Gratitude

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The number one thing in my life that I am enormously grateful for, is quality time with my daughter every day. This isn’t something I take for granted. It’s a great blessing, and I am so thankful for this. I am thankful that I actually get to spend most of my waking hours with her during this very special time of her life.

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To rediscover the world through her eyes gives me so much joy.

The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness. When you become a mother, you are no longer the center of your own universe. You relinquish that position to your children.                 – Jessica Lange

It is interesting that becoming a mother so totally can change what we consider important. I use to be really proud of my University degree. (Education is great, and I am glad that I invested in giving myself an education. I highly recommend a higher education as a stepping stone.) I felt very good when people asked me for advice (that happened all the time,) but I was never genuinely happy to get up and go to work. I liked my work, and was grateful that I had a god job, and a nice place to live. I never seriously considered quitting my 9-5. Now I am hoping that I never have to go back to it. I am hoping that when my daughter gets older and starts school, I will be able to be there when she gets home. As a single mom I definitely need to work, but I am grateful to be able to do it on my own terms.

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Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude. – Denis Waitley

If I in any way can guide my daughter to understandings that contributes to her happiness I have done what I came here to do. Of course I have a million more things I want to do, and contribute with, but that is the most important thing in my life. It is certainly a very exciting journey!
If you are a parent, how did becoming a parent change you?
/Maria

PS. I hope you enjoyed the photos 🙂

19 thoughts on “Gratitude

  1. Vilka fina regnbågar. Är det en dubbel regnbåge på det ena fotot?
    Att ha den nära kontakten som du och Hayley har måste vara guld värd.
    Tror att det är mycket bra för barn att kunna vara tillsammans med antingen mamma eller pappa eller båda.
    Kram!

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    • Ja, den ena regnbågen var ganska svag, men lite då och då kunde man se den.

      Det är det verkligen. Jag tror oxå att tid med mamma och pappa är mycket viktigt för små barn. Viktigt för alla barn, men särskilt för små barn.

      Kram

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  2. Beautiful photos. Being a parent changes me by allowing me to really see what is important in the world. It is not who has the best car or who makes the most money. But the most important things in the world are these little moments just like these that you captured. They are what give us love and love is always the thing that we truly need to live.

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