The Magnificent Mystery of Motherhood

Motherhood is magnificent. And it’s a mystery. A magnificent mystery.

Mag Myst of Motherhood 1So complex and yet so simple.

From the preparation of pregnancy and the power of delivery, you learn that you are strong and capable. Then Motherhood introduces you to a type of love you had never before known. And as you take on this challenge you often feel totally inadequate and unprepared.

It is a mystery that you can be so exhausted that you wish you could change your name from Mama … and then smile at the sweetest sound of your little one calling your name at pick-up time.

That night time feeds are so glorious to be alone with your baby but so painful for your sleep deprived body.

That you can’t wait to put everyone to bed but then you creep quietly into the room, just to watch them sleep.

That you want to shake off incessantly clingy little hands during the day and then love to stroke those same hands as they sleep.

That you laugh at their mishaps and cry at their pain.

The mystery of motherhood makes you envy a child-free couple and grieve with a childless couple.

You love it when someone says how like you this child is, then you cringe when you see your less desirable traits in action.

You swell with pride when you say, “Only a mother could love a face like that!”

You know it’s true: “This hurts me more than it does you”. You really, truly know it’s true.

You can’t wait for them to walk, only to tire of chasing them all day long!

Motherhood means we encourage their inquisitiveness about life then run out of answers to ‘why?’.

You hate seeing them sick but love the extra cuddles they want.

You learn to yell louder than anyone – to be heard above the furious storm of sibling rivalry. Then you feel so disappointed with yourself.

You wish the tiresome toddler stage would pass quickly but cherish those grubby, chubby cheeks that beg to be kissed.

You smile with achievement as you wipe the last fingerprints off the fridge (again) then sigh knowingly because their childhood memories won’t include fridges and whether or not there are fingerprints on them.

Motherhood makes you reflect nostalgically on the good old days when there was just two of you with all the time, freedom and income… and yet you would never give up this magnificent mystery for that bygone peace.

This mystery where you train them for independence and then ache when they finally fly.

This mystery where you expend every atom of your being, every single day, and yet still feel like nothing has been accomplished.

And perhaps the most mysterious of all: motherhood evokes a deep certainty that this is indeed the most important job in the world, but as you carry out this most important job, you often struggle to feel content and fulfilled.


Once you arrive, there is no escape! But even if there was, you wouldn’t go anyway.

Ahhh, the Magnificent Mystery of Motherhood.

 The mystery of motherhood makes you envy a child-free couple and grieve with a childless couple. <<Tweet that>>

Enjoy the mystery! Blessings to you and yours.

Jenni xx


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This post is a link-up to Essentially Jess and IBOT (I blog on Tuesdays).

9 comments to The Magnificent Mystery of Motherhood

  • So true, so true. I am holding on to the little years though. I can’t get enough of the 15 month old. They are so little work compared to the older ones!
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    • Jenni @ MRL

      Oh Jody! That beautiful little stage kept me clucky for years after baby #4! Could have gone back except that I started mothering a bit late 🙂 xx

  • Thanks Jenni for your beautiful words. They are so true! I love that you’ve called it “The Magnificent Mystery of Motherhood” – that sums mothering up perfectly. It’s hard to understand sometimes how mothering can bring so much joy and be the greatest delight, but can also be the most stressful and hardest thing you’ve ever done.

  • Janine Ryan

    Words so true Jenni! It’s that hat I want to take off so often but want everyone to see me wearing all the time! It’s the urge of wanting grandkids so I can pass them back but wanting to hold onto my grown kids, refusing to acknowledge that they’re old enough to be parents themselves.

    Thank you for putting the ‘exactly!’ into your words. I couldn’t have put it better myself. Motherhood is one of life’s greatest mysteries!

    • Jenni @ MRL

      “It’s that hat I want to take off so often but want everyone to see me wearing all the time!” – yes, yes, yes! And tho I’m not at the grandbabies stage (yet!), I can imagine the mystery just continues!! Thanks Janine. xx

  • No one and nothing can prepare you for motherhood. It truly is the greatest blessing and experience in the world. It’s so complex yet so simple all at the same time! -Aroha
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    • Jenni @ MRL

      “No one and nothing can prepare you for motherhood.” I totally agree, Aroha! I was working full time as a midwife when I had my first baby and felt reasonably confident that I knew a thing or two about this business. Think again Mama!! Add the incredible depth of love and every little mothering action became an act of worship – I felt overwhelmed by God’s goodness in giving me this precious, precious gift. xx

  • Ruth

    So true and beautifully put Jen! I think the love we feel for our children is an insight into God’s love for us. I think this is probably how God feels about us. We muck up, but he still loves us bountifully.
    You are so right about those little ages..they are so special and very treasured memories for me. I am blessed to be allowed to still kiss the not so chubby cheeks 🙂

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