I love Mother's Day. Not just because it is the one time of year I get to eat crab legs at home, and not cook or clean a stitch...and everyone HAS to be nice to me and to each other (this morning I told Jade for Mother's Day I wanted her and Brinley to not fight all day. She immediately agreed with a smile, and started to walk away. She then abruptly stopped and turned and said "you don't mean every day, do you? Just for today right?) I love everything about motherhood and the beauty a mother brings to the world.

Today, I wanted to honor not just mother's, but those with a mother's heart. There are some very special people in my life who are not mother's according to the world's definition. Some of them simply aren't "yet", and some will never be in this lifetime. I hope you all know who you are, I can see all of your beautiful faces in my mind. I want to tell you why I honor you today. You have taken "my" children, held them close to your heart, loved them unconditionally, served them, mothered them. A mother's heart has all of these qualities. We would take on their pain in a heartbeat were it possible. The kindest, most tender women become warriors in an instant when they are called to fight for their children. Whether these children are born to you or not, you have a mother's heart, and that is what Mother's Day is all about right? We are honoring the heart of a mother. So I say you ARE mothers, even if it is not in the way you would have chosen for yourself. Thank you for finding other ways to mother. I have no doubt you will have a great reward in heaven....

To my own mother, who sacrificed continually for her children, and still does, even with her own battles to fight. Thank you for having the heart of a mother. When things are too hard, or too scary, or too much, I call my mother and she gives me strength.

To my mother-in-law, who raised a righteous son in an unrighteous world, I thank you, because my children have a righteous example to look to in their own father. You hold your children and grandchildren in your heart, and it shows.

To my sisters and sister-in-laws, grandmothers and aunts, friends new and old, "mothers" or not, thank you for being an example to me. You are good women and I am blessed to know you and be a part of your lives. You each have a mothers heart.

Happy Mother's Day


Anonymous said...

I♥your Mother's heart

Dani said...

Ahh!! I cried, I seriously just cried reading this. YOU ARE SUCH AN AMAZING WRITER! I know you must hear that all the time, but seriously, you have a gift. I miss you terribly. -Dani