A Salute to Young Moms

I love being a mom. My first Mother’s Day with two daughters was in 2006.

mother-daughters trio 2006

Linnea was 3 years old, and Laurel was 7 months old. Aren’t they precious? As much as I miss rocking that chubby baby, I don’t miss all those sleepless nights for one single minute.

No, not at all. And now that they are 7 and 4 years old, we seem to be blooming better as a mother-daughters trio.

mother-daughters trio 2010

Probably this is because we are all getting more sleep! Plus it’s nice to leave home without bringing along the entourage of infant carriers, strollers, diapers, bibs, blankets, Cheerios and pacifiers.

Some of my dearest friends are still in this early motherhood stage, though, and since Mother’s Day is fast approaching, I want to tip my hat at them. It’s a tough stage, no doubt, and these moms need lots of encouragement in between all the diaper changes and feedings in their schedules.

As part of saluting these moms, I want to share the lyrics of two beautiful songs by Sara Groves, who is a young mother and a very talented, award-winning musician. She also calls the Frozen Tundra home. Both songs are from the perspective of a mother writing to her young child, and both are from Sara’s album called Station Wagon, which would make an awesome Mother’s Day gift for any young mother out there!

This first one I love just because it relates back to the popular saying about giving your children roots and wings. That was one of my mother’s favorite sayings, so I suppose that makes it all the more meaningful for me as well. 

Small Piece of You

I just want a small piece of you
a token to put in my pocket
and I will own that one thing
and it would make me happy
I just want a small piece of you
something to put in a locket
and I will look at it daily
and that will make me happy

I guess it’s human nature to want to hold you very still
I guess it’s in a mother to inject a little guilt
Go on son and see the world; I hope you see it all
But please please please don’t forget to call

Free to fly free to go free to not look back
That’s how free I want you though it scares me half to death
Free to wander miles and miles and free to come back home
That’s how free I want you though it chills me to the bone

…Go on son and spread your wings; I hope that you take flight
But please please please don’t forget to write

I know you’re just a baby sleeping in your bed
And you probably have other thoughts drifting through your head
I know this conversation’s a little premature
It’s just that I’ve heard eighteen years goes by like a blur

…I know that it’s not fair for me to hold you down now is it
But please please please don’t forget to visit

Free to fly free to go free to come back home…

The second song I find especially fitting for stay-at-home and homeschool moms.

I Can’t Wait

When you reach the proper age
I will teach you to read and you can turn the pages
How to dress and tie your shoes
Your one plus ones, and your two times twos
And you’ll teach me
Of hearts and dreams
And all the most important things
And all that i have lost along the way
And I can’t wait

As you grow, I’ll show you things
How to ride your bike and kick your legs out on the swings
To fold your hands and bow your head
How to say your prayers before you go to bed
And you’ll teach me
Of hearts and dreams
And all the most important things
And all that I have lost along the way
And I can’t wait

How do you sleep so peacefully?
How do you trust unflinchingly?
How do you love so faithfully?
How do you dance so joyfully?
Oh you’ll teach me
Of hearts and dreams
And all the most important (essential) things
And all that I have lost along the way
And I can’t
No I can’t
Come teach me
Of love and dreams
And all the most essential things
And all that I have lost along the way
‘Cause I can’t wait

God bless you, young moms!

 

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