Today, I am thankful for the opportunity to be a mama. For the blessing that these four boys are to my world. Their sweet smiles, quirky personalities, and insightful questions remind me daily that motherhood is a tremendous privilege.Even the paint handprints on walls, sleepless nights, mounds of laundry, and snacks begging to be made give me reason to celebrate. They are reminders of the precious lives I am called to guide and shape.
I’m thankful for my own mother, who taught me so many things that will never leave me. From “always wear a slip” and “no white after Labor Day” to how to make cornbread the RIGHT way (always, always in a cast iron skillet). She pushed me outside my comfort zone to participate in leadership activities that shaped me into what I am today. While I didn’t appreciate the predawn wake up call as a teenager, I do now. There was work to be done and laziness wasn’t allowed in our house. Thanks for that, Mom.I am thankful for her mother and the mothers of generations past who painstakingly taught and guided their children, impressing the timeless truths of the Bible.I am thankful for a village of women who, while they didn’t give birth to me, loved and cared for me at times when I didn’t have my own mother nearby. They “adopted” me during my college years, when I was homesick and finding my way.
I am grateful for so many things as Mother’s Day approaches, but I am reminded of those whose day is overshadowed by grief and loss.
Ladies who aren’t able to hug their mamas or hold their babies. Women who quietly celebrate, holding back tears as memories flood their day. Please know that I am praying for your strength and peace as you navigate life without your loved ones.
Regardless of your season or station in life, whether or not you have your mother or loved ones present, I hope that you are able to find joy in the memory of your time spent together.
Happiest of Mother’s Days to you all!