Light in Motherhood: A Collection of Short Stories
By: Melissa Harper | Date: July 1 2019
When We Find Light on the Darkest Days
By Jenny Howell
The rain was relentless, but we pulled on our boots and decided to be a true Pacific Northwest family and head outdoors even if it was dreary.
Hiking the trail lined with towering evergreens, one of my sons asked, “Mom – is it always going to be raining and dark here?”.
It was my most intense season of motherhood to date. Not because I had five kids spanning the toddler to teenage years, but because we traded our home, belongings, and best people for an epic adventure.
A journey that would take us to unknown places and join our hearts with fresh faces. We landed in a small town north of Seattle, packed in motorhome (not the fancy kind) at a camp where we would live, volunteer and wait on an open door for my husbands next job.
Sitting at the tiny kitchen table that also doubled as my daughters bed, I would get lost watching the water stream down the windows for hours, days, and months.
I wondered how much more enjoyable the waiting would be if the cloud cover would lift. So often, we depend on the clearings in life to fully embrace our current realities, don’t we?
I have found that light can be found in the darkest of days, depending on where we set our gaze.
I chose to seek light in the people along our path, the stunning beauty surrounding our family, and in the way our kids created moments that would become their unique story.
I love that we are the ones who can lead our kids into bright places, teaching them to find joy even when its pouring.
Let’s be moms who look beyond cramped spaces and life’s uncertainty to be seekers of light as we impact the hearts of our kids forever.
Jenny has been married for 21 years and is the momma to 5. She is a cold weather lover, professional coffee re-heater, survivor of RV life, and a reckless scenery junkie. Her heart beats for family and parenting her tribe.
Originally posted 2017-06-04 19:48:00.