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On a previous post I shared some ideas on how to put JOY in Motherhood. It was awesome to hear how you wonderful moms put joy in motherhood, so thank you for sharing! First idea on my list was "take pictures."
If you're like most moms, you're usually the one taking the pictures and rarely in them. This past week I tried to change that and I think you should too!
All I did to get these pictures was put my camera on the ground facing us, set the self-timer to a 10-second release, pressed the button, and played with my boy until the camera took a picture. They aren't posed or perfect, and my feet are totally dirty, but I love them. That way when your children look back on your photos and they ask, "Mom, where are you?" you can say, "Look, I'm right there."
Try it out! Make a conscious effort to be in the pictures, not just taking the pictures. Post one to our Facebook page!
Don't underestimate the non verbal.
Despite its lack of words it's still saying something. YOU'RE saying plenty to your mate without even speaking.
To help with your non verbal language here are 5 secrets to connect with your spouse, besides the obvious one, sex.
1. MAKE EYE CONTACT • Eyes say so much. That's if you're looking. So look. Really look at each other. In the eyes. When were mad at each other we often don't want to look at each other (unless it's glaring) because it can break down barriers. Sometimes we can't say something, or don't say it right. Looking into each other's eyes can communicate feelings without the barriers of words. There's intimacy in looking into someone's eyes with intent.
2. SMILE AT EACH OTHER • Smile at your spouse. A real smile. One that comes from the happy memories you share. Everything may not be perfect in your relationship but a genuine smile says that this is a pleasant or playful moment. Moments can add up.
3. LAUGH TOGETHER • Laughing isn't always preceded by speaking. Sometimes, it's something that just happened and you look at each other and just bust out laughing. Don't hold it in. Laugh. Men like women who laugh. If funny things aren't obvious, find comics, videos, or people watching to get you going. My husband and I laugh a lot, often in bed. (No reflection of what goes on there.) He often says he hopes that our kids hear us laughing together because it's a reflection of what we have together.
4. SIT NEXT TO EACH OTHER • Find opportunities to sit next to each other. Restaurants. Church. Home. When you walk into a room go sit right next to your spouse, even if you have to displace someone else. You're a pair. It's the unspoken message to your spouse and everyone else in the room that you belong together.
5. MAKE BODY CONTACT • Without explaining all the biology, know that our brains like touch. Hand holding. Knee touching. Head resting. Random hugging. Back rubs. Leg wrapping. Something. Anything. Your body registers it and your brain files it. And your spouse feels it.
BONUS • Do them all at the same time.
On the hierarchy of relationships a spouse comes right after God. That's how important the bond is. In light of that, spending time strengthening that tie, with verbal and non verbal ways, is worth the effort.
I'm always up for knowing more ways to connect with my spouse. What non verbal ways can you share?
Just over two years ago I held a newborn niece and said excitedly, “This is the first time I've wanted to hold a baby since my little brother, Reece, was born!” That was 18 years prior to that moment. Considering the fact that I was due with our first child in three months, I was relieved that I actually wanted to hold a baby again.
I never understood the importance of motherhood, thinking that women were made just to have babies and raise them. I never wanted to be a mom.
Slowly I’ve learned that motherhood is more than having babies, changing diapers, and gaining weight.
Motherhood is Benevolence; she desires to do good for others before herself.
Motherhood is Diligence; striving to accomplish what she’s started.
Motherhood is Courage; guiding us through fear, difficulty, anger, sorrow, and pain to find happiness.
Motherhood is Compassion; she has the ability to forgive every day
Motherhood is Refinement; she is cleansing and in the end, if done well, free of impurities.
“Motherhood is more than bearing children....It is the essence of who we are as women. It defines our very identity, our divine stature and nature, and the unique traits our Father gave us.” –Sheri L. Dew
There is more to motherhood than simply having children. It does not matter if you are single, childless, young, or old; every woman can have the refining power of motherhood.
I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day! Please share what you've learned about motherhood in the comments!
Anyone who is a mother knows that the words “joy” and “motherhood” are rarely used in the same sentence. M. Russell Ballard said, "The joy of motherhood comes in moments..." As someone who didn't plan on being a mother (ever), the word “motherhood” gives me a mild anxiety attack. As do the phrases, “I’m pregnant!” and “when I was in labor…”
My sweet baby, Caeden, is now 16 months old (just under a year and a half for people like me who hate to count). And guess what…he is such a joy! Not all of the time of course, and really I can’t complain too much on the days he is less than joyous. I only have one little monster to escape from.
Then I realized something. Motherhood isn't something that I should want to escape from. I can make joy happen! While some of these may be no-brainers for you veteran moms, they were news to me!
Here are my seven ways to enjoy your little one(s) and put JOY in Motherhood:
Stay tuned because next week I'll tell you what I've learned about motherhood!
In the meantime, how do you enjoy your babes (children)?
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