Shaped | Motherhood Monday

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"The process of shaping the child shapes the mother herself. Reverence for her sacred burden calls her to all that is pure and good, that she may teach primarily by her own daily example."
The Shaping of a Christian family, p. 126

A mother is a quiet servant of necessity. I do the work no one notices, tasks my daughter doesn't recognize as sacrifices of love. I don't think she'll notice them anytime soon. It took me years to recognize all that my own mother has done for me—even now I am discovering things as I parent my little one. My mother led me by example; there were times she asked me not to do as she did so that I could be better. I think this was her prayer when she felt like she wasn't enough. My flaws have become so bold, so evident that I find myself praying the same thing. The revelation is not in the shortcomings but in the transformation. I am being shaped and equipped for the sacred burden of motherhood.

Entre Cisnes y Sonrisas

I marvel at the friendships that have lasted through the test of time (and distance) in my life. Tatiana is one of them. I have photographed this family before, last year to be exact. Actually, last April, I saw her in Puerto Rico and confided in her the suspicion that I may be pregnant. She was one of the few moms I trusted my fears with. We've known each other for many years. I can trace my oldest memory of her to elementary school. We went to camp together and crossed paths after we graduated high school. Never in a million years would I have thought that our paths would cross again but I am so thankful that they did. She's a beautiful soul, an amazing mom and an aspiring teacher (Waldorf Theory). She got to meet my little one. She treated me to pizza and I treated her to pictures. Because you know, pizza is the way to my heart.