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Can you ever get just *one* tattoo?

On tattoos and motherhood

“I only want one tattoo. No more.”

Those were my famous last words, as they say, and sure enough, two years after my first tattoos, I ended up back at a tattoo shop on Sunday.

Before I got my wrist tattoos, I’d always wanted a tattoo to represent each of my children, so you could say I’ve been thinking about this tattoo for years. But I’ve been actively considering different ideas—birds versus arrows, forearm versus shoulder—for several months.

On tattoos and motherhood

In the end, I settled for arrows as a visual representation of Psalm 127:3-5:

Behold, children are a (gift) from the Lord,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth.
Happy is the (wo)man who has (her) quiver full of them;
They shall not be ashamed,
But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.

I love this word picture of motherhood…the children of my youth, a gift from the Lord, arrows in the hand of a warrior, a full quiver…and I love having it on my arm (as opposed to my back, where I was originally planning to get it) as a reminder that I can see.

{Trina from Beginner Beans wrote a beautiful post on why her arrow tattoo is her ebenezer for motherhood, and she says it much better than me!}

On tattoos and motherhood

I designed this tattoo myself (although my tattoo artist did have to simplify it in a few places), and the six arrows represent our kids in order from left to right.

There isn’t any symbolism in the actual arrowhead or fletching design used on each, but the four circles on the shafts represent the babies we miscarried before each of those children were conceived.

I really, really love it, and I’m so glad I finally got it done.

And yes, I’m pretty sure this was my last tattoo. (I know better than to say never, though!)