Spend Time with Loved Ones

As I navigate through my new role as a mother, with my little one just a few short months away from being born, I have been reflecting a lot on motherhood and the role it has had in my life.

God blessed me with a wonderful mama and I don't take that for granted. It is thanks to her and her prayers that I am where I am today and that I am who I am now. In my teenage years of rebellion and thoughtless decisions, she never gave up on me, and instead, would uplift me in prayer every chance she would get. In fact, my mom to this day prays three rosaries each day, bringing me to the Blessed Mother each time she does so.

It seems like just yesterday I was that little girl, learning from my mom, watching her in all she does. A source of my nurture, comfort, and admiration. And here I am now, a wife and mother myself, preparing myself to do the same for my own daughter.

It's surreal. The cliché saying "time flies by so quickly" is a line that couldn't ring truer. It seems that the weeks, months, and years are just speeding up. I can't help but realize that just as I am getting older, so is my mother.

I was born later in my mother's life; she was 45 when she had me, so I grew up having parents that were older than all of my friend's parents. And I wouldn't change a thing about it.

This year, my parents will be celebrating their 54th year of marriage. Needless to say, their witness of love has had an incredible impact on my life and upbringing. It makes me sad to recognize that just as time is flying by for me, in that time, my parents are also getting older. With the busyness of life and priority of my vocation, I don't get to see them as much as I would like.

But, nonetheless, I am grateful to recognize this as being the case. It has encouraged me to go out of my way to see them when I have moments of free time and to really enjoy and spend those moments with them, giving them my full attention. All our conversations, memories, and time together will all have the weight of gold one day - they already do. And I have chosen to savor every minute of those moments.

So today, my sisters, call your mother. Let her know how much she is loved. Make some plans with her if you haven't seen her in a while. And if your mama is no longer around, take some time to say a little prayer for her and know that she is still with you in memory and spirit. If you never had a relationship with your mother, take some time to call or make plans with the person who played that role in your life.

Let us acknowledge that just as we are getting older, so are our loved ones. Let them know how much they mean to you.


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