Motherhood-- it can be described in so many ways, with emotions ranging from exhaustion to pure joy, and a job that you can never check off your daily to-do list and mark "done". I'm not sure if there are too many other jobs that demand so much of your attention, sacrifice, time, and emotional energy. Yet, we come back each morning (hopefully more rested!) as we face another day of whatever that season of motherhood looks like.
Maybe it's a season of endless diapers, feedings, and rocking a baby to sleep. Or maybe it's one of potty training and teaching your toddler how to have just a little more patience. Whatever emotions and tasks the season holds for you, it often times seems like there's no end in sight. But then by God's grace and new morning mercies, we are sustained and provided for to do it over and over again, each day.
That's been my prayer each morning as I sit, bible and coffee in hand, soaking in those last few quiet minutes of the early morning. As I wait for my children to come bolting out of their room, I pray that He would fill me up with what I need for that day, for enough patience to endure the tantrums, power struggles, and endless questions. For the ability to be present with my children. And for my love for them to be evident in my words and actions, rather than focusing on duties around the house that vye for my attention.
Because I know each day will come with obstacles and hardships too big for me to muster up the strength to take on alone, but encouraged that I don't have to. "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." How reassuring and comforting to know that it's not by our my own strength, but that of the Lord's who not only helps me endure this season of motherhood, but see it as a true blessing.
A few weeks ago I got to spend the evening with the Fuller family and meet the newest little full-head-of-hair addition to their sweet family! The original plan for Madison's Newborn Session was to be spent inside their home just days after her birth, but we had to hold off due to the current health situation. Thankfully, I was able to document these early days for them when she was 5 weeks old, still a newborn baby, but just a little bit more alert and wide-eyed! All in the comfort of their own backyard. Thank you so much Fuller family for letting me capture these photos for you as you enter into this new season of life as a family of 4!