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Sometimes mother’s day is hard. It can be hard for any number of reasons.
For a mother that’s lost a child, it’s hard.
For a woman that desprately wants a child, it’s hard.
For a woman who has lost her own mother, it’s hard.
For a woman who’s mother still lives, but is not around or wasn’t a good mother, it’s hard.
With each celebration that we have in this life, there will almost always be a difficult side to it. It’s just one of the after affects of living in a fallen world.
But this year, instead of focusing on sadness, or on my own non-existant relationship with my real mother, I’ve found something new to celebrate.
Because although my “real” mom isn’t in my life, there are several amazing women who are there. Each of them has taught me so much about love, life and motherhood, my life would not be the same without them.
My wonderful Mommy-in-law, Cindy: She has loved me like her own and taught me so much about a mother’s love. There are so many negative jokes made these days about mothers-in-law and my own MIL is the exact oppostive of each of them. I’m so thankful to have her in my life, AND that my kiddos have her as a grandma! Let’s not forget the little detail of her raising the best man I’ve ever known, my wonderful hubby *wink*.
My unofficially-official godmother – I’ve known her since I was six years old and she’s always been like another mama for me. The older I got, the closer we became and she’s always claimed me as her unofficial daughter. By actual relation, she’s my best friend’s aunt, but that seems so distant, so I started referring to her as my godmother, to those that didn’t know our relationship. She’s been my other mama through thick and thin and I’m so thankful to have her in my life!
Lastly, my friends – You learn about motherhood by parenting alongside your friends. We have so many discussions about how we were raised and the pros/cons of different aspects of parenting. It’s so helpful to have another person in the same boat as you, figuring it out together! I’m so grateful to each of my mommy-friends (especially the one that my kids accidentally call “mama” after a day spent with their best friends).
Motherhood lessons can come from so many different people and I’m so grateful for the influence that these special people have had on my own life.
They’ve been there for me in my hardest and most joyous moments of motherhood. From when I was doubting myself in my first year, to watching me gain a little bit of confidence and rekindle my joy in motherhood. They were there during one of the scariest seasons of life, when my little girl was diagnosed with failure to thrive, and I in turn felt like a failure when I learned it was because my own milk was inadequate, despite all my best efforts. I will be forever thankful for their support in that season of my motherhood (and in the seasons to come as well).
There’s nothing like having a group of women that have your back.
What special women are in your life? Who do you especially appreciate this year? Your own mom? Mother in law? Friends? Share in the comments!
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