Mother's Day

This status update in honor of Mother's Day has been floating all over Facebook recently:

To those mothers with children in your arms, and those who are expecting, to the mothers with babies up in heaven, and those who are still waiting for a miracle: Happy Mother's Day. You are ALL mothers.

And is that not the truth? I have friends of all kinds who are mothers: some who've gone through miscarriages, some who are pregnant, some who are adoptive moms, step-moms, moms of kids with disabilities, moms of big families, and moms of only children. Mothers come in all shapes, sizes, colors and forms.
I have an aunt who was never able to have children who has been very involved in my life and very much like a "second mom" to my son. I'm so glad she's been able to be such a big part of his life. I have another aunt who has also kind of been like my "second mom." She's always been there for me and we've always been super close. I love spending time with her and her kids.
I feel like I've gotten a lot closer with my own mom after having kids. You come to realize a lot of things she dealt with or went through as a parent and she's a good source of encouragement. Of course sometimes after a rough day, I just want to call her up and say "I'm SO sorry if you ever had a day like today when I was little!"
I hope all you mothers have a wonderful day tomorrow! And for anyone that has a mother, grandma, aunt or someone who is like a mother, remember all the things she has done for you. Celebrate her daily, weekly and monthly - not just once a year!

In our own world today, motherhood is rarely sufficiently honored. One day each year, there are brunches and corsages and little gifts of love. But the rest of the time? As a culture, we do not respect the great gift of mothering. Women's work in raising the next generation is taken for granted. Yet it is a vital service to humanity, one that deserves to be acknowledged continually.
-Patricia Monaghan

5 comments :

  1. Hehe, I made that status update when I wrote it tonight! :) Though I have seen similar ones with the same sentiment.

    I like that quote. :) Doug posted this one earlier: "To be Queen Elizabeth within a definite area, deciding sales, banquets, labours, and holidays; to be Whitely within a certain area, providing toys, boots, cakes and books; to be Aristotle within a certain area, teaching morals, manners, theology, and hygiene; I can imagine how this can exhaust the mind, but I cannot imagine how it could narrow it. How can it be a large career to tell other people about the Rule of Three, and a small career to tell one’s own children about the universe? How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone and narrow to be everything to someone? No, a woman’s function is laborious, but because it is gigantic, not because it is minute.” -GK Chesterton

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  2. Really? I know I saw it on someone else's profile too! Or maybe it was something really similar. I'm going to have to go back & look now! Maybe your statuses are catching on really fast! :)

    That's a great quote! I love it!

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  3. I love that! I have not seen that on my facebook, sO I think I'll post it tommorow, thanks for sharing. & I too have friends that have all sorts of Motherhood experiences, I myself have gone through2 miscarriages, but blessed with 3 miracles. :) Happy Mother's day, gr8 pix!

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  4. I can be famous! :)

    I think there are just similar ones out there, because I've seen ones that were very much the same. And it was SO important to me to post a happy mother's day wish to those who've lost babies or who are still trying to get pregnant, because this day is so hard for them (I was in the "still trying to get pregnant" boat last year), and it's hard to not be recognized as a mother, even though you carry your children and future children in your heart.

    Happy Mother's Day to you, Shay! I hope your kiddos (and hubby) shower you with love and affection today. ;)

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  5. I think that is wonderful and something that is much needed too - just because you don't physically have babies here yet does not mean you are not a mother. Happy Mother's Day to you too! I had a really great day. :)

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