One Lucky Mother: A Photographic Journal of Gratitude

Motherhood is nothing like I imagined; it’s better.

Motherhood messy, ugly, smelly, and hilarious. Motherhood is raw, real, and unapologetic.

Motherhood doesn’t care how educated we are, how much time we’ve devoted to parenting books, or the depth of our good intentions. Motherhood transforms our rigid thinking, forces our creative genius, and leaves us believing in more.

There’s a lot to be said for the unexpected joy and chaotic beauty of motherhood. I love my life and the scattered remains of Goldfish crackers under my couch cushions. I love the tiny hand-prints all over my walls. I love the laughter when it’s loud and deep. I even love the tears when I can take the pain away.

Boys, thank you for allowing me to be your mother. Because of you I’m more, better, and forever humbled. I will work every day of my life to be worthy of the glory you’ve somehow found in me.

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    Feeling lucky
    "A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path."
    ~Agatha Christie
  • Home life 2 of 25
    Home life
    "I love motherhood more than anything. It's like it's the whole reason for my existence now."
    ~Kate Winslet
  • Great expectations 3 of 25
    Great expectations
    "The beauty of 'spacing' children many years apart lies in the fact that parents have time to learn the mistakes that were made with the older ones which permits them to make exactly the opposite mistakes with the younger ones."
    ~Sydney J. Harris
  • Perfection 4 of 25
    "Motherhood was my triggering point for trying to understand the meaning of life."
  • Loving arms 5 of 25
    Loving arms
    "In the final analysis, it is not what you do for your children but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings."
    ~Ann Landers
  • Funny guy 6 of 25
    Funny guy
    "Sometimes the laughter in mothering is the recognition of the ironies and absulrdities. Sometimes, though, it's just pure, unthinking delight."
    ~Barbara Shapiro
  • Maybe I’m amazed 7 of 25
    Maybe I'm amazed
    "Children reinvent your world for you."
    ~Susan Sarandon
  • Sleeping beauty 8 of 25
    Sleeping beauty
    "A mother's arms are made of tenderness, and children sleep soundly in them."
    ~Victor Hugo
  • Love is pain 9 of 25
    Love is pain
    "The joy of parenthood is to experience the development of a 'lively' child into a fine human."
    ~Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • Great heights 10 of 25
    Great heights
    "Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials."
    ~Meryl Streep
  • Perfect moment 11 of 25
    Perfect moment
    "A mother's arms are more comforting than anyone else's."
    ~Diana, Princess of Wales
  • Toddler trials 12 of 25
    Toddler trials
    "Motherhood is too powerful, too weird, too awful to be anything less than the province of Godhood."
    ~Janet Maloney Franze
  • Cozy time 13 of 25
    Cozy time
    "The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness."
    ~Honoré de Balzac
  • My boys 14 of 25
    My boys
    "Sons are the anchors of a mother's life."
  • Funny face 15 of 25
    Funny face
    "The story of a mother's life: Trapped between a scream and a hug."
    ~Cathy Guisewite
  • Gratitude 16 of 25
    "It will be gone before you know it. The fingetprints on the wall appear higher and higher. Then suddenly they disappear."
    ~Dorothy Evslin
  • Small wonder 17 of 25
    Small wonder
    "My mother was the making of me. She was so true and sure of me, I felt I had someone to live fore, someone I must not disappoint. The memory of my mother will always be a blessing to me."
    ~Thomas Edison
  • Strong and kind 18 of 25
    Strong and kind
    "If a man has been his mother'sundisputed darling, he retains throughout life the triumphant feeling, the confidence in success, which not seldom brings success."
    ~Sigmund Freud
  • Snow bunnies 19 of 25
    Snow bunnies
    "A mother's heart is a patchwork of love."
    ~Author Unknown
  • Comfort 20 of 25
    "Love and respect are the most important aspects of parenting, and of all relationships."
    ~Jodie Foster
  • When wishes come true 21 of 25
    When wishes come true
    "Youth fades; love droops, the leaves of friendship fall; a mother's secret hope outlives them all."
    ~Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • We are the champions 22 of 25
    We are the champions
    "Mother's love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved."
    ~Erich Fromm
  • Looking up 23 of 25
    Looking up
    "Men are what their mothers made them."
    ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Weird and wonderful 24 of 25
    Weird and wonderful
    "Trying to be Supermom is as futile as tring to be Perfect Mom. Not going to happen."
    ~Arianna Huffington
  • Watching in wonder 25 of 25
    Watching in wonder
    "The future destiny of the child is always the work of the mother."
    ~Napoleon Bonaparte

I don’t know what I ever did to get so lucky.

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