December 3, 2013

A New Blog Audience

Dear child for whom I pray,

Do you know the depths of my heart's longing to be your mother?

I have dreamed of you since I myself was a young girl, playing "house" with my dolls, pretending they were my very own baby. A girl of just 2 or 3 years old, I often clung to my dolly, as if there was something hidden away in the corner of my being, calling me to motherhood. Twenty-five years later and that calling feels like a desperate plea.

2013_12_03 - Baby Ashley

To the best of my ability I nurtured my own mother when she was sick on the couch with another one of her debilitating migraines. I bossed around my little sister and tended to her needs even when she'd rather do it on her own. Perhaps it was my firstborn placement in the family, my lineage of being Type A, or even a God-given leadership ability in the seedling stage, but my instincts are to care and provide for others.

Here I am in my 5th year of youth ministry and I know I have many, many children. I love each of them deeply, but someday I hope I can know the love only a mother can have for her own.

For now, I make you, my dear sweet child, the recipient of my blog writing. I want to share with you my favorite recipes, advice for how to be a teenager in this crazy mixed up world, what fun your dad and I have on vacations, and so much more. I pray my letters will be read by you one day, but for now they will serve to soothe my ache and bring joy, laughter, and encouragement to anyone else who happens upon them.

Love,
Mama

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    1. Thank you for helping me find my voice, Britt.

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  2. You are a beautiful, beautiful person, Melanie. I don't know if it was the message or the honest longing that brought tears to my eyes.I love you, friend

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    1. I love you too, dear one. Thanks for being in this with me.

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  3. I love this, Mel.
    I've been missing your posts. Please, continue to share these. This letter is beautiful, and you are beautiful.

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    1. Thanks so much, Amanda. I've been missing writing, but just needed a focus and vision. I think I've found it. PS - I am LOVING your blog with Josh. I've read them to Kevin and he especially likes Josh's perspective. ;)

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  4. I hope your prayers are answered soon. <3

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  5. Motherhood is never about how many a womb bore. Motherhood is always about how deeply a woman loves a child- hers, someone else's, grown inside of her or grown in her heart. You love deeply dear lady! Love. This is beautifully spoken and it makes me so proud to hear your voice , in joyous anticipation of your motherhood!

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    1. Wow, Tiffany, your words are so meaningful. Thank you for sharing and encouraging me.

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