On day 4 of our #MotherhoodSeries, I would like for you all to get to know Lacey. Lacey is the wife to John and Mom to Easton (6) and Evan (9 months). They live in Jasper, Alabama where Lacey is a RN. Lacey stays busy with a job she loves, running around with her boys, and spending time with her family.
What it means to me to be a mom.
My name is Lacey McClain. I first became a mom at 28 to Easton who is now six. I became a mom the second time around at 33, to Evan, who is now 9 months old. Motherhood has been a fantastic journey, and honestly, my one regret in life is not having them sooner! (I’m still not sure what I was so scared of!) The quote “If I had could turn back time, I would have met you sooner, so I could love you longer” definitely has a sweet spot in my heart. I am, by no means, a parenting expert. I really don’t know much about being a mom after the age of six. I honestly learn as I go. But I do know that God (and my husband) have been my constant through this amazing process. People say that children do not come with a set of instructions, but I would have to disagree. So far, the Bible has been my companion and my guide to training my children “in the way they should go.”
Being a mom definitely starts with loving and putting God first. (But that goes along with everything in life, right?) I also love my husband second. I always have to remember, it started with us, and will end with us.
Being a mom is exhausting most of the time. It is definitely not a job for the faint of hearts. It is being pushed to the edge of the cliff, and then being brought back with a smile, hug, or an “I love you, Mom”. It’s rocking and patting a crying baby in the middle of the night when you can’t hold your own eyes open. It’s waking up crying until noon because your baby looks slightly different the he did the day before. It’s finding sippy cups in the floorboard of your car. (Who knew milk could ever look like that?!) It’s playing toys in the living room floor. It’s finding peace and contentment in the simplest of moments. It’s being there for them in both their successes and their failures. It’s showing God’s grace and mercy to them as you think back on the times that He has shown the same to you. It’s teaching them about life and God’s love, all the while He is teaching it to you. It’s knowing when to hold on and when to let go as you remember that they were never really yours to begin with. It makes the scripture “to pray without ceasing” come alive. It’s putting their needs above your own, while teaching them to put others first. I believe it the perfect image of the way that God loves us, unconditionally, no matter what. It’s molding and shaping them into the person He wants them to be.
So no, it is not for the faint of hearts, but it is definitely all worth while.