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The Greatest Joy of My Life

written by Shahna Janssen, Director of Community Education

Kid's mothers day drawingMother’s Day is right around the corner and I can only feel grateful for the wonderful mother that I was blessed with, and for the opportunity to be a mother myself.  I have found motherhood to be incredibly rewarding and equally challenging. My experiences as a mom have been both fulfilling and humbling.

I remember the day I came home from the hospital with my first child. I was awestruck by this new little person and an overwhelming sense of responsibility that came with him. I really didn’t know what to do or where to begin. He began to cry and I began to panic. I’d done everything that I could think of, but nothing was working….so I just started to cry too, and my husband was struck with fear.  In a moment of clarity, I called my mom, because she would know just what to do. And she did! The answer to all my prayers (at that moment) was a miraculous little invention called a pacifier. J

And so it goes. I didn’t realize it then, but that would be the first of many moments when I would question myself and my abilities as a mom. As my kids continue to grow, they continue to encounter circumstances that I’m not sure how to deal with (and we haven’t even approached the teen years yet).  I quickly figured out that “parenting” was so much easier before I’d actually had kids! That was when I could observe other people’s missteps and vow that that I would do things differently and that naturally, my kids would never misbehave in public. Yes, that was a lovely and short-lived fairy tale.

But, I’ve actually found the reality of motherhood to be even better. It is perfectly imperfect.  I’ve made plenty of mistakes and I’ll make many more. I’ve even done and said some of the things I vowed I never would. However, the things I’m learning from my kids through this journey are pretty incredible. Being their mom is molding me into a better human being. Motherhood is, without question, the greatest joy of my life.

Wishing you great joy, along with a little peace and relaxation, this Mother’s Day!