"The Wide Spectrum of Mothering"

(this is the best pic we got of the three of us...hands in their mouths, but hey, at least we are color coordinated!)

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I saw a friend post this on Mother's Day and I thought it was so beautiful, so had to share it here. Just some meaningful words about the different mother hearts out there...I hope it will move you like it did me.

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"The Wide Spectrum of Mothering"

To those who gave birth this year to their first child—we celebrate with you.

To those who lost a child this year – 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 pokes, prods, tears, and
disappointment – we walk with you. Forgive us when we say foolish things. We don’t
mean to make this harder than it is. 

To those who are foster moms, mentor moms, and spiritual moms – we need you.

To those who have warm and close relationships with your children – we celebrate with you. 

To those who have disappointment, heart ache, and distance with your children – we sit
with you. 

To those who lost their mothers this year – we grieve with you. 

To those who experienced abuse at the hands of your own mother – we acknowledge your

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 have aborted children - we remember them and you on this day. 

To those who are single and long to be married and mothering your own children - we mourn that life has not turned out the way you longed for it to be. 

To those who step-parent - we walk with you on these complex paths. 

To those who envisioned lavishing love on grandchildren, yet that dream is not to be - we
grieve with you. 

To those who will have emptier nests in the upcoming year – we grieve and rejoice with you.

To those who placed children up for adoption – we commend you for your selflessness and
remember how you hold that child in your heart. 

And to those who are pregnant with new life, both expected and surprising –we anticipate
with you .

This Mother’s Day, we walk with you. 

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