Motherhood.  Such a small word containing such a large meaning!  Yet, for each of us, it means something very different. 

 For a while now, I have been thinking about this very thing.  Wondering exactly what being a mother means to me, and what things are shaping me into the mother I want to become.  As I thought about this, I began to think about all of the incredible mothers I know.  The people they are.  The struggles they've gone through.  The joys they've experienced.  And I realized that each and everyone of them had a story to tell about their journey through motherhood.  

Truly believing that we as women can find our strength in each other, I thought it would be wonderful to start a mini series in which a handful of beautifully unique mothers shared what motherhood means to them.  So, Natashia and I selected six incredible women to share their stories, and then teamed up with the incredible Justin Hackworth to capture the true essence of each amazing woman.

For our first ever "Motherhood Is" guest writer, I thought artist and dear friend Brittany Scott would be absolutely perfect!  Never before have I ever met anyone so sure of who she is and where she's going as mother and a woman. She is simply amazing!

So, keep reading and be prepared to be inspired!


Photographs by Justin Hackworth

Motherhood is…hard. And rewarding. And powerful. And terrifying. And life changing. And inspiring, insightful, stressful, and pushes me to every limit, but because of that, it has also brought me the greatest joy and satisfaction I have ever felt in my life. It is hands down the hardest thing I have ever done, but with our greatest struggles come our greatest rewards and being a mother is no different.

My name is Brittany Scott, and I am a wife, a mom of three boys, a professional artist and a daughter of God. Of all the many hats I wear through my service in the community, family & church, these four hats define me the very most, are the closest to my heart and align completely with my life’s mission.

My children trust me and love me amidst all of my weaknesses and faults. They forgive me instantly when I get frustrated or lose my patience and as ironic as it may be, I am the only person they want to hold them when I am the one who disciplined them or hurt their feelings. They love me so completely and their example has taught me how to love. Although it is important to “reprove at times with sharpness”, I have found that it is more important to always “show forth afterwards an increase of love”.

Children push the boundaries because they are learning what boundaries are and they crave learning and experimentation. Mom’s have to be expert physicians, chef’s, school teachers, referees, scientists, mathematicians, engineers, artists, writers, and story tellers. They rarely get a break, but they are privileged eyewitnesses to ennobling moments too sacred to recount. It is a tough, relentless job, but it truly is life changing. I have literally been brought to tears as my boys have asked me questions or pointed out observations that many adults still do not grasp. They are so innocent and pure and have changed the way I see the world.

Being an artist, I tend to be drawn towards creative experiences for my children and I have found that they thrive, excel and have the most fun with life when they are creating something. I believe that is in part because God is the most creative being in the universe and we become more like Him when we create, but also because creating empowers their soul and mind to just be them. Confidence is born and nurtured as we overcome setbacks and achieve small successes, and creating fosters that growth. It teaches problem solving skills, teaches them to be original and to think outside the box and it teaches them to be proud of who they are and to find strength in who they can become. Creating dares children to dream, and encourages them to achieve those dreams. It also teaches kindness, not only to ourselves but to others as we champion the creative efforts of others.

Picasso once said, “All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." In our home, we honor all forms of creativity because both my husband and I have seen firsthand the value remaining an artist as an adult truly holds. My life is so much richer and fuller and I feel more confident, empowered and passionate because I am an artist, so naturally it is important for me to foster the same spirit of creativity within my children. We play musical instruments, we write and make up stories, we sing and dance, we paint, draw, play with play dough and clay, we cook together, we build things and tear them down and build them again and we laugh. Creating is integral to our lives and to our happiness as a family because it reminds us that it’s okay to make mistakes and it’s okay to try hard things.

Becoming a mom has forced me to weed out the unimportant things in my life and to redefine my focus because they will someday leave my arms and go into the world and I want them to be confident and strong, capable of moving forward with power to impact the world. There is so much strength, power and personal satisfaction in being a mother and I feel so humbled and so grateful for the opportunity I have to carry such a title.

Elder Neil L. Anderson quoted a Christian mommy blogger in saying, “Motherhood is not a hobby, it is a calling. You do not collect children because you find them cuter than stamps. It is not something to do if you can squeeze the time in. It is what God gave you time for.” I believe completely that being a mom to my three boys is what God gives me time every single day for. 

Continue to follow Brittany on her journey as an artist and mother through her Instagram account @scottstudios

Much love,

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