#4 - The busyness of living. When my kids aren't around I almost don't know what to do with msyelf. Of course, while they're here I'm thinking of all the things I could be doing without them in tow, but overall I enjoy the hum in the background as I go about my day.
#5 - Learning along the way. I still remember and love when Elder Lynn G. Robbins said this:
A sweet and obedient child will enroll a father or mother only in Parenting 101. If you are blessed with a child who tests your patience to the nth degree, you will be enrolled in Parenting 505. Rather than wonder what you might have done wrong in the premortal life to be so deserving, you might consider the more challenging child a blessing and opportunity to become more godlike yourself. With which child will your patience, long-suffering, and other Christlike virtues most likely be tested, developed, and refined? Could it be possible that you need this child as much as this child needs you? (April 2011)
These children who I have been blessed with are truly helping me become who I am meant to be. That is really what I love BEST about motherhood!