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The Two Sides of Motherhood

My beautiful daughter, Jennette, with the little ones I'm tending
Normally this video, In Tha Muthahood, (below) most likely would not have tickled me in the way that it did today, when a friend on Facebook posted it.  However, I've spent this last week being a full-time Nana, while my daughter and her husband are away -- laying on the beaches of Cancun.  So I've had the blessed opportunity to travel back in time, so to speak, to when my own five children were young.  

Yikes, I had totally forgotten just how much WORK it takes to care for the physical needs of children day in and day out, let alone make sure the spiritual stuff gets done, too!  That's when I started to ponder on the huge challenge that young LDS mothers have, to not only take care of the physical needs of their children, but to add to that, make sure that daily they are developing testimonies of Jesus Christ.

I confess that I was not nearly the kind of mother to my three daughters as they are to my grandchildren.  I stand in awe of each one of them everyday, and feel so blessed to know that my grandchildren are being raised in righteousness.

I've told each one of my daughters that I expect them to be better mothers than I am.  Our motto is "Every Generation Better"!  Well, I'm here to report that they are doing it.  When I arrived a week ago my daughter had typed out the daily routine that I was expected to maintain.  And I mean expected!  Not only did it include every physical need the children would have, down to the brushing of teeth, but she also included their spiritual routine.   I'm here to admit that by the time they get home tomorrow, I will officially be POOPED!

My lovely daughter, Laura, with my two grandgirls
  

But don't get me wrong, I've thoroughly loved being here with my four grandchildren.  I've always enjoyed time alone with them.  Love being with their parents, but it is a sacred privilege for me, their grand-MOTHER, to have the chance to create spiritual moments with my grandchildren.  This is what drives wonderful, faithful LDS mothers, on a daily basis, to strive so diligently to raise their children in righteousness!  

So, when you wonderful young LDS moms are changing those diapers, doing mounds of laundry, driving those carpools day in and day out, getting that homework done, making gourmet dinners nightly, bathing your rugrats --  just know that pushing a little harder to make sure the spiritual things happen in your homes is worth every effort that you put forth!

My AMAZING daughter, Brittney and her adorable children
 I know this because I see it with my own grandchildren.  We've had some pretty hectic moments this week, but as we have taken time, even when I was beat, to read the scriptures, pray and discuss the gospel -- these sweet children simply melt by the spirit.  I have been blessed to hear the testimonies of each of the three older grandchildren this week, through wonderful gospel conversations.  This truly is a special generation of spirits we have before us.



I would like to honor my own three daughters, as well as all young LDS mothers, who diligently strive to raise their children in righteousness each and every day, despite the many challenges that you face to do so.   

A thought that I have pondered on occasion is this....  We have been taught that this generation of children have been saved for the last days, and yet it is my feeling that the parents who must raise this royal generation must be as strong, if not stronger spiritually, to help them fulfill their mission here upon the earth!

Today, I am thoroughly convinced of this truth.  Happy Mother's Day!

tDMg
Kathryn

Now, put your humor on and have a good laugh!

In Tha Muthahood Video



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7 comments :

  1. I love this post Kathryn! Glad you are surviving the week and that you had some special spiritual moments with your grandchildren....that, I am sure, made it all worth it! My mom used to always come take care of our kids so that Ben and I could get away so I try to do the same, but I don't have a big group like you do yet...thanks for sharing your experience! It will help me one day when I do! Loved the video too! So funny!

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  2. Thanks, Tammie!

    I really have had a great week here with my precious grandchildren. They are such great people. I love strengthening our bonds and making memories.

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  3. I loved the video Kathryn! Thanks for sharing it. I laughed out loud because I could relate so well. Having raised 5 children and now have 10 grandchildren I love being a Granny! 3 of our grandchildren live just around the corner from us and we get to have them often. One day about a month ago I had the 2 and 3 year olds here and they just about wore me out. I had forgotten just how much energy is required and that day my energy was pretty low. It is always so wonderful to be able to spend time with my grandchildren and wish more of them lived closer to home. Thanks again for sharing this post. Motherhood is wonderful but Grandmotherhood is the BEST!!!

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  4. Hi kuna granny,

    Glad you enjoyed the video!

    Sounds like you and I have a lot in common! And I will agree with you %100, that "Grandmotherhood" is the BEST!

    I love this stage of my life and that I've truly learned what is most important -- our families.

    I thought I understood this when my children were young -- and I did as much as I could. But, this whole grandparenting thing, well this just puts in all in such eternal perspective. I'm beginning to get just an itsy bitsy glimpse of what it must feel to have a fullness of JOY!

    Thanks for taking the time to comment. : )

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  5. I am not a grandparent yet, but my one married daughter and other almost married daughter, tell me "soon", so I am looking forward to what you describe. Thanks for the beautiful and encouraging words, not just for the parents of the young ones, but the grandparents as well.

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  6. Thanks! Very funny and just in time for Mother's Day. I located a list of the lyrics to this song at: http://www.squidoo.com/anita-renfroe-lyrics-in-the-muthahood

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  7. Thanks for the humor, that was fun. And I am just getting to the nana stage. I have returned home from 1 week with my two little grand daughters, aged 10 mos and 3 years. Of course, my daughter was there, so I did not have to do it all, but I thought, wow, how did I do this with 5 kids? Yea, I am 57 and I still have one home, aged 15. yikes. I was calling him, every night to make sure his school work was done. Glad I found your blog

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