I like to watch people. Not to be creepy but to learn. I observe how they go about things and how they handle situations. My favorite thing to observe is women in a mother, guardian, teacher, aunt, sister role. The women who care after children, whether they are blood related or not. Women who step beyond their own needs to serve others. Women who lay down their lives so children can have a chance to know what love on earth feels like.
Since I was a little kid, I have had women from all different walks of life teach me what being a mother really is. They have taught me how to handle experiences that come their way with astounding grace. They have taught me the courage in asking for forgiveness when they know they have caused pain. They have taught me to have real conversations about what is on our hearts rather than pushing emotions down. They have encouraged my passions allowing my dreams to grow and be known. These random women...some mothers of my best friends, teachers, aunties at a babies home, aunts or sisters of my clients, strangers I sat next to on an airplane and some of my closest friends now...have truly taught me everything I know. I feel encouraged in my role to raise these beautiful girls to be the most honest, kind, brave, loving and adventurous souls. I know God has placed these women in my life for a reason even if all I did was observe them across an aisle in the grocery store with their children or get a glimpse into their life over social media...I am more equipped because of the women who go before me and walk alongside me. Women are unbelievably strong but I truly believe we are because we have one another. Our stories all have something that we can teach to one another.
You are strong, brave and wonderful. Maybe you are raising kids or loving on them in a whole different way. Your heart and love is so important. Keep sharing it with everyone around you, especially other women. We need one another to get through this hard but beautiful life.