How was your weekend? Did you celebrate the way you planned to? Were you celebrated the way you hoped you would be? Are you a mom? Do you have a mom? There are so many different kinds of moms out there: moms who raise their kids, moms who foster someone else’s kids, moms who step in and step up to become a stepmom to kids of someone they love & marry, moms of puppies, moms who place their babies for adoption because they hope & pray someone else can give their precious child a better life, moms to the neighborhood kids, women who become a mom figure to their church group, or moms who step up because for whatever reason a child’s mom isn’t able to give or nurture in the way they need it.
I truly believe it takes a village to raise, love, support and encourage our kids. Sometimes people feel threatened if someone starts to mother their child but I welcome it with open arms. My best friend and I joke (but are really serious) about how our kids call each other their second mom. They know they’ll always have a listening ear, food to eat and a welcome heart at either of our homes. This Mother’s Day week I’m focused on how blessed and grateful I am to be a mom to my kids. How proud I am of each of them and who they are as human beings, let alone what they’ve done with their lives.
My oldest, Matthew, is fun, funny, adventurous and loves to make new friends. I think he might take after his mother a bit. My daughter, Megan, well, she is wise, mature, organized and hard working. She graduated this weekend from college; I think she takes after her dad more. My youngest, Alex, tries so hard to act serious but really he’s very silly, he loves his own jokes just like me, he’s very focused like his dad and he’ll finish high school next month to go on to Iowa State. It’s so much more of who they are than what they’ve done that makes me proud to be their mom. My birth daughter finished her Masters’ this year…WOW. School was always a challenge for me. I’m so proud of her dedication, and the commitment to finish what you start even if it’s hard.
I love being a mom, especially when my kids come to me with a story, a question, or a new viewpoint and then tell me why they’re right. I’ve learned more from my kids than from any job. I have laughed more, cried more and worried more about them than anything else in my life and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. My oldest tells me I worry less now. I told him I learned prayer works better than worry.
I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day and if you don’t have kids of your own, I hope you go love on someone else’s because kids can never get too much love.
Are you a mother? Do you enjoy it or is it one more stress in your life?
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