“Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had and dealing with fears you never knew existed.” – Linda Wooten
I have now gone by the name of Mom for longer than I haven’t. The role of Mom is so ingrained in my identity and who I am today.
I have been a mom for 26 years.
For many reasons, Mother’s Day is a holiday that holds so much emotion for me. I started my motherhood journey a little earlier than most, two months before I turned 18.
I will always remember that day, that moment, like it was yesterday. People tell you how much you will love your child, but you don’t truly understand it until you hold that baby in your arms.
When I first held my son, the child who first made me a mom, I was changed forever. I credit the person I am today because I was lucky enough to become his mama at such a young age. I had to grow up early. But we grew up together and learned together. I can’t imagine my life any other way!
Since then, I’ve added two more littles to my tribe. There is truly something special about being a mom. I can honestly say that I love being a mom more than anything. My children bring me pure joy – a joy I did not know until I held each one of them in my arms.
Yet, motherhood is exhausting and frustrating! We’ve been sheltering in place and distance learning for eight weeks. I hear “mom” 10,428 times a day! My feisty little girl makes me question my parenting skills daily! But then, at the end of the day, she crawls onto my lap and tells me I’m her best friend.
Be. Still. My. Heart.
These three are my world and are a big part of why I started E and Co. Clothing. It was important to me that I create something they could be proud of. I may have become a mom at a young age, but that didn’t stop me from following my dreams. If anything, it helped propel me towards those goals. I wanted to show my children that if you have a dream, you need to work hard and follow it.
And, now, part of the dream is that all this time and hard work will pay off into something they can be a part of in the future.
Happy Mother's Day!