Motherhood has certainly been tough. Often I feel like an octopus, multi-tasking a hundred-and-one things. I am nonetheless thankful to have my husband supporting me in this great partnership. When I come home to my husband and hear the sound of my children’s laughter, it’s all worth it. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t thank God for my countless blessings.
Parents as “First Heralds” of the Gospel
Yunita Poernama has been married to her husband Leo for the last 14 years. They moved to Singapore around the time of their marriage, and now take great pride in their 4 lovely children.
Ever since our first-born was a toddler, we made it a habit to read the Bible and pray together as a family before bed. With 4 kids of different ages, 2 school-going kids, a toddler and a baby, the prayer experience varies. On good days, we take turns to share our take-away from a bible passage and close with night prayers. On bad days, we might be scolding the kids when they don’t pay attention, with a toddler crying because she had just knocked her head and the baby fussing to be nursed.
But we persist anyway. Family prayer has been a daily habit for the past 10 years of our marriage.
Since kindergarten, we also teach our children to do simple house chores. Now, everyone, except baby, picks up a vacuum cleaner, mop or duster to clean up the house every weekend. The older girls take turns washing dishes after meals, iron their uniforms, help with simple cooking and care for the younger ones.
I have learnt to embrace my roles as mother, worker, cook, nurse, teacher and finally wife and lover. With God’s grace and the help of my family, I’ve been able to find meaning and purpose in the mundane tasks.
To every mother reading this article, God has chosen you and you alone, as He had chosen His own mother from the many women. Let us learn from Mama Mary to always say “Let your will be done” as we continue to walk this journey.
Contributed by Couple Empowerment Programme (CEP), an affiliate of Catholic Family Life. CEP hosts regular prayer gatherings on top of their titular programme. The next run of the Couple Empowerment Programme will begin from 1 August 2021. If you are interested, please register here: https://tinyurl.com/cepregform.