We asked YOU to share what inspires you to be a good mom. We felt that we should do the same…
AshB and I wrote ours separately. I wrote mine and Ashley B emailed me hers to post on here. I, of course, took the easy road. I was very genuine and my answer is truly my inspiration. AshleyB’s, on the other hand, brought me to tears. She soul-searched her inspiration….
Here is MY (AshW’s) inspiration for motherhood:
I am inspired everyday by my family-friends-and most importantly, my children.
My friends inspire me by lifting me up on a daily basis. Reminding me of what a great job I am doing as a mom. I am so lucky to have so many inspirational woman in my life who are phenomenal mothers. We are all able to share our struggles, success stories, and laugh with one another through our daily journeys. My sister-in-law, who is also one of my closest friends, inspires me daily to laugh at myself instead of cry when I “mess up”.
My family inspires me. My mom is my #1 inspiration. I have nothing but happy childhood memories. Summer days, crafts, and her always being there to tuck us in at night. I aspire to be there for my children the way she was there for us.
Most importantly, my children. Everyday I wake up inspired to be the best ‘me’ I can for my children. Whether that means we hang around the house and play all day, we are in survival mode to get the house and our lives back in order, or we are running around town from different activities, school, and play dates. I try to make every day a happy and memorable day for my children. Teaching them morals, values, and ethics. Bringing them up to be strong, loving adults. (With a good sense of humor.)
And…HERE is Ashley B’s answer for what inspires her (Thank you, Ashley, for this beautiful entry!!):
The obvious and "easy" answer to this would be my kids. They are my REASON to be a good mom and do inspire me to BE one.
And of course I find inspiration from other moms. Lots of it. I'm so grateful for the amazing moms in my life...my own, my mother-in-law, grandmas, friends and Ash W of course! I'm not sure I could do this mom thing without their love, help and support. But there is one mom that I never saw coming that has changed my life and has inspired me greatly. They have no idea how much I think of them (daily) and how deeply they've touched my heart.
I photographed them as a referral client 2 summers ago. The little boy had lots of health issues and needed lots of equipment to help him function...he had fought for every breath and milestone he hit his entire life. I was absolutely amazed at the love his mom had for him. The way they looked at each other and could communicate with just eye contact...I've never seen anything like it.
We got some great shots (they had never had professional photos done because of the limitations) and we were wrapping up our session when he started having trouble with his breathing tube. I watched as his mom helped him breathe with steady hands, I helped point the ambulance in the right direction when they arrived. I was told this happens a lot and that mom was just "used to it".
I checked in with my client that referred that sweet mother and son. For days we emailed back and forth about that little guys progress, then set backs, them progress. Then a set back. A few weeks later I found out that sweet boy had passed away. My heart broke for him and his mom. I could not imagine the strength and courage she had to take care of him, and how devastated she must be to loose her baby boy.
I thought about them every day. And several months later I received an email from the mom. She wanted to thank me. Thank ME for the photos we took of her little boy. How she would cherish them forever and was so glad she booked that session with me. I have never felt so much honor, respect, sadness and joy...basically all the emotions, in my whole life.
There are a lot of days (A LOT) that I want to quit. I need a break or I want to pull my hair out. My kids know the right buttons to push to make me want to jump off the edge but I think of my favorite pair. That mother and son who deserve to be together. She deserves to have her boy healthy and growing but she doesn't. And I do. And I work hard to make sure I cherish those moments because I have them. my kids are here and they are healthy. I don't deserve the amount of joy and happiness anymore than she does. But I have it and I will cherish it in her angel's honor.