Letting Go Of Preconceived Notions
“For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come.” Matthew 11:13-14
I led an adventurous life before kids. I backpacked Europe and South America for months on end, served as a missionary in Guatemala for three years through Franciscan Mission Service (FMS), and worked a plethora of interesting jobs. But all along, what I wanted most was a family: eight kids to fill my home with laughter and love.
When that dream started coming true, it wasn’t the vision I had at all. Like the missions and the military, I knew motherhood was the toughest job I’d ever love. However, I wasn’t prepared for the mind-numbing repetition, years of interrupted sleep, and the endless list of demands. Moreover, I wasn’t the mother I always envisioned I’d be. I always thought I’d be more fun, more spontaneous, more patient, a million more “mores.” I had only three of the eight kids I had wished for, yet I was still struggling to get through the days because motherhood was not what I had expected it to be.
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