A Celebration of Motherhood

The Motherhood Collection: Coming March 9th, 6pm cst✨

I created this series of three paintings as a tribute and celebration of motherhood as I know it, and to encourage others to speak up about the beauty and importance of the role of Mother. Too often in our society, motherhood is overlooked, squandered, outright rejected, or trivialized – and it shouldn’t be!

The Motherhood Collection includes three prints, a hoodie (limited quantity), and two oversized Motherhood blankets. 

Proceeds from this collection will benefit Save the Storks, an organization that provides information and free ultrasounds to women in crisis pregnancy situations who are considering abortion.

I wanted to share with you my inspiration for this collection and my thoughts on Motherhood as a whole, so it’s a little long-winded! But I’ve broken it into three parts for you. Here goes.

 

Part 1:

I believe that all life has value, starting from the moment of conception. It is a sadness to pit mothers against their children – which our society does at every turn. The idea that you can’t be a successful human while also being a mother (such a prevalent theme in the pro-choice argument) is particularly disturbing to me.

Let me borrow the words of Mother Teresa:

“Motherhood is the gift of God to women. How grateful we must be to God for this wonderful gift that brings such joy to the whole world, women and men alike! Yet we can destroy this gift of motherhood, especially by the evil of abortion, but also by thinking that other things like jobs or positions are more important than loving, than giving oneself to others. No job, no plans, no possessions, no idea of ‘freedom’ can take the place of love. So anything that destroys God’s gift of motherhood destroys His most precious gift to women– the ability to love as a woman.”

You are a mother from the moment you become pregnant, and you remain one always whether you abort, give up, or keep your baby. What will your first motherly act be? Motherhood is an exercise in sacrifice, and the sacrifices we make shape us into better humans. It is good for us. It is the best thing that can ever happen to us. Motherhood is beautiful. Children are blessings. 

Society lies to us when it says that Motherhood is a bad thing. Don’t listen.

Part 2:

“Mommy Culture” is so exhausting and discouraging to me. As mothers, we are constantly met with the idea that you cannot be happy and be with your children at the same time. We see the memes and posts on popular social media accounts about how draining motherhood is, Wine Time, “escaping” our children like they’re monsters, exaltation in kids returning to school after a holiday, etc. So. Much. Negativity. when it comes to moms talking about their mothering experiences. 

We act like mothering young children and being happy are mutually exclusive. But they’re not! Children are not obstacles.

This quote from Charles Dickens is sweet:

“I love these little people; and it is not a slight thing when they, who are so fresh from God, love us.”

Children are meant to be enjoyed and loved. We, their parents, are all they have in the world, and their pure love for us should speak volumes. Someday they won’t be cute kids anymore – they’ll be adults, and if we spend their childhood treating them like burdens, what kind of relationship will we have with them when they’re grown?  

Love them. Cherish them. Spend time with them. Get to know them. 

Moms have to do difficult things every day – we have to go against our human nature of self-preservation and self-fulfillment, and instead sacrifice our own needs in order to care for the people we are called to love the most. It’s not easy. But these little people are constantly learning from us – we are their first and greatest teachers. I’d consider that a really important job. 

The attitude that children are hurdles in our lives is perpetuating and feeding the abortion culture, and it’s got to stop. 

 

Part 3:

“We all must face the choice between what is RIGHT and what is EASY.” -JK Rowling.

Motherhood in a nutshell. From the moment of our child’s conception, to the moment we die (I imagine) our lives as mothers will be filled with choices – do we serve ourselves, or will we serve first those who depend on us? 

I often get asked why I share things like this on my business account. “It’s so unprofessional,” I’ve heard, again and again.

I share because I believe in the inherent value of human life, from the moment of conception to the moment of death. I speak out because, in the words of Dietrich Bonhoeffer:

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil. God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”

I refuse to float on the tide of culture and let my values and beliefs be drowned out by the louder voices. These things shape our culture. And at the heart of everything is: Motherhood. Let them live. Raise them well. And yes, put them before you! In the age of self-care and self-love this is a horrifying concept, I know. But I believe it’s the only answer to living a fulfilled life (with Jesus by your side, of course). 

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

-Psalm 23:1-4

 

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