Reflections on Motherhood (Part One)

Updated: Apr 29, 2021

Winnie- Mother of 3, Grandmother of 5

How would you describe your love for your grandchildren:

Being a grandparent is one of the joys of ageing. It is unconditional love. There's no feeling like it, it is like when my grandchildren look into my eyes and ask me questions. And they feel like I am this endless source of wisdom which is both flattering and untrue at times.

Has being a grandparent been different to what I expected?

To be honest, I was a bit anxious when we were expecting our first grandchild simply because

I thought of it as a sign of aging being called a grandma. But when I first saw my grandson, it was

an indescribable feeling of pure joy and pride. Some of the things I love about being a grandparent:

  • Being called "Nana" especially when my granddaughter says "You look young and pretty Nana"

  • I get to spoil them but still respects my childrens' parenting choices.

  • Share special stories of my childhood growing up in Samoa

  • They help me stay young at heart with the ever changing technology by helping me stay-up-to-date with social media (like using emojis appropriately) and troubleshoot technology

  • The hugs and kisses

  • Witness my children being great parents themselves

How do you teach your grandchildren the ways of God?

  • By walking the talk in my own daily life, therefore modelling what a godly life looks like.

  • Pray with them

  • Having honest relative discussions of issues/questions raised

Meaghan- Mum of 3

They say when a child is born, a mother is also born. How do you describe becoming a mother?

Nowhere near as glamorous as the magazines/tv shows make it look! It was the most confusing bundle of emotions all wrapped up together! It was feeling joy, intense love, anxiety, fear, frustration, fulfillment all at the same time!

How would you describe a mother’s heart or love?

A mother’s heart is one who feels all the feels deeply. It loves deeply, it hurts deeply. It feels immense joy and deep pain.

Has motherhood been different from what you expected?

Very much so! More exhausting than I ever imagined!

What has becoming a mother taught you?

It has taught me more about the unconditional love of God.

How do you teach your children the ways of God?

By talking openly, showing them what worship and prayer look like, bringing them to the house of God every week, reading the Bible together.

In three words, how would you want your kids to describe you?

Worshipper, Biggest-supporter (putting a hyphen in makes it one word right??) and Mum!

Jessie- Mum to 4 boys

What has becoming a mother taught you?

Becoming a mother has taught me to not sweat on