10 things I am loving about being a mother right now.
1) I love that being a mother entitles me to be silly in public. Often I sing funny songs, do little dances or behave in a most unladylike manner. Sometimes it’s because I am trying to distract my little ones, other times because one of them started and I joined in.
2) I love what my daughters come up with during our dinnertime family ritual when we each tell what we are grateful for: from the simple 'I am grateful for my sisters and parents' to the profound 'I am grateful we are eating the most gorgeous vegetables our Dad grew here on our farm'.
3) I love it when my children play nicely together, or when one helps another out, or when they sit together chatting. Recently my 9-year-old has been helping her younger sister with reading. She is so patient and caring with her.
4) I love watching my kids sleeping: listening to their quiet breathing and watching their serene faces. They are so angelic when they are asleep that I forget the stress they caused me a few hours earlier.
5) I love it when my husband and our three daughters and I do something together as a family. Recently we were driving somewhere when a song came on the radio from a movie we had recently watched. It was the song where the two lovers finally get together. Instantly we all sang – together and loudly. This feeling of unity and fun and love is what it is all about for me.
6) I love sewing clothes and dressing my girls. In the past few years I have made more and more of their clothes. There is nothing quite like the feeling of something you have made being their favourite, and being worn so often that it wears out.
7) I love all the gifts they give me. Posies, special rocks, artworks, and lots of love notes and other treasures. Because MUM is one of the first words they learn to write, I see I LOVE MUM scribbled on newspapers, and in the fog on windows.
8) I love watching each of my children's unique personality emerge, and I marvel at how they are a product of the world they live in, but also of their parents. I rejoice that they are positive, passionate, loving and kind girls.
9) I love the cooking, the crafting, the making, the playing, the building, the make believe and the magic that comes with being a mother. It gives me permission to play games that adults are meant to have grown out of. I get to dress and undress baby dolls, build towers of blocks and do jigsaw puzzles. Lucky me.
10) I love that being a mother of a young family gives me permission to reinvent rules and traditions. Now I don't have to uphold my childhood traditions – unless I choose to. The same tooth fairy who visited me when I was a girl now visits my girls. But these days our family traditions have more to do with the seasons and our farm activities, than events from thousands of years ago. Though it’s difficult for our girls when they don't get many Christmas presents and Easter eggs, if we discuss things as a family and plan new traditions relevant to them, they feel happy and in control and proud of who they are.