Becoming a mother has been one of the greatest gifts, but it also is one of the hardest things I have had to do in my life. The amount of energy it takes and the balance of being a working mama can be difficult to find many days. As I have navigated the new role of being a mama, I have realized that motherhood is one unique role to parenting. As a family unit parenting is essentially a team effort and I never truly understood the roles MY parents played until I became a mother myself. So, quickly, THANK YOU MOM AND DAD FOR EVERYTHING.
Today, on Motherhood Monday, I am here to talk about the father and more specifically the love of my life. I feel as if I do not have the right to generalize this post to all fathers and to be honest, this gives me a little moment to brag about my man.
His name is Sean. or I like to call him Hubs.
He is my husband, the love of my life, my best friend, my co-adventurer and the father to my beautiful baby boy, Jadon. I will share our love story another time, but to make it short. He is from Alaska, I am from Texas and we met half way across the world in Kenya. I knew the moment I met him that he would be my husband and it has been a beautiful four years together.
My husband is a fearless leader and sets our foundation strong by his love, support, but more importantly his faith. He displays patience, understanding and immense gratitude daily and I am honored to be his wife. Our family is more than just the three of us, but our family is our community. We have an open door policy in our home and my hubs is a father to over 30 street boys. Marrying into a large family was an adjustment, but I am so blessed that the boys adopted me as their mama.
So, why am I talking all about my husband on Motherhood Monday? Simply, because I know for a fact I could not be the mother I am today, without the support Sean has given me as a husband and one amazing father.
The role he plays as a father is significant not just for Jadon and all our boys, but for me.
I remember when Jadon was born and he looked into his eyes and cried of pure joy that his little boy had finally been welcomed into the world. He was such a proud daddy! For months, he showed all his friends in the community Jadon (and still does!). I also remember the first time two of our boys made it into University and he proudly took them to Nairobi and got them settled for school. The immense love he displays on a day to day basis is overwhelming and his heart knows no better but to give its best.
I am the mother I am today because I have a husband who is supportive, loving and sets a beautiful example for me of how to be one amazing parent. He loves unconditionally, forgives tenderly and gives grace that is restorative. He creates a space in our home where people always feel welcome and he daily makes me a better woman, wife and mother.
As his wife, I have gained much knowledge that I do not have time to share in this post, but what I can tell you now is that I know the role of a father in motherhood should not be overlooked. As women, we sometimes put up a wall, act strong and pretend we have it all together, but standing beside every strong and courageous woman is a man that is supportive, loving and so much more than words can portray.
Sean, my hubs, I thank you for making me a better mother everyday and showing me what it means to be present. I love you with all my heart and thank you for being an amazing husband, role model, and FATHER.
Challenge for today.
Do something special for a Father. This could be your husband, your father, your granddad or a complete stranger, but remind them that they are worthy, valued and a vital role in motherhood.