Sunday, May 10, 2009

Motherly Love and All instincts Maternal

She is a great listener and as loyal as they come. Matter of fact, she reminds me alot of the biblical character of Ruth. Once she became a part of our family, wild horses couldn't drive her away (or triplets for that matter). She cooks for us, cleans my house, and most importantly cares for my children. "Care" is probably the understatement of the year. She loves my babies as her own. Not only does she love them, she listens to all my problems, encourages me to pursue my dreams, and even defends me with wild motherly rage (if it be necessary of course). Because of her own health problems, early in life, she never got the chance to give birth to children of her own. And after she met and married the love of her life, eight months later, she inherited four children from his first marriage. They were 4,5, 7 and 9.

She is a mother, despite her "buts" about not physically giving birth. She loves the Lord and that love flows directly out of her life. She is a picture of what "motherly love" looks like. And when you are around her, you feel loved.

Despite all of that, she always says that she wonders what "real maternal instinct" feels like. Since she didn't physically have kids, she doesn't believe that she physically has that instinct. So, since I like to define things, I thought we could clear this up once and for all. Since, we have already clarified that she is a "mother," we can clear up the instinct part.

an inborn pattern of activity or tendency to action common to a given biological species.
a natural or innate impulse, inclination, or tendency.
a natural aptitude or gift: an instinct for making money.
natural intuitive power.

Anyone that can stop runaway triplets in their tracks to keep them from harm, has instincts. Her ability to corral, motivate, and encourage my babies is a natural thing for her. She hops around my house like Mary Poppins snapping toys back to shelves and children into place (spit spot). To all of this, her humble reply to my praise is always simply "but I just like to help, that's just me." It is a supernatural gift to do what she does in my family day in and day out. And even more supernatural for someone to "enjoy" all the knitty gritty things that come with a house full of toddlers. The fact that she uses the term "dream job" just boggles my mind. As, trust me, many nannies have come and gone (some screaming) before her. So, now that it's all out in the open. I will say one final, thankful time:

Susan Marie - you encompass what it is to be a mother and to give motherly love. You possess all instincts that are maternal and we are blessed to have you as a member of our family.



nanny911 said...

How I feel right now I can not put into words but I am the one to feel blessed to be a part of your family. You are right, I love those babies as if they were mine and as soon as I learn how to make my umbrella take us flying through the air the babies and I are going to ride the hobby horses, sing and dance. Love ya to the moon and back.

VWK said...

I second those words. A remarkable MOTHER! A true God-send to the Kirkland family and household. I love your "Mary Poppins" name for her. It is perfect. Thank you, "Ooie" for loving Laci, Seth, Leyton, Jessie, and Robb.