“ To the world you are a Mother, but to your family you are the World.”
Let me share my story.
I got married in December 2012. I resigned from my work in May 2013 and decided to be with my husband in a foreign country in June 2013. Living in a foreign land is not that easy as you need to learn to accept the norms, do’s and don’ts and most especially the language they used to speak aside from English. I chose to live in a country that is far away from the land that I used to live. I had to adjust as we start a new life and start a family.
Being a Mother is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had and dealing with fears you never knew existed. – Linda Wooten
Then I became a mom. I gave birth with my first born in 2014 and my life started to change in a different perspective. From being a wife, to being a mom in a span of months turn my life into another phase that I never imagine to be more exhausting yet rewarding. There’s such a time that I will cry because everything is new, and no one will guide and help me while my husband is at work. It’s just me. I just call my mom but then things are different when your mom is just around to help. Then came another blessing in 2015, my second child. It is an unexpected blessing and I’m so overwhelmed that my heart can’t contain the emotions that I cried. But everything happens for a reason, time goes by and things went well. Thanks to my husband who’s always there to support and help me all the way, when all we have is each other. And to God who allowed us to surpass all while raising our kids and building our family.
Being a full-time mom of 2 boys aged 6 and 5 years old is not that easy. It’s a never-ending endeavor that I am willing to fulfill. And I’m thankful I was able to take care, teach, guide and watch them as they grow. I’m forever grateful that God gave me my precious family.
“A Mother is someone who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.” – unknown.
A Woman I want to be.
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. -Neale Donald Walsch
Somehow even when you think you are all good and contented for being a full-time mom and wife, there are times that you think of yourself. Thinking if I can be better than the one that I used to be. I‘ve been stuck for 7 years while I’m embracing this motherhood. And sometimes I wonder if I could go back to work, be confident and successful on my own. It’s not just about the money that I will earn but the fulfillment of being successful in what I choose to do. But I’m afraid that I can’t do it while I want to give my best for my family.
I always pray for guidance to lead me the way, and finally one day I woke up, feeling excited, I tell my husband that I want to enroll in an online course and hopefully finding an online job. And he said “do it if you think it will help you”. I’m just so happy that finally I would be able to learn and try things I never did before and do what I want while taking care of my family in the comfort of our home. And now I’m starting to build my confidence and ready to give my best with the support of my husband.
And that’s it! We can be successful as a Wife, as a Mom and as a Woman as long as we allow ourselves to do so.
Written by: Laraine C. Perez