Mother’s Day 2015

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Mother’s Day 2015

Many people, including myself, have difficult and complicated relationships with our moms.   A day that, according to the Hallmark company,  is supposed to be filled with joy can sometimes be very frustrating and pull scabs off old, buried wounds.  This year is a biggie for me, as it’s my very FIRST Mother’s Day, which is amazingly wonderful.  My son turned 11 months old yesterday.  Which is WAY to close to 1 year for my comfort.  It’s all whizzing by so fast.

Motherhood is not at all what I expected.  Parts of it are amazingly better than I imaged, other parts are way harder than I feared.

I love this piece from author Amy Young:  “An Open letter to pastors (a Non-mom speaks about Mother’s Day)”  a blog post that appears on

Mothering Comes in Many Forms

  • To those who  have given birth- we celebrate with you
  • To those who have lost a child- we mourn with you
  • To those who are in the trenches with little ones every day and wear the badge of food stains- we appreciate you
  • To those who experienced loss through miscarriage, failed adoptions or running away, we mourn with you
  • To those who walk the hard path of infertility, fraught with tears and disappointment, we walk with you
  • For those who have warm and close relationship with your families, we celebrate with you
  • To those who have strained and difficult relationships with your families, we sit and hope with you
  • To those who have lost their mothers, we mourn with you
  • To those who have experienced abuse at the hands of your own mother- we grieve with you
  • To those who lived through driving tests, medical tests and the overall testing of motherhood, we are better for having you in our midst.
  • To those who are single and long to get married and become mothers, we mourn that life has not yet gone the way you wish. We continue to hope with you
  • To those who step-parent, we walk with you through that often difficult path with you
  • To those who envision lavishing love on grandchildren- yet that dream is not to be, we grieve with you
  • To those who will have empty nests soon- we grieve and rejoice with you
  • To those who chose adoption for your child, we commend you for your brave selflessness and remember how you hold that child in your heart
  • And to those who are pregnant, we anticipate with you

This Mother’s Day, we walk with all of you.

Mothering is not for the faint of heart and we have some real warriors in our midst.