I love spring time. And spring time with a toddler is so amazing and magical! Last night, we went on a walk after dinner as a family, saw some ducks and ducklings in the canal, which Bekkett always loves. When we got back, Des was sleeping and Greg had to go back to work, so we left Des in the stroller and Bekkett and I explored outside.
This spring, Bekkett is obsessed with “cahh…” aka rocks. He wants to be holding or throwing rocks into the canal at all times. We saw 2 male ducks, 1 mama duck and 10 WHOPPING DUCKLINGS in the canal and so we watched them for a while. After feeding them the heal of a loaf of bread, we sat on the canal bank and I found a caterpillar inching his way across the ground.
I picked him up and showed Bekkett what he was doing and Bekkett kept saying, “Mom” and holding out his hand to hold the caterpillar. We passed it back and forth 5 or 6 times and he just kept saying, “Mom”…and pointing at it.
Watching this boy grow and seeing him learn and develop is the most rewarding experience of my life. His curiosity and love of learning makes me happy. No, not every day is perfect, or close to it. But, in those moments, sitting on the ditch bank, passing a caterpillar back and forth and seeing his face light up, make all the hard times worth it.
He reminds me daily, in the midst of hard times, that I am the luckiest!
Some days, like mine today, reading this just gives me hope. I really needed this today. Hope whoever reads this benefits from it too.
Do you ever just have a hard day, wondering if what you do on a day to day basis matters? I have had a couple of those days, in a row. And as I was up nursing Desi tonight, my answer was given.
“Where e’er thou art, act well thy part.”
I remember so many times hearing these words from my grandparents on my moms side. And these words were reiterated to me when Sister Dalton spoke in conference.
There was a paragraph that was my answer tonight.
“As daughters of God we are each unique and different in our circumstances and experiences. And yet our part matters—because we matter. Our daily contributions of nurturing, teaching, and caring for others may seem mundane, diminished, difficult, and demeaning at times, and yet as we remember that first line in the Young Women theme—“We are daughters of our Heavenly Father, who loves us”—it will make all the difference in our relationships and our responses. (2013 April General Conference, We Are Daughters of Our Heavenly Father, Sat. Morning Session – By Elaine S. Dalton)”
These words stuck out on my screen, because if I remember WHO I AM and my holy calling as a mother, I need not question if my contribution to this world matters, I will know it matters! And as the knowledge is instilled deeper within me, I will ACT WELL MY PART and do what I am called to do. And I will know that I matter! And I will be HAPPY!
May I do so.