Mama seasons…

It’s that time of the year when we celebrate motherhood, but really it’s a life long celebration & a life time of seasonal change! Welcome to our time of tea & reflection together…dear friend…

I’m doing something different today, I’m brewing two tea blends in one pot! I have Lady Grey & French Earl Grey teas… It’s amazingly good, with a slice of toasted gf banana bread topped with butter & a drizzle of maple syrup…scrumptious!

This weekend in many parts of the western world Mothers will enjoy a time of celebrating their motherhood with their children, grandchildren & maybe even their great grandchildren!

But what about the women whose children are no longer living nearby or those mothers whose children may already be spending eternity in Heaven…

What about the women who so desired to be mamas but motherhood never came in the biological sense…

I encourage all women who have a Mama’s heart & even those single Dad’s out there who are juggling the role of mothering..to celebrate & enjoy the day…

 

 

Being a Mama is the most important & rewarding job in the world that a woman can be called to do (whether biologically, adoptive, step, fostered, kin or familial mothering) & also the most challenging!

There are many seasons within motherhood…

The arrival of Spring… brings that promised new life, the long awaited child has finally arrived & joined the family…& it feels as though they have always been.

Spring times...herald the Joy of watching our child’s budding new growth bloom into something wonderful & amazing.

Summer times...bring hot & sweltering days of doing the hard yards of parenting through love, sweat & tears in the heat waves of life…leaving us feeling weary & tired. Wondering if this season will ever end with its constant source of pressure!

Autumn times…with its welcomed temperate days & beautiful colors, this is the season in which our child seems to be in that time of contentment. All seems right with their world & ours!

Wintery times...seasons of quite contemplation, where our child is becoming or has become their own person. Though still needing those times of joining us around a warm & cozy hearth of love & support, especially when those stormy blasts of life come a blowing…

Of course just like our crazy weather patterns where we can experience temperate,  hot & cold temperatures in one day. We can also experience all four seasons of parenting in one day!

However, as our child transitions from one season to the next traversing from being a toddler, through childhood, adolescence & adulthood we also need to adapt & transition to the seasonal changes of motherhood.

Our babies, who were totally dependent upon us for their every need back then. Is not what an adult daughter or son living in their own life needs nor wants from their Mama.

We need to respect this, although this may be difficult at first, it’s necessary for building a healthy adult relationship with them.

They will always need our love & support in some form or another & what shape that takes may need negotiating over the changing seasons of both our lives.

However, we can still continue that all important personal cheer leading for them ~ one encouraging & supportive Mama = a full squad!…Cheering encouragement like;

 You can do it!  I believe in you & you’re doing an amazing job!  You’re the best!  I love you & think you’re awesome!

As you may know, if you have joined me here in a time of tea & reflection previously… I have chronic health conditions which have greatly impacted every area of my life, limiting my capacity to support my family in the way I desire.

But one of the greatest supportive roles I can can do as a Mama, is pray…& I can still do this even with chronic health conditions. It’s a very important supportive love in action that I do everyday…as the following text highlights;

“…The prayer of a believer is powerful & most effective…” 

James 5: 16

Until next time dear friend…

Jennifer

 

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  1. How beautiful your reflection about motherhood! It is a myriad of things that words can barely describe and yet you have captured so many facets of it. It seems it is when we are older that we see more clearly what motherhood is and how it shapes us as much as we might shape our children.

    Blessings on you for all you share here with us many miles away as we see your courage and faith in the midst of your pain.

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    1. Thank you Pam for your encouraging words. I agree as we reach these delightful golden years, we can truly appreciate both the hard yards & the blessings of motherhood that have molded both our children & us.
      As we look back, while enjoying the present blessings, we can be excited for what the future holds. ♥

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  2. Jennifer, I always know I can come to share tea with you and read encouragement. Motherhood definitely comes in seasons. We waited thirteen years before ever becoming parents. It is still my great joy to be a Mother to my adult son and now a grandmother to his two little girls. Thank you for ministering truth in the midst of your pain. Happy Mother’s Day ❤️

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    1. Happy Mother’s day! How exciting it must have been to have him finally arrive & the blessing continue through your cute little granddaughters.
      It’s a great privilege & a joy to share a cuppa & time of reflection with you Pam from my little corner of the blogging world ♥

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  3. There are seasons in motherhood, aren’t there. My children are all grown up, but they still need my husband and me. New relationships spring up with grandchildren (what a blessing!) and new friendships develop with our adult children that were not possible when they were younger. Happy Mothers Day, Jennifer!

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  4. Such a sweet way to look at the full circle of motherhood. As an empty-nester – and a mother marked by grief – it is sweet to look back through all the seasons. From this point of view, it seems easier to notice and appreciate the joys specific to each season – and to be so grateful for each one! I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day this weekend!!

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  5. Such a beautiful post celebrating Mother’s and Caretakers of children everywhere, dear Jennifer… Must share! 💞 Every day is a season to celebrate that amazing love. Prayer is, indeed, one of those ways we continue to bless our children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and children and families everywhere. Mother’s Day blessings and love, dear friend. xo

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  6. Thank you Jennifer, for your encouragement to pray for our children through every season. And for the reminder that their seasons change, but our seasons will change too. So very beautiful. Blessings and Happy Mother’s Day to you!

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  7. This part had me laughing. “Of course just like our crazy weather patterns where we can experience temperate, hot & cold temperatures in one day. We can also experience all four seasons of parenting in one day!” So true with parenting. And so true with where I live. Mothering is not always easy, but it is one of the best things I am doing.

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  8. Beautiful reflections, Jennifer! My daughter and I were just talking this morning about how hard but how blessed we are as mothers. It reminded me of what my mother said one time. “Being a mother is the hardest job I ever had but I wouldn’t trade it for the world.” Blessings to you, Jennifer, from one mother to another! I’m your neighbor at the #LMMLinkup.

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