3 Poems Celebrating Motherhood

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Happy Mother’s Day! I’m looking forward to a nice relaxing day with my family; I hope you have similarly enjoyable plans. In honor of all the mothers and women in my life, I wanted to share several poems I wrote this spring. There are three, actually. Additionally, you may want to read The Legacy of a Truly Excellent Woman, a tribute to my grandmother. I figured it wouldn’t hurt to share some photos of the lovely roses my mother-in-law got me for Mother’s Day either :). Enjoy!

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Celebrating Motherhood

Motherhood isn’t all fun and games.
It takes work, patience, self-control.
Being a mom can be exhausting, true.
But the blessings are more than worth it.

Consider a life without motherhood,
without bear hugs and butterfly kisses,
no delighted giggles or mischievous grins.
Life would be very dull indeed,
if children were not present.

Motherhood gives us a window back in time,
lets us recall memories of childhood,
reminds us to be grateful for simple pleasures.

There’s no job harder than a mother’s job,
but no work with greater reward.
The world is a better place with children,
and the mothers who dare to raise them.

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I also want to share a poem I wrote for my mother. Motherhood changes us, makes us realize that our mothers weren’t really all that crazy 😉 — and that we are more like our mothers than we would have cared to admit when younger. This was submitted to Positive Parenting’s Mother’s Day Contest (selected as one of ten finalists!).

A Reflection of My Mother

From birth, I was loved, unconditionally.
My mother held me in her arms,
keeping me safe from an unknown world.
As a child, my desire for and pursuit of
independence challenged her, but
ultimately she learned to let go and trust.

She prayed over me before I was born.
While I was growing, she trusted my
future to God – my life in his hands.
Faithful in prayer, she never stopped
lifting me up, whispering her hopes and dreams,
letting them go as I pursued the path
of my own choosing.

Even into my own journey of motherhood,
my mother has been there for me.
Supporting, encouraging, inspiring,
Continuing to plant in me a firm foundation
for my journey through life.

I see things differently now, through the
lens of motherhood. My mother’s actions
no longer seem so strange and unexplainable.
I can appreciate her patience, her selflessness.
Always overextending herself to make sure
her family is taken care of, nourished, loved.

I see in myself a reflection of her — different, but
echoes of the same. I am my own person,
redefined by motherhood – but defined, in part,
by the love of the mother who raised me.
she always gave freely…and she still does today.

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And last but not least, I wanted to honor those mothers who do not have their children to hug and hold. Mothering is hard, but harder still is facing the loss of a child — whether in youth or in the womb (The Miscarriage: The Secret Heartache of 1 in 4 Women). I chose to write this poem as a haiku.

Empty arms, aching heart.
Childless mother, angel babe,
Apart on earth and heav’n.

Once a mother, always a mother.

I saw a quote floating around the internet that really summarizes up motherhood: “we are blessed to be a blessing to others.”

What About You?

Are there memories of motherhood that are near and dear to you?  Do you have something special planned for the women in your life who have made the transition to motherhood?

The Ultimate Guide to Baby's First YearThis post is part of The Ultimate Guide to Baby’s First Year — I’m one of 30+ blogs participating. Over the course of a week’s time, there will be posts on these topics:

  • taking care of new parents
  • feeding baby
  • taking care of baby
  • baby’s milestones
  • baby play
  • baby spaces
  • celebrating baby

Check out the The Ultimate Guide to Baby’s First Year for a list of all the posts on each topic. Posts on celebrating motherhood are listed below!

Celebrating Motherhood Links

Here are some posts by other moms about Mother’s Day and celebrating motherhood. Also check out my Motherhood + Parenting board on Pinterest. Links will open in a new window for your convenience.



Family Portrait Album

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Now that the design is finished, I wanted to share this family portrait album with you! Typically I will also design a full color cover for portrait albums, which looks really gorgeous on display. This slideshow only highlights the album pages, so here is a peek at the cover design. Keep in mind, the left side of this image is the back cover, and the front cover is on the right side.

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Welcoming a New Baby

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It is always wonderful when I can be a part of welcoming a new family member. Sometimes my clients bring in tiny newborns, and sometimes life is so crazy that I get to meet the babies when they are a couple months old. Either way, I love creating these family portraits because the portraits are a celebration of change and growth — family growth! Here are some portraits from a recent family session. We created a whole range of portraits, including both family groupings and individual newborn-esque portraits. I love sessions like this!

 

Newborn Portraits :: Mia

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Big brother Nate and big sister Tessa helped me to create some adorable portraits of their new little sister, Mia! We had lots of fun, and the kids were really cooperative. After creating a few portraits of all the kids together, it was time for Mia to hog the spotlight so we did some portraits of just baby girl by herself. I love how these all turned out; it is always great to include family in newborn sessions.

Newborn Baby G

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Baby G. and her parents came to the studio for a newborn portrait session. I love including family in these portraits… it always helps to give a sense of size. Newborns don’t seem all that tiny, until you’ve been around comparably giant toddlers! Here are a few highlights from Baby G’s newborn portrait session.

Family Portrait :: Baby M.

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Here are portraits from Baby M’s newborn session.  I absolutely LOVE the one of her big brother holding her; he looks so proud to be an older sibling!

Interestingly enough, we spent most of the session trying to get Baby M to fall asleep so that we could create the tour de force — that adorable artistic portrait of her sleeping on the settee.

I hope the family enjoyed their holiday gifts 🙂 — portraits always make wonderful presents, don’t you think?

Holiday Portrait :: Baby A and Family

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Baby A is growing so quickly!  It seems like just the other day that we were doing her newborn portraits… and now she’s already over half a year old!  Time really flies.   A isn’t crawling yet, er, at least not when we did the portrait session… but as you can see, she definitely is getting closer.  Sitting up, pushing up, and having great head control!

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Newborn Sneak Peek – Baby M!

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Baby M. came to the studio for her newborn portrait session… and here are two of my favorites! We also did some portraits of the whole family, but you’ll have to wait to see those. 🙂

Sooooo adorable, I just love it when we can create artsy portraits of sleeping newborns!!!

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And of course being held in Daddy’s hands….

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A’s Infant Portraits

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Baby A. and her parents came in this summer for her newborn portraits! She was such a good baby; aside from not wanting to fall asleep, we had no trouble creating these lovely portraits of the happy new family. This one (below) will look especially nice as a wall portrait on display in their home… believe it or not, the portrait looks even better in black and white!

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It will be fun to see how much she grows in the coming months 🙂 …they grow all too quickly, don’t they? Here are some other images from A’s newborn session (I designed a custom album with many of these portraits, which I’m sure the whole family will enjoy!).

Baby G :: Newborn Portrait

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Baby G finally arrived… and we finally got her into the studio for her newborn portraits. Since she was a couple weeks old already, Baby G was pretty active! We did manage to lure her halfway to sleeping… and ended up with some wonderful portraits of her awake and asleep. I absolutely *love* this portrait of her in the basket… what a cute smile on baby!

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Peanut :: Newborn Portrait

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Baby Peanut came to the studio a couple days after she was born… boy was she tiny! Her parents participated in the session too, and we created some adorable family portraits for them to enjoy. Peanut was a joy to have in the studio — she mostly slept, and aside from a feeding break, things were pretty uneventful! Since we did these portraits, Peanut has gained about a third of her original body weight… and is quickly catching up to those “standards” that the doctors love use when measuring kids and babies.

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