Lin Yutang once said “Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother.” These words still ring true today.  Being a mother is one of the most rewarding and some times the most frustrating job in the world.

Donna Ball’s words describe motherhood perfectly, “Motherhood is a choice you make every day to put someone else’s happiness and well-being ahead of your own, to teach hard lessons, to do the right thing even when you’re not sure what the right thing is… and to forgive yourself, over and over again for doing everything wrong.”

Multiple websites tell moms how to be a perfect parent, filled with fun birthday party ideas, amazing kids crafts, and everything else imaginable. It is easy to feel pressured, get distracted and to feel like a failure. Remember that “successful mothers are not the ones that have never struggled. They are the ones that never give up, despite the struggles.” Sharon Jaynes

Marjorie Pay Hinckley was quoted as saying, “I don’t want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed and with long perfectly manicured fingernails. I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp. I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbors children. I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone’s garden. I want to be there with children’s sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulder. I want it known that I was really here and that I really lived.”

What a great way to describe being a mother and motherhood. Being a mother isn’t just about the fancy play dates and birthday parties. It’s also about your journey. Remember to enjoy your motherhood and stop worrying about always being a supermom. The most precious jewels you’ll ever have around your neck are the arms of your children. So remember to pause, reflect and cherish small moments.