Art, Motherhood

My Mother’s Day Anniversary

I believe my first post was about Mother’s Day and last year on Mother’s Day weekend was about when I got serious about being an artist – so I guess you could say it’s my Mother’s Day anniversary as an artist and blogger. I had a goal to post every week when I first started blogging. Ha! I was so ambitious. I kept it up for awhile, but I’ve had to give myself some grace with since adding two more kiddos to the mix, working one year as a virtual assistant and taking on my art hobby. Giving myself grace is something that motherhood forces me to do.

I’m really not the best mother. I get impatient, bored and frustrated. Then there are days when everything flows so well. I am energized, patient, creative and fun. I pray my children will remember those days and not the days that I had to bury my face in my hands to keep from screaming for them to put on their buckles.

Mother’s Day can be a hard day for a lot of women. I have friends who have lost their mom’s, lost their children or are waiting in tearful frustration for the day they will get to be a mom. I see you, I hear you and you are not forgotten.

Becoming a mom has been the most mind-bending experience for me. After having my second son, I met a woman whose children are grown and married who mentioned that having children gave her a whole new understanding of God. It felt cliche to me, so I gave some response and moved on from the conversation. I had not yet experienced that enlightenment and was arrogantly skeptical of having the same experience.

I was a fool. So many times, I think of Luke 11 when Jesus asks “If a son asks his father for bread, will he give him a snake?…If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”. As in, I wouldn’t actively try to hurt my own children, but rather, I seek to provide for them experiences, moments and things that will bring them joy. Of course my Father in heaven does the same.

But he also says in John 16 that “in this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

In a way, it gives me comfort to know that Jesus himself said we will have trouble in this world. It’s ok that not everyday feels like the perfectly Instagram post. It doesn’t mean there is something wrong in my relationship or understanding of God. He has already overcome the biggest obstacle – death.

I have greatly digressed, but those are some thoughts that keep coming back to me, so I felt compelled to share.

About the Art

This is an illustration of an instagram blogger that I follow. Sina and her daughter – actually her whole family – post the most adorable photos. I always wonder what kinds of things she bribes them with to get them participate. I can’t get my kids to take a picture without bouncing, much less posing on a chair holding a prop.

Workouts have changed a lot since my mom was working off her baby weight. I remember my sister and I popping in her Jane Fonda workout video and throwing on our red, polyester leotards to exercise. C’mon, you remember it…

I always felt kinda bad for this chick because it was called Jane Fonda’s workout, but she was the one leading the whole thing! And SINGING!!!!

These gifs are from a blog post from 2013 that I found, you have to check it out. So many great moments!

For this illustration, I really tried to keep my lines and the shading loose. I usually outline everything with a black pen, but I realized a lot of the art that I love has these loose lines with some well-placed pen marks. I also usually use marker for skin tone, but I’ve been trying to do everything with watercolor.

Anyway, I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend. I am having bacon tomorrow, so yay for me!