We have officially survived the first month as a family of five! To say the last month has been filled with pure newborn joy and laughter would be a lie. There have been many tears, shed by all, and there have been many nights where dinner just didn't make it to the table and the kids had cereal yet again (though I do not think they would complain about that!). The house has been messier than I like, the laundry has piled up for days and the kids have seen more of the screen than I particularly like. At the end of each day I have not always felt like I succeeded or like I did a job well done. And some days have just been hard!

I recently found this quote and just really love it! 

"The joy in motherhood comes in moments. There will be hard times and frustrating times, but amid the challenges there are shining moments of joy and satisfaction." - M. Russell Ballard

This quote perfectly describes the past month for me. Some moments have been hard and frustrating, but then there have been those shining moments of joy and utter satisfaction! Like when Tate holds Nolan and sings "I am a child of God" to him or when Maddie ever so gently walks over to Nolan to give him a soft kiss or watching my husband love and hold our new, little son. Those moments truly have outweighed all the hard and frustrating ones. 

Yesterday I was able to attend a women's conference and the keynote speaker talked about one of her father's key phrases which is to "enjoy it." In every activity, phase of life or trial her dad would say to "enjoy it." How could one really enjoy a trial or struggle or hardship she would ask. Why would you even want to? But then she continued to quote her father, "life is not only meant to be appreciated in retrospect... There is something each day to embrace and cherish." (President Dieter F. Uchtdorf). I just love this thought! I know there are and will continue to be hard, long days but every day has miracles, blessings and so much joy to be found. I pray each day I will be able to embrace those joyful moments (as small and few as they may be some days!) and appreciate each day I am given, especially given to mother these three wonderful children I have been entrusted. 

“The work of a mother is hard, too often unheralded work. Please know that it is worth it then, now, and forever.” -Jeffrey R. Holland ... another favorite!!

All photos taken by Shannon Krusling Photography

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