Motherhood, my Garden

Motherhood, my Garden

The month of May was a special month here at xo Jalyssa Photography. It was so important for me to share mamas & their unique stories with you all.

I became a mama at the young age of 21, just shy of my 22nd birthday. My life changed forever & in the best possibly way. I quickly realized that motherhood was work, but a privilege. . . I learned that motherhood was messy, but a beautiful mess. 

To close out this months Mama series I want to share a little about myself with you all.

Motherhood is the simplest yet most complex of beauty. It is sanctifying & life giving. Motherhood is a kiss from God to a woman that brings a life long sense of warmth & love.

Becoming a mom for me was scary in many ways. It felt as if someone just had given me the highest expectation yet no job training. It took a while for me to realize the training was in me, buried deep down inside. I had no idea that as the sight of my 1st son, the tone of his cry, the needs of his little body would uproot that sense of nurture. I spent so much of my pregnancy and the first few months of his life afraid to fail that I struggled with a lot of “baby blues”. But it was as if one day I woke up & met myself in a new way. I was now “mama” & I would never be the same. I guess I just had to trust that God made me for this & it was going to be good.

Motherhood has taught me that . . .“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:4-7‬  This passage of scripture has really come to life since becoming a mother. 

Motherhood is my God given garden. This is how I have viewed motherhood & it is where my vision for this series has come from. It is as if God has given us an opportunity to experience Eden, but in our own homes. My boys are the fruit of God’s love & my labor. As I tend to them, prick & prune, water them, nurture & give nourishment, I know I will walk in beauty. The halls of my home will be filled with laughter like a thriving field of flowers. The bedrooms will be a place of rest & peace like a blossoming bed of flowers to lay our heads down in. This is my garden & I am truly blessed to be trusted with it.

Love you mamas, all of you. Each of us is unique & our beautiful gardens show the glory of that uniqueness. I celebrate you every day. xoxo Jalyssa

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