Mothering Matters

mothering matters

 

After church on Sunday, we sat and looked at family albums. Some pictures were around 100 years old. Pictures of my great-grandmother as a little girl that I had never seen before. Pictures of my Papa growing up with his three siblings. Pictures of my mom growing up.

 

And I was struck by how very much family matters.

 

By how much we are weaved together. I will never meet some of those family members until Heaven — but their choices have impacted my life. It’s part of the fabric of who I am.

 

By how very much today matters.

 

So often the day to day wears me down. The endless piles of laundry and dishes. The school work. The messes. The endless pattern of it all.

 

But the choices I make today, impact the future. It dictates how my boys will grow up and act. How they will treat their own children, their wives, and others they come in contact with.

 

I have been learning that mothering matters. It’s a calling. It’s not something for my spare time. It’s not some silly game. It really, truly matters.

 

God had such a perfect design when He created family units. We are to love one another, to support one another. To bear each others burdens. To lift one another up.

 

The world tries to discount what we do. It’s a lie from the enemy because mothering matters. We are the prayer warriors that stand in the gap for our children. We are the ones that nurture them. We are the ones shaping them and their futures.

 

So, it matters.

 

I have an effect on their children, and their children’s children and THEIR children’s children. It is beyond the scope of today. It’s knitted into the fabric of eternity.

 

As I enjoyed these old family pictures, it reminded me to enjoy each moment with my boys. To let go of the little things and focus on the big picture. To remember that mothering matters for today, tomorrow and the years to come.

 

 

About Layne Quintanilla

I'm a Child of God, wife, frugal home school mama, and blogger. Living each day intentionally & full of joy!

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20 Responses to Mothering Matters

  1. Stephanie May 8, 2013 at 9:38 am #

    What an awesome post! You are so right mothering does matter and I’m so guilty of mothering in my spare time. Too many times “let me finish this” has been my response to momma come play with me. Thank you Layne, for letting God use you to speak words of wisdom into my life.

    • Layne Quintanilla May 8, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

      Thank you for your kind words, Stephanie. It truly means so much to me!

  2. Shauna May 11, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    WOW, absolutely… As someone who has lost both my parents, I believe whole-heartily that family is everything… I never miss a moment to snap photos and always make sure they are kept safe and sound for the future..

    • Layne Quintanilla May 11, 2013 at 6:33 pm #

      I’m so glad that those photos had been taken and preserved! Thanks for stopping by, Shauna!

  3. Jackie May 11, 2013 at 12:41 pm #

    I agree whole-heartedly. Mothering truly does matter and what our grandparents did affect us, just as what our mother’s did and what we do with our children. We set the path, and in turn affect their children. I also sometimes find I Mother in between things that seem so important, but in the end, nothing really is more important is it? Thanks for the reminder, too.

    • Layne Quintanilla May 11, 2013 at 6:34 pm #

      Well said, Jackie! There are a lot of things that feel important to me.. but when you put it all in perspective, then you really know where your priorities lie!

  4. SHELLEY R ZUREK May 11, 2013 at 1:25 pm #

    I am so glad to welcome one more person to the fold who GETS IT!! Being a mom and the tasks that go with doing it (sorta) right are huge, the rewards are many. Good luck on your journey!

    • Layne Quintanilla May 11, 2013 at 6:34 pm #

      Thanks, Shelley! The rewards are definitely HUGE! 🙂

  5. Kelly Stilwell May 11, 2013 at 1:32 pm #

    Love this. Thank you. It does matter.

  6. Laura O in AK May 11, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

    I completely agree that mothering matters. That’s a big reason why I left the workforce, so I could be home for my kids. Although, I admit there are days when working for someone else seems a LOT easier than tending the homefires.

    • Layne Quintanilla May 11, 2013 at 6:36 pm #

      Haha! Oh, yes, Laura! There are days when I do think “what am I doing here?!?” But in the end, the benefits far outweigh the moments where I feel overwhelmed. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Sarah May 11, 2013 at 7:28 pm #

    Beautiful post! It always feels good to be a part of something larger than yourself and that is what motherhood is to me. I love that I not only affect my children, but their children and so on… I want to positively impact “fabrics” for generations. =)

    • Layne Quintanilla May 11, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

      Yes! What a beautiful way to say it, Sarah! Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Kyaw Sein May 11, 2013 at 11:27 pm #

    Mother truly matter. Even after a quarter of a century with my mother passing away I still long for her, still hearing what she said to me to keep me on the right track of life, of the love and compassion she bestow on us and teach us how to look into our inner self to find love and compassion. I missed her a lot but at time still think she was near me, watching me how I am bringing up my children.

    • Layne Quintanilla May 12, 2013 at 11:28 pm #

      Thank you for your beautiful comment, Kyaw. I hope you enjoyed your Mother’s Day and that it was filled with happy memories of your mom!!

  9. Jenn June 12, 2013 at 9:23 am #

    The eldest boy in the pic…is that your papa? I see certain characteristics of Jorryn in his face.

    • Layne Quintanilla June 12, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

      That is Papa’s brother, Raymond. Papa is the second oldest on the far left! 🙂

      • Jenn June 13, 2013 at 3:05 am #

        I love that you shared this! 🙂

        • Layne Quintanilla June 13, 2013 at 10:40 am #

          🙂 I just read yours as well… it’s awesome! Hats off to you! 😉