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The journey of motherhood of all mamas around the world.

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Notes from Mom//No.15

Soo Hyun Noh

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Name: Leia

Mom of Three

Current City: Washington, DC

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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.

Notes from Mom//No.14

Soo Hyun Noh

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photo credit: @brinsonmcgowan

Name: Mallory

Mom of One

Current City: Atlanta, GA

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WHAT IS LOVE TO YOU?

Love is understanding, even when you don't want to. Compromise and compassion. I don't think it starts and ends at a feeling. It takes work and a choice to not give up, no matter what it takes. It takes lowering your pride and apologizing, even if you don't want to. It's hard and wonderful and exciting. And it's such a lovely thing to experience.

THE MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT IN MOTHERHOOD?

My baby is only three months old and as cliche as it sounds, all his little moments are so memorable to me. We weren't expecting a little so fast in our marriage but it has been the most exciting, challenging, and life changing experience we have ever had. Seeing the light and life in his eyes is the most encouraging thing. Hearing him trying to laugh. Seeing him smile as he recognizes me. When he first rolled over. All the things!

ENCOURAGING MESSAGE FOR YOUR CHILDREN?

To always be yourself. To never stray from what you stand for. To always be kind to others and to never let anyone feel less than themselves. To never have to explain why they are who they are and to stand confident in that.

Notes from Mom//No.13

Soo Hyun Noh

Name: Meghan

Mom of Five

Current City: Maple Grove, MN

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WHAT IS LOVE TO YOU?

1 John 4:8-10  [ God Is Love ] 

Love is so deep. And for me, is from God, in God, through God and because of that, I am able to love others because of His great sacrifice and presence in my life. Love is complex yet simple. Love is tangible and felt. I can love tea, love a friend and love my husband and do so for each in completely different ways. Love stretches beyond the imagination and that which we can comprehend and breaks boundaries and structures of law. It is unknown and it is hidden. It blossoms and it spreads. Love can be unexpected and the feelings just happen. And love is also a CHOICE.

THE MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT IN MOTHERHOOD?

Could I write a book about this? There are so many moments in the past (almost 8) years that I could pick moments of magnificence in my motherhood journey. Conversations with my children. Snuggles on a Saturday morning. Dance parties, tea parties, all the parties. Curiosity in questions from those "Why?" years. The moment the babies begin to crawl. And eat. And walk. Christmases and birthdays. Watching my husband interact with our kids. So many memories flood to my mind.

I think most memorable for all my life would be moments in their birth stories. I can instantly go back to those moments of laboring and contracting in preparation for their arrival. Such pain and agony. And such sweetness and passion involved in those memories. My last 3 children were home-births and I vividly wrote out their birth stories, so it's easy for me to read and reflect back and feel the exact same emotions I felt as I was living them. 

I tend to have very long labors (up to 3 days long) and the intensity of the pain is unbearable at times. And the exhaustion is unequivocally numbing. But that moment that I'm pushing the baby out and they are all of a sudden in my arms- there is no other feeling like it in the world. All the pain is gone and nothing else matters. The tears flow. Hard. There is laughter. There is this intense joy that is unmatchable. And all is right in the world. As I hold my precious newborn baby, fresh from my womb. What a beautiful process.

ENCOURAGING MESSAGE FOR YOUR CHILDREN?

To proudly be who God uniquely and perfectly made you to be.

Pursue your passions. Chase your dreams. (And dream big.) And never be afraid to shine your light. You are worthy, you are capable, you are equipped. You are lovely. You are one-of-a-kind. There is none like you. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. So, BE YOU. Because there is only one you. And this world needs you.

Do the things you want to do. Care about others. Work hard. Always do your best. Love others. Cherish moments. Live for today.