One night when I was babysitting my sister Debbie's kids and Joseph was a baby he was having trouble sleeping, and as I was holding him and walking with him my back and arms ached (Joe was a big baby). I kept thinking how does Debbie do this night after night with her tiny stick arms. It made me think of a quote that Morgan Freeman's character says in the movie Million Dollar Baby.
"If there's magic in boxing, it's the magic of fighting battles beyond endurance, beyond cracked ribs, ruptured kidneys and detached retinas. It's the magic of risking everything for a dream that nobody sees but you."
If there's magic in motherhood it's the magic of fighting battles beyond endurance. In the case of motherhood those battles of endurance are not just physical, they are emotional as well.
Watching my sister and friends become mom has given me such an appreciation for all that mothers sacrifice for their children. Particularly my own mother who will and often has given anything and everything for her children. I always have to be careful what and when I ask my mom because she will drop whatever it is she is doing and do it then.
"Look to your mother... No other person on earth loves you in the same way or is willing to sacrifice as much to encourage you and help you find happiness—in this life and forever." Elder M. Russell Ballard