Monday, April 28, 2008

Mother's Day Giveaway



They say a picture is worth a thousand words or a thousand dollars in this case. The ladies over at 5 Minutes for Mom are hosting a Mother's Day Giveaway/Photo Contest with a gift of $1,000 thanks to Egg Beaters.
Here is my official entry but be sure to scroll down for my version of "Motherhood in Pictures," in honor of Mothers everywhere.


"Motherhood in America"
This picture really is worth a thousand words to me.

It is a picture of my husband receiving his Warrant Officer commission. I know it may not seem like a picture that reflects motherhood in the traditional sense of the word but it epitomizes motherhood to me. I am pinning my husband's new rank on his uniform, the uniform that he proudly wears to protect his family and our freedoms. We are together as a family supporting one another. The look on my husband's face as he gazes into our daughter's eyes melts my heart. Our son is the one taking the picture. I just love that it is from his perspective (he was 4 at the time.). It gives me a glimpse of life through his eyes which is a beautiful place to see life through.

Every Mom has struggles and faces adversity; military Moms are no different. Being a military Mom comes with its own challenges. My husband was deployed overseas when I found out I was pregnant the first time and he deployed again only days after finding out I was pregnant with our second child. I was very sick for the first 5 months of both pregnancies and it was hard being alone and wondering if my husband would come home to meet his child.
Being a military Mom means being strong when you are scared and feel like falling apart, forcing the tears away when you hear the stories, and helping your children and spouse feel connected despite the distance between them. Despite the difficulties that come with being a military Mom, this pictures reminds me to be thankful for the freedoms I have as a mother and to celebrate mothers everywhere; especially when I stop to think about the thousands of woman who die each year in these countries where my husband is deployed due to lack of basic care or when I think about the countless military mothers who experience childbirth alone or the Moms whose families are ripped apart by the realities of war.

I am blessed to have such a wonderful family to call my own and thank my lucky stars and stripes for every day we have together as a family. This is motherhood to me. What is motherhood to you?
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"Motherhood in Pictures"
Motherhood is a journey (not a destination)...


That includes playing in the rain...

And stopping to smell the flowers...

Sometimes, the road can be a little bumpy...

Other times, it's a walk in the woods...


Somedays, all you can do is laugh...


Other days, your hair stands on end and all you want to do is scream...


Somedays, you have to bite your tongue...

And other days, you have to be silly and let it all hang out...


But everday you have to revel in the beauty and innocence of childhood...

and thank God for every moment...!

7 comments:

The Pitter Patter Boutique said...

Cute! Cute! Cute! I just posted mine too.

Elaine A. said...

Ok, I love the bathtub hair one. What a lovely sentiment about your entry photo...

theragan3 said...

I think that this picture of you and your family is absolutely beautiful. to know that your son took it was just a bonus!
Erinn

Tracey said...

The list of pics is very sweet, but that last one, by itself, is a definite beauty, especially after the story behind it.

ABIGAIL LEE WADE said...

Lisa - these are awesome! I thought the picture trail one was so cute and then the story behind the one with your hubby getting pinned by you was soooo great! It was so touching! I loved the part where you say it's your son taking the pic and how it's cool b/c it's from his point of view. I swear I wish I had 1/2 of your thoughts - you do the best pics, ideas, blogs, etc. than anyone I know! (See, I stalk more sites than just yours and Pitter Patter Boutique - ha!)

Amy said...

This is a wonderful, wonderful posting! It would make a great scrapbook page :)

Jo said...

Your photos are beautiful. Your story is so touching. I thank and salute you and all military wives for holding the fort in these trying times.