfully and selflessly pouring out one’s self for the good of another. Sometimes love is accompanied by overwhelming joy-filled emotion, other times it is prayerfully holding in frustration and anger while a toddler screams and refuses to stay in bed or a teenager lies and breaks trust for what seems like the thousandth time. As Elisabeth Elliot so beautifully describes it, “Nothing trains and teaches so powerfully as love. Love attracts. It does not coerce. If the aim of parents is to teach their children to love God they must show their love for Him by loving each other and loving the children.” Love is communicated to children in the hundreds of little moments that make up a day, week, month, and lead to years of collected marked impressions. It is rarely your natural gut-reaction, particularly when exhausted, heavy with the concerns of the world, or you simply have different expectations of how a particular scenario should play out. To truly love my children is to choose moment by moment to cling to the grace given by a Savior who lived and loved perfectly, praying that I can in turn hold out a small glimmer of its essence to them.
THE MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT IN MOTHERHOOD?
Nothing can compare to the moment that you first meet your precious babes. The discovery of life inside of you, the first kicks, the growing discomfort, all culminate in months of anticipation and then all at once the miracle is in front of you, and you see with your eyes all that you imagined and prayed for. Memorable moments in motherhood are just beginning for me with the unexpected smiles and coos, impromptu “I love you’s” and the unfolding and discovery of blossoming personalities. Arguably one of the most extraordinary parts of mothering my little boys thus far though has been in the lessons they have taught me about my own heart, faithful living, and the power of grace.
ENCOURAGING MESSAGE FOR YOUR CHILDREN?
My biggest prayer is that my boys will love God and people deeply and fully, knowing that suffering and hard times will inevitably come but they have a perfect Savior who is weaving a story far grander than the one I could write for them and it will ultimately be better than we could imagine. I’m praying that they will love the story God weaves for them and truly enjoy and be a light in the world God has created for them to be a part of, all while remembering that this is not their home … and the heaven that awaits them will truly be better than they could ever imagine.