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Sheri Brown Van Buren

For me, carrying weight immediately brought to mind motherhood. As my physical weight increased during pregnancy, so did my understanding of the weightiness of caring for, protecting, and shepherding this young life in ways that are ever changing, but that last for the rest of my/this child's life. Then birth: several pounds of physical weight was shed at once, but the weight of responsibility increased 1000X with this tiny, helpless baby in my arms. In my current stage of caring for small children I'm very aware of how much weight my words and actions hold in their lives. I wonder what positive lessons I'm able to pass on during these years while their primary relationships are still with family, and also wonder if there are things I do or say that may land them in therapy later! Motherhood is one of the biggest weights I'll ever carry, and an immense privilege.


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