NAS: All the Childrens

Do you have children in your life? What is your relationship with them like? Do you have godchildren, and how do you form a relationship with them? Does having children in (or not in) your day-to-day life make you feel happy, wistful, or wary (of having your own someday)? 
Thanks to Lindsay!

I mean... do you read this blog?! HA! I feel like all I ever do is talk about the adorable kids that I am blessed to have in my life. :)

I have always, always loved kids. From the time I was little, I remember always wanting to dote on and take care of any children that were younger than me. I never had any younger siblings of my own, so perhaps it was my way of experiencing that joy, just a little bit.

Without knowing it, I was taking my spiritual motherhood role very seriously!

I babysat. I coached swim team. I worked in the kidscare at multiple local gyms. I became a pediatric nurse. I worked in a children's hospital. I taught CCD. I went to serve at an orphanage in Honduras. I am a school nurse now.

To say that children are my life is.... an understatement. I can't imagine ever working with kids in some way for the rest of my life. I LOVE KIDS. And there is nothing else about it. :)

And then, I had the honor of becoming an Auntie (and again) and a Godmother. I didn't think I could love kids as much as I love those girls. I joke all the time (but I am kiiiiind of worried) that I will not love my own children as much. :) I love them in a way that I didn't think was possible. And I know that, god-willing, I will indeed love my own babes as much, probably more. But, it's a love that's hard to fathom!

Kind of like God's love for us, really.

But, I digress.

I know that I am sooooo fortunate and blessed to live really close to my goddaughter, Zuzu. I was there the day after she was born, and have pretty much seen her every single day of her little life so far. This is such a blessing. So, it's easy to cultivate this relationship, ya know? I try not to take it for granted. I soak it up as much as I can (which isn't hard!) and bring the joy of the faith to her. It's super helpful that her parents are amazing at this, already. But, I love love LOVE being able to talk about God and church and Mary and the Saints with her, too. It's a part of our lives. And her little 2 year old self gets it. Sometimes more than us grown ups. :)

As far as my nieces... we don't live close. :( We Facetime. I get updates from my bro or SIL. And we take a TON of pics when we are together. I do my best to tell the girls that I am thinking about them and that I love them. But, it's hard when we don't live close and there is a time difference. But, we make it work. I am honored to be their Auntie. I hope I can show them, as well, how amazing God and His love is, too.

I am also so lucky that my friends have cute kids, too!! :) They let me dote on them and be silly and take lots of pics. Because, that's what I do!

Overall, I am just the luckiest girl. I am so blessed with so many kids that I LOVE. And then the kids that I am called to love everyday at work. I have learned so much about children, their minds, their hearts and how amazing each and every one of them are. There isn't a day that goes by that I am not smiling because of some kid.

Not one.

And for that, I will be forever grateful.  Do I hope that I get to experience the joy of my own children?! Absolutely. But, for right now.. at this time in my life, I am called to mother in this way. To the kids in my life. And, it's ok. I am happy with that.

Do you have kiddos in your life?! Tell us about it and linkup below!!

Do you support the selfie trend? Do you think it promotes self absorption, vanity and narcissism? Is there a way to incorporate selfies into the Church's teachings of modesty, authentic beauty, humility?Thanks to Hannah!

2/3: Qualities in our Husbands
What are the qualities and characteristics that you are looking for in your future husband? We have talked about what we don't want, but it's good to have an idea of those things that are important to us. Discerning religious life? This applies to communities, as well!

2/10: Loneliness
We all have times when we feel alone. What are ways that you combat loneliness? Pray? Join a group? How can we encourage each other to stay positive? 
Thanks to Laura P!

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  1. Love this! And I love how you mentioned spiritual motherhood. I never even heard about that until entering the big, bag world of awesome Catholic bloggers. It's an intriguing topic, as I see so many young Catholic girls pursuing nurturing careers and things when families of their own don't come along right away. There's got to be something to that! Thanks for sharing pictures of the cute kids in your life - what a great topic!

  2. Oh, man. I did not even consider all the cutie-pie photos this topic might inspire! I wish I had more kids in my life. I might use this as motivation to reach out more to my local friends with kids. Some part of me from my old life is afraid of seeming baby-crazy, but especially if I never have my own, I need some snuggles! I'll even change diapers or clean the house while Mom is with the baby. Teamwork makes the dream work.

  3. I always love seeing pics of you and Zuzu - warms my heart!!!


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