October 5, 2011

A tender moment

The other night we put Cole to bed at around 6:30 pm because he was exhausted somehow. He slept soundly until about 11:30 pm when Steve and I were getting ready for bed. So I got him and fed him as Steve fell asleep. Cole was practically asleep as I nursed him for a good 10 minutes at least. But when he was done, he looked up at me and his sleepy eyes locked with mine and he just smiled at me for a long time it seemed. The way he looked at me I knew that he felt safe and secure it my arms. I could tell that he loved and adored me, his momma :) It melted my heart and I couldn't help but cry! It was such an innocent, tender, loving moment; I will never forget it!
Then he fell back asleep and I put him back in his crib.

This little experience reminded me of how grateful I am to be his mom! I love being a mom, it is the best thing I have ever done in my life and this is only the beginning!

It also reminded me of my favorite talk from General Conference this past weekend. Neil L. Andersen gave a talk about the importance of having children and one of my favorite quotes was when he said:

"Motherhood is not a hobby, it is a calling. You do not collect children because you find them cuter than stamps. It's not something you do if you can squeeze the time in. It is what God gave you time for."
You can watch the whole talk again here:

I'm so grateful that God gave me my time to be a mother! 


  1. Lauren, what a sweet post :) Cole is such a lucky boy to have you! You're incredible and I've always looked up to you :) I love you tons.
    And that talk is amazing!

  2. That was one of my favorite talks too. Thanks for sharing!

  3. what a tender experience! thanks for sharing it with us :) I can tell you (as his mother) and Cole (as your son) are blessed to have each other. And being a mother is such a privilege...Elder Andersen's message is dear to my heart. that last part of the quote you shared struck me when I listened to it too! "It's not something you do if you can squeeze the time in. IT IS WHAT GOD GAVE YOU TIME FOR." I need to remember this more often :)

  4. this was definitely one of the talks that stuck out to me during conference.
    and your post almost made me tear up. so so sweet, lauren!
    i can't wait to be a mother and have a moment just like that.

    oh gosh... just thinking about it makes me full with happy tears.

  5. You guys are all so sweet! thank you for your kind words :)

  6. What a sweet post, Lu! I loved that talk too! I think I'm going to go write that quote up on my chalkboard, so I can see it often. :)

  7. Love it.

    And what a great talk! I especially love that he includes how private a decision it is, and how people should be sensitive to that. I get so sick of a hundred people every Sunday it seems like asking me why we don't have any kids.

    I'm sure you're a great mama, and I still can't wait to meet little Cole!