Notes from the Anook Community - Chris

Motherhood is a transformative journey, filled with moments of immense joy, profound love, and unexpected challenges. It is a role that encompasses boundless strength, unwavering dedication, and an indescribable bond with a child. Each woman's path to motherhood is unique, and every story is worth celebrating.

In this series, we bring you an intimate collection of inspiring narratives where women from all walks of life share their personal experiences of motherhood. From the joys of pregnancy to the realities of postpartum, the triumphs and struggles of raising children, and the profound lessons learned along the way, these stories offer a glimpse into the diverse and transformative world of motherhood.

Through this series, we aim to create a space for women to connect, support, and uplift one another. We believe that by sharing our stories, we can find solace, inspiration, and empowerment. Whether you are a soon-to-be mother, a new mom navigating the early stages of parenthood, or a seasoned parent, we hope these stories resonate with you, reminding you that you are not alone on this beautiful yet challenging journey.

Days are long but the years are short….
I remember being in the throes of raising two toddlers while working full time outside of the home all while maintaining our home (grocery shopping and cooking, cleaning, scheduling appointments, etc. you know the drill) and ending each day exhausted.  And those early child rearing days felt long — too much to do and trying to do it all.  I would think once my son was potty trained and my daughter was sleeping though the night life would easier.  Or once preschool and kindergarten started for both kids I wouldn’t feel like I was on this repetitive cycle of day in and day out. But one day it dawned on me that the week just flew by, or the holiday we were celebrating was already over, and I yearned for those long days again.  It felt like it was a year ago that my son started college yet he graduated this June.  Any my daughter’s first year of college began and ended in a blink of an eye, and we’re now organizing getting her ready for her to return in two weeks.  I love being with our now adult children, but I find myself looking back at old photos and mementos from when they were just kids and those long days.