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Shalom,

Being a mother has taught me more than any other experience in my life. From the moment my first child was born and I looked in to her eyes, I made a vow to myself to always remember that being a mother is the greatest gift from God. Although at times life can be overwhelming, the most important thing to me is my family.

It is amazing how we adults look at ourselves as the teachers and leaders for our children. But God has shown me that the simplicity and depth of a child’s mind and actions can teach us a tremendous amount if we simply open our hearts to them. From my children I’ve learned about love, joy, trust, and how to have a sincere connection to God through prayer. Watching and listening to them reminds me to put my full intention into every action I perform, every conversation I have, every prayer I lift up to God. They teach me to be present in the moment, and that every second we are on this earth is a blessing from God to enjoy.

We adults are proud of our ability to multitask. Yet this can lead to not being fully present when doing something. Watching how my five-year-old daughter focuses solely on me when she speaks, concentrates hard during a game, and seems completely connected to God while she prays, reminds me that sometimes multitasking must be put aside. Sometimes I simply have to live in the moment.

Sometimes my three-year-old son cries and begs when he wants something, showing complete faith that I have the ability to give him anything in the world. This reminds me that I must pray to God with the faith that He is listening and has the ability to supply my needs. And, like my son when he receives a present or treat, I must be joyous and thankful to God for all of the blessings in my life.

I’m inspired to find happiness in the simple things in life when I watch my children laugh and shout as they jump and splash in rain puddles. The way my angels’ faces light up when we pick an avocado from the tree and eat it on the spot gives me new appreciation for the wonders of God that we adults simply call nature. Watching my children play and learn reminds me what a gift life is, and how God wants us to enjoy it.

My friends, I’m pleased to tell you that I’ll be welcoming our third child into the world soon. And, as I prepare for this amazing event, my prayer is that that I will never forget to thank God for the many blessings He has rained down on me, and that I’ll remember to enjoy the simple moments in life. I have learned through parenting that the method to stay happy and faithful during the stressful moments in life is to take a moment to recognize the good in every situation and praise God for it, just as it says in Psalm 113: “From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the LORD is to be praised” (v. 3).

With blessings from the Holy Land,

Yael