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The journey of motherhood of all mamas around the world.

Notes from Mom//No.11

Soo Hyun Noh

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Name: Ximena

Mom of Two

Current City: Atlanta, GA

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WHAT IS LOVE TO YOU?

To me, love is choosing to put another person’s needs above my own. With kids, as with anyone else, it doesn’t mean giving them what they want no matter what, but it does mean sacrifice. Intentionality in the way I give them importance in my daily life.

THE MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT IN MOTHERHOOD?

I live my most memorable moment every so often, and it’s when both my boys, who are small enough to be snuggly but wiggly enough to be nearly impossible to pin down at the same time, just come up to me and give me the biggest bear hugs at the same time. Holding both of their little bodies with their little faces against my cheeks makes me tear up every single time. My husband and I struggled with infertility for a year and a half before getting pregnant with our first born, and then had two within 11 months of each other! So in those moments, with two pairs of little arms wrapped around my neck at the same time, my heart can’t contain its gratitude.

ENCOURAGING MESSAGE FOR YOUR CHILDREN?

You are so unconditionally loved by your dad and me and by our heavenly Father, that you can be free. Free from things like worry, striving, and insecurity; as well as free to truly love others, discover the plans God has for you, and simply be.

 

Notes from Mom//No.10

Soo Hyun Noh

Name: Loris

Mom of Four, Grandmom of Nine

Current City: Annapolis, MD

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WHAT IS LOVE TO YOU?

Love is where there is true giving and sacrifice. Love means getting up at night when your child is ill, risking a friendship or embarrassment and discomfort to ask if your child’s friend’s parents will be home during the party. It means forgoing that expensive vacation you need and want so your talented child can have lessons that year, have their overbite fixed or, most importantly, so they may see more of you. Loving your child requires laying down your life. This begins in pregnancy, is demonstrated in the effort of birth and is lived out day by day in motherhood.

THE MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT IN MOTHERHOOD?

This question is difficult to answer. I’ve been a mother for more than 38 years. I have 4 grown children and their spouses to love. My ninth grandchild spent the morning here with me and so there have been countless mothering moments, some wonderful and some I wish I could forget. With each child there has been a moment that feels as if love itself is born; these are memories to cherish.

If I have to pick one moment, it would be the time that I was scolding one of my children. I liked to use God and my limited understanding of His “principles” to add weight to my scolding. I was in the habit of explaining that this or that behavior “made God sad.” My child said, “Does anything make God happy?” I saw how wrong I had been to teach my children as I had been doing. That moment’s frustrated question showed me that I had misrepresented God and the life given to us. 

One of my favorite books begins with this statement, “Love, it is said, is blind, but love is not blind. It is an extra eye, which shows us what is most worthy of regard. To see the best is to see most clearly, and it is the lover's privilege.” This idea in The Little Minister by J.M. Barrie elevates my view of life. When my child asked that amazing question of me, I knew that I wanted to change and instead to show that love sees more than glaring or subtle human mistakes and struggles. It sees more than impossible standards, failure and condemnation. I wanted to communicate what could only be seen through love. I had to learn to motivate my children by my inner, love-brightened vision of who they really were. I discovered that love’s view is full of hope; it is defined by God’s vision and purpose for the child, not by what is obvious and urgent, never by fear, but by what is seen clearly with eyes of love, by what is true.

ENCOURAGING MESSAGE FOR YOUR CHILDREN?

I’d like to pass on something about parenting that I learned from the mother of one of my students.  She confided in me, “I pray each day that I can be a good mother to my children.” Her statement affirmed my general practice of praying about my concerns, sometimes haphazard and sometimes desperate. Certainly I did pray every day, but in her statement I heard a call to be more intentional, I heard the challenge that I, daily, recognize my need for God’s help in mothering, I heard the invitation to ask for help and wisdom. I had been praying, I could adopt this attitude and seek God’s wonders for each child. This was something I could do and I began to try to pray for each child. Sometimes I was too busy or sick or distracted, of course. That’s life. But my purpose was each day to pray that I could serve and love them as I was supposed to do. The wisdom in my friend’s words built my mothering as I walked on and praying sustained me through many difficult situations. Now, many years later, I can look back to see how often I was surprised and humbled by God’s presence in my home, my relationships, my attitude. 

Notes from Mom//No.9

Soo Hyun Noh

Name: Sharon

Mom of One

Current City: Honolulu, Hawaii

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WHAT IS LOVE TO YOU?

To me, love is being patient. Also, it is willingly doing something for the person you love - even if it requires of you to give up what you want. 

THE MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT IN MOTHERHOOD?

The most memorable moment has to be the very first time I gave Linette a bath all by myself. She was six weeks old. I felt proud of my little accomplishment and felt like a real mom then. I used to be so worried that the water would go into her ears or that something bad would happen if I were to bathe her all alone. So I would only assist my husband. But now, I think I'm better at it than he is!

ENCOURAGING MESSAGE FOR YOUR CHILDREN?

I want to teach my children to really be themselves because God has created them in a unique and special way. In the future, they will become someone's spouse and someone's parent and they will be very well carried away and occupied. But I want them to always remember that they were made as "who they are." Also, I want them to live a life that helps others. Giving and sharing are some of the best things you can do in life and they're much more valuable and meaningful than you can imagine.