Photo Diary: Being a Mom



It's funny, I had so many preconceived notions of what motherhood would be like before I actually became a mother.  There would be lots of snuggle sessions in the rocking chair.  I'd be a well-planning working mother who perfectly balanced a career with raising a family.  And then I became a mother.  Neither of my girls like to be snuggled much less held and so the rocking chair sits unused in the corner of the room.  I tried to return to work, but felt my calling elsewhere.  I've learned the only thing I can expect in my day-to-day is the unexpected.  Nothing is absolute; things change each day, even hour to hour.  It's messy and crazy and it's wonderfully liberating to let go.  And these two girls who would rather adventure outside than snuggle in the rocking chair have filled my soul in a way that I didn't know I needed.  Soon these carefree days will be replaced with the structure of school and organized activities, but today I am embracing the picnics by the creek, mid-trail diaper changes, snake encounters, and numerous stops to pick rocks out of shoes.  This photo was taken at one of our many special places in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

FamilySarah Hartley