Sunday, May 9, 2010


My own beautiful mama. I love her more than words can say!
My dad and his parents. I'm pretty sure that this grandma gave me my quiet spunk. She is full of it, even though she doesn't always show it! She is so talented and amazing. I hope that somewhere in me I can find a fraction of the skill she has!

My mom and her mother. I hope that I can glean everything I can from this grandma. She is full of self reliant knowledge and is so strong a beautiful!

My beautiful, wonderful mother in law. I had heard scary stories about how girls struggle with their husbands' mothers. My story could not be further from those!!! This woman would give her life and more for her children and grandchildren. I strive to be that kind of mother!
I have been beyond blessed in my life to be raised and surrounded by strong, amazing, faithful women. I wish I had pictures of every woman that I consider family. These women range from aunts, sister in laws, cousins, sisters, neighbors, and friends.

Today I thought much of these women as I wrangled my crazy baby at church and tried not to cry. I thought of how my mother in law would rock and bounce her and sing, "Pretty baby, pretty baby," while snuggling Little Miss to her chest. I thought of my own mother, an example of reverence and faith with her own squirmy kids at church, distracting us with stories and songs about Jesus. I thought of the neighbor, who's children would all sit quietly in a row while dad played the organ and mom was out nursing a baby. I could go on and on, but I bit back my tears and tried my best to comfort my overly tired baby.

I have always wanted to be a mother. I went into teaching so I could be surrounded by children. I know that it is a divine position, and, even through the hard days, could not wish to be doing anything different with my life. I so look forward to the day when my house will be filled with the sounds of all of my children (however many there may be) working and playing together. That is my heaven.

I love my sweet husband and Miss E for allowing me the opportunity to be a mother. It makes my life more beautiful than I ever could have imagined.


Tyson and Courtney said...

Beautiful post Danielle! It's amazing how we never knew what joys and blessings we were missing out on before we were mothers! :) Happy Mother's Day!

Sandra said...

I am blessed to be your mother! You are doing a wonderful job at mothering Little Miss, crazy or not!
Love you!

Randy and Teresa said...

Couldn't have said it better. You are amazing Dani.