Sunday, May 14, 2017

Motherhood and Mother's Day

Being a mother has been one of the most special and eye opening experiences for me. When I embarked on this journey, I never would have imagined I would learn as much as I have. To love a soul so deeply without desire for anything in return exemplifies the pure love and goodness that we human beings are all capable of--that is how I would describe my motherhood experience. I try to keep it simple in Clan Huntington by embracing my role as a mother and enjoying the mundane activities with my children. My love for my children is a simple one and it seems that's all they really want or need. Even though it's a tiring and challenging task (wheelchair aside), I'm so grateful for the opportunity to be #rbabyboston and #radorableaudrey's momma!

I couldn't have gotten this far in mothering without the examples and help of my husband and the women in my life. This Mother's Day, I'd like to reflect a little on the women who have helped me along my journey as a mom. Their examples inspire me to be the mom my children need and deserve. By being just who they are, they've positively impacted my life, and that of my children, in so many ways.

The first woman in my life is my mother who is a brave and strong being. She survived a genocide in her home country, Cambodia. As a child, she experienced many unbearable things that no little girl should have to go through. Growing up, we had many challenges understanding one another as our way of seeing the world was so different. It wasn't until I learned more of her story that I realized what a miracle it is that she is here and how amazing she is. It has taken years, but I am grateful for the strength she demonstrates and showing me that I can do hard things.

Utah, 2016

In high school, I had the greatest AP Literature teacher, Mrs. Cat. She has the heart of a saint and the mouth of a sailor (jk, not kidding). She has gone through some really hard trials and has demonstrated great faith in God. She is so accepting of people from all walks of life. She took care of me during some really hard times in my life, and continues to take care of me and my little family today. She is always someone I could talk to and go to for advice (especially really radical, outlandish ones. lol). If I ever need a good laugh or some inspiration, she's my go-to gal. She has taught me to trust in God and not take life too seriously.

Kitty Cats, 2017

On my foreign exchange in Brazil, I was given some of the most magnificent host moms. My first was Mãe Telma. She is all sorts of amazing. For her, family is always first. She is my inspiration for balancing family, a full-time job, service, friends, and fun so well. I'm always captivated by the stories she shares from every day life and travel adventures. And I'm touched by the kindness and empathy she gives so freely to everyone. She inspires me to look for the good and carpe diem.

Yosemite National Park, 2014
Mãe Marilene is the gentlest of all souls I've ever met, and anyone who meets her would say the same thing. She is so kind and so easy-going with everyone. She's my "chorona," because she is super sentimental, and I love her for that. I miss the days of learning to do different craft things with her like crocheting, knitting, and scrapbooking. She inspires me to slow down, enjoy the little things, and live simply.

Foz do Iguaçu, 2007

Ana Cristina is special to me in so many ways. For one, I had never met someone who helped me understand and love the LDS faith so passionately. Her explanation of miracles instilled in me a desire to know more of God and better understand His love for me. She encouraged me to apply to BYU, where I ended up meeting my husband (we owe her for A LOT). I am grateful for her love and kindness.

Brazil, 2007

Last, but not least is my mother-in-law, aka Boston's BFF/Lola (Filipino for grandma). We thank God for her in our prayers each night because of all the work she puts into helping us with our little babies while we're at work and school all day. She loves and cares for her grand babies like her own babies, and provides the number one care to them. We are so, so grateful for this woman and her love and sacrifice for her family.

Philippines, 2015

There are so many other women as well who continue to inspire me on a daily basis at work, school, church, etc. My heart is especially full for these women in my life. I'm grateful for the beautiful ways my moms have contributed to my journey--for I'd be lost without them. Admittedly, there have been so many times in my life that I have missed these women so much that my heart ached and cried for them. I'm so grateful for advancements in technology and ease for communication, so we can always share our thoughts and continue our forever friendship. It takes a village to raise a child and I'm glad I have women of great strength, humor, faith, kindness, family, adventure, and simplicity as part of my village. Happy Mother's Day!

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