Every year, one day in the month of May, Mother’s are celebrated. I know this day can be hard for a lot of people. I know that some of you don’t have great moms. I know that there are some of you who have buried their moms and their only wish would be for one more day with them. I know that there are some of you who know the pain of not having kids of your own to call you mom, and if you were to have just one wish, that would be all you would wish for. I ache for all of you.
There are a variety of moms. Those who can do crafts, remove all sorts of laundry stains, drive carpool, etc. I want to celebrate mother’s out there. I can’t imagine that I will celebrate all of you, so I will apologize in advance. Feel free to leave a comment so that we can remedy that.
For the single mom: You do more than seems humanly possible. You probably can’t rest when you want to. I can’t imagine you feel like you are understood, appreciated, and you may feel lonely. I want you to know that you are one of the hardest workers I know, and I admire you.
For the mom who adopted: The joy you experienced I am sure can’t be explained. You opened your arms and heart to a child who was made for you. You worked hard to get here and deserve to be celebrated.
For the birth mom who loved through surrender: When you surrendered your baby for adoption, you gave a gift and you gave selflessly. You are amazing. Don’t ever doubt that.
For the mom of a special needs child: You have to help break down barriers, and overcome more obstacles than other moms. You are a soldier for your child. You often feel lonely and a lot of people don’t understand. You overcome the stares of strangers. You show what it is like to love a child without limits. I admire you. I know your child loves you, even if they can’t say or express it. Please believe that.
Teen moms: You are probably spoken of more in a negative light, but please know that you are not the first, you are loved, and you are special. Yes, you are probably judged more harshly, but love your baby because no matter what your age when you become a mom, your child is depending on you. You may feel ill-equipped. Guess what? A lot of moms do, but unfortunately, people may want to mistreat you because of your age. Don’t listen to haters and those who judge. Keep doing the best you can and listen to your mommy instinct.
Caregivers: You have a gift. You are an influence more than you may ever know. You love on children when their parents can’t. You help shape who they are and I hope you are appreciated by the kids and their parents. I know this mom appreciates those who love on my boy when he is in the nursery and those times I work outside the home.
For the mom who mourns: I am convinced there is no pain greater than the pain of losing a child. It doesn’t seem natural. It isn’t the way it is supposed to be. Parents are supposed to raise their kids, not mourn their loss. Please keep living, even when a part of you died.
I can’t talk about Mother’s Day without a shout out to my mom. My mom had me at 17. My dad had just turned 18. They are still married to each other today. She never blamed me for opportunities missed. She never complained about the way her and my dad did things. She never condoned either. She never looks at me with regret. Both my parents have helped lead me to the Cross, and for all of this, I am grateful. Thank you mom. I love you.
I also need to give a shout out to my Mother-in-Law. Thank you for raising your son, my now husband. I know you are proud of him. You should be. I love you.
So moms, I hope you have a Happy Mother’s Day. What we do is valuable and irreplaceable. I know we have a lot of doubts, but please, don’t doubt your worth. Moms, we make mistakes, but tomorrow is a new day. Please, let us not dwell, but learn from mistakes and celebrate the gift that you are–mom.