June 22, 2015

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Being a Mother...

From Emie: I have a request for you, mom! We have an investigator who is a few months pregnant with her first baby and as I'm sure you can imagine, a little bit worried! She really wants to raise her family right. When
we asked if there was anything we could do for her, she asked to hear
our mom's stories; how you raised us. So mom, how did you raise me? If
you could bear testimony about motherhood and email that as soon as
possible so I can start working on translating that for her, I would
very much appreciate it:) she hasn't been meeting with Us very much
because she's really busy, but I want to see her one last time before
I maybe transfer (transfer calls are next Monday). I know that's a lot
and it doesn't have to be anything big, but she would really
appreciate it and so would I:) love you!

This was what I wrote back:
Hi there,
Emie asked me to write about my feelings on Motherhood, and how I raised her, and my other 5 children. It was not easy! There were many long nights with fussy babies, and sick kids, and many exhausting days when I thought I couldn't possibly have the energy I needed to get through another day being MOM. There were days when I wondered how in the world I was supposed to know what to do with these many personalities, and when I wished there were instructions somewhere on how to raise good kids! The most important thing, for me, was to rely on my Heavenly Father when I didn't know what the heck I was doing. I remember my mom coming to help me when Emie was born--and when she left after staying with us for a week, my husband came into the house to see me sitting there rocking Emie, and sobbing! He said, "Why are you crying?" I said, "Because my mom just left--and I don't know what to do with this baby?!" He said, "It's ok, I'll help you!" I said, "YOU don't know what to do with a baby either!" It makes me laugh now, but I really was terrified! Things did get better from there, haha! We figured it out together. You'll be surprised at how much of motherhood comes naturally. Here is a journal entry from March 30, 1997 when Emie was just a little toddler, and I was expecting a new baby in a few months, her sister Erin:
"As I watch Emie grow up, I can see and understand so much more about how my Heavenly Father feels about me--and all of his children. I see her wanting to be independent, wanting to make her own decisions, and it makes me want to guard her, and protect her. But I also see how hard it is sometimes to let her learn from her own mistakes--as Heavenly Father lets us. It makes me so grateful for Him. That even a perfect parent can have children that make mistakes, but He can still have a perfect, unconditional love for us despite those mistakes. I want to be just like my Heavenly Father so that my children will know that I love them no matter what! My children are such a blessing to me! Emie has made our lives so rich, so full of joy and love. I am truly blessed to have a career as a mother. I am so blessed to have so much time to spend with my sweet girl, teaching her, and learning from her. My life has never been so rewarding and full as it has been the last year and a half, and I know that as more children come into our family, those children will only bring more happiness and joy to our family!"
When you become a mother, your whole life will change! As a mother, you will feel the hand of God in your life. You will know what your children need, even before they do. You will see your own life blessed as you sacrifice your time and your energy to help them. You will think of your child's needs before your own, you will hope and dream and wish for them to become all that Heavenly Father wants them to become. Being a mother is the greatest blessing in my life! I am so grateful for each of my children. My love for them only grows as they get older and go out on their own, and discover who they truly are. I have a special place in my heart for each of them! I wish you luck in the future as you have your baby and your family grows! It is an exciting and happy time of life--and it only gets better!

The pic is our first family pic after you were born. Man, we were babies! Use all of this or just parts, or make it better! Hope this is what you had in mind. I love you Em. Have a great week!



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