Motherhood: How can there be enough love to go around?
Every season of The Bachelor or The Bachelorette comes along and I say I am going to stop watching. But every season I fail! I watch. I get lured into the romance unfolding. But what I really enjoy is the After the Final Rose show. How is it all REALLY? How is this “real life” couple doing once the lights, camera, and action are taken away?
So in honor of the new season starting I thought we would take our own spin on it. Motherhood: After the Baby Comes
Join me and a few friends who indulge in this silly show over the next few days as we look at the realities of motherhood after the baby arrives.
I was strolling through the neighborhood with my little 2 year old son… hand in hand. Within just a couple of shorts months, our lives would be different, we would become a family of 4. Thoughts began racing through my head.
“How can I love another child like I love him?
What if he feels as though I don’t love him as much as I do right now?
What if I don’t love our daughter as much as I love him?
How will I have enough love for them both?”
I began to wonder if we had made a mistake – if I would be able to have this child, share my love with another. Panic set in – worry took over – anxiety reared its ugly head. Talk about a crazy moment for a 7 month (super emotional) pregnant Mama! I realized there was no going back.
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” 1 John 3:1
It was a bright and sunny day in July, and our sweet Madison was born. Tears fell down my cheeks – my heart was full.
I loved them both!
The color of their hair was different, the sizes of their little bodies were different, the sounds of their voices were different, their smells were different. One looked at me endearingly and called me Mama, the other was soothed by my touch and voice. I loved them equally. All the fears and anxieties I had built up in those last weeks were gone in an instance – they almost seemed silly.
We are now a family of 5 and since becoming a Mama, I have come to comprehend that God has enough love in His heart for all of His children – just like I do with my 3 littles. No matter our race, creed, gender, age… God loves us all equally and no matter what we do, He will continue His love for us. Just like when my youngest, Lexi, hits her brother – or when her brother, who is now 12, calls her a name – I still love them. In spite of. In all circumstances. My love for my children is GREAT – just like the love that God has for me.
Lavished, by definition means: “produced in abundance”. God loves us abundantly and great!
I don’t know about you, but that provides me such a peace, and such warmth. I am thankful for his abundant love – and I am thankful that I can share His love with my sweet babies.
My name is Erin and I am so thrilled to have this opportunity to share my heart and story with all of you! I grew up just outside of Denver, Colorado where I met my husband, Jon. We began our family immediately (love the way God works!) and made a huge decision to move our family to the HOT Arizona desert when our oldest child was just one year old. I have three amazing children that have taught me life and love in a new way. Jake is 12 and takes after me in EVERY way (he gets super excited about checklists and organizational tools). Madison is 10 and is our sweet, free-spirited child and our youngest is Lexi who brings our family energy, excitement, laughter, and joy.
Photo by Carrie Fay Photography
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