this is the second installment in this sweet motherhood series and today we have Cindy from cinsarah sharing her thoughts on motherhood and her journey.
i met cindy years ago through church and she is one of the sweetest. she is currently part of the worship team at her church and not only does she sing, she plays the drums! she's one pretty crafty momma and has many diy projects featured on her blog.
cindy, tell us a little bit of your story and who you are a mom to?
Why is it so hard to talk about yourself? At least for me it is. Ok let's begin... my name is Cindy. My husband Omar and I have three kids, Joshua (7), Sarah (5) and Levi (1). I met my husband at church when he was in the military and would visit my church where his aunts would attend. I thought he was so handsome of course but never ever thought I would end up marrying that handsome man.
Little did I know he was the man I would pray for, the one God chose for me. He asked me to be his girlfriend on September 22, 2002, we dated for almost 4 years and then married in 2005. Joshua was born on September 22, 2006. It's not a coincidence it's actually an answered prayer. I prayed for him to be born on that day and God is so good, He answered my prayer. Our three kids have been answered prayers. God has been so good to us. We're not perfect, we have had our rough times but it's in those hard times where we have seen his Love and Mercy so beautifully shown in our lives.
motherhood isn't always what we expect, what about motherhood surprised you or has been different than what you expected it to be?
Motherhood is such a blessing and a BIG responsibility. I had Josh when I was 19 so I was young, I didn't know anything. It was especially tough because Josh was born with a cleft palate so he needed special attention. I didn't expect him to be born with this deformity. I was angry, upset and I didn't understand but I can now say I am thankful through it all because that experience taught me so much. Being a mom goes way beyond caring for a child. Through motherhood I've come to truly understand God's love for us.
being a mom is hard work, isn't it? but always rewarding. what do you enjoy most about motherhood?
Yes being a mom is hard. You are so right but like you said it's so rewarding. Without the tough times I don't think I would appreciate the good ones as much. I enjoy watching my kids, hearing them talk and seeing little bits of myself and my husband in them. I love when we go to church and I see them sitting in the front row singing and praising God. I love seeing them laugh and play with each other. I love it all!
let's talk balance. how do you find balance in tending to your daughter and also caring for yourself emotionally and physically?
I don't have it all together. Some days I feel I am on task and I feel productive. Other days I struggle to get out of bed and I feel so behind on everything. One thing that I started doing recently that has been a HUGE difference is eating healthier/exercising. Taking care of myself physically has made a difference in that I have a lot more energy and I just feel great overall. I don't work out everyday but I try to go running or biking once or twice a week and I do it with the kiddos so it's a win-win. We spend time together and I get a good workout!
as moms we strive to teach and show our children lessons shaping them as they grow, however, what is the one thing that you would want your children to grab on to and never forget?
If there's anything that I would like my kids to learn and keep with them is God's love. I want them to have a relationship with their creator. I want them to walk in his ways. That is my ultimate prayer for them, for God to use them. For God's purpose to be fulfilled in them and although they're still very young I also pray for their future spouses. It's important to pray for their future spouses! I learned this from my own parents.
cindy, mothers need encouragement always. what words of wisdom or encouragement would you offer to other moms?
Enjoy your kiddos! Love them and show them you love them everyday! That's it :)
such great thoughts Cindy. I love that her kiddos as small as they are already show a passion for God! and i totally feel you on the days you just don't want to get out of bed! haha.
thank you so much Cindy for sharing your story here today. :) you can find Cindy's latest diy's or cute kiddos' ootd's at her blog and through her instagram. @cinsarah