32. Still Surprised By Motherhood


This is a story from Lisa-Jo's favorite book baby, Surprised by Motherhood: Everything I Never Expected About Being a Mom.

With Mother's Day just around the corner, Lisa-Jo invites us to celebrate the ordinary wonder of ordinary motherhood. Spoiler alert: there's really nothing ordinary about it. Or, if there is, it's an astonishing, glorious kind of ordinary.

Whether or not we have children of our own, motherhood weaves its way in and out of our stories in often unexpected ways. This week, let's be transported by Lisa-Jo's story of how motherhood removed the blinders from her eyes and taught her to see the beauty and richness of ordinary life.

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  1. Beth Williams on May 11, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Lisa Jo,

    While I’ve never been a mother of littles-I have been a parent to my aging parents. It can be just as hard mothering your parents. I made it a point to visit mom & dad once a week on Mondays after work. Seeing if they needed anything & checking on her status. She was bedridden with dementia for two years till God gracious took her home. Like you I ran to ER often as dad fell a lot. Dealing with his emotions was hard. Especially when it pertained to dementia & psych. There were times I cried “God help me”. I don’t know what to do now. We had some good days in between all that. Maneuvering the medical merry go round was no picnic. I was always on “red alert” for a phone call about his condition. Yes. We pour ourselves out as love offerings. We do the hard things, deal with their emotions, health issues & get things for them. Dad got so bad I had to help feed him. One day at assisted living dad was trying to eat & his tremors made it almost impossible. I offered to feed him & he allowed it. Then the man to the right said “you will get jewels in your crown for this.” Talk about God seeing & speaking to me. I was & still am surprised at the strength & perseverance I had to handle it all. It could only have come from God.

    P.S. Happy Mother’s Day to you both!!

    Blessings 🙂

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