Mother's Day. For many, many, many women, it's a complicated, painful day full complex emotions.
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Maybe you've lost a child and that loss is heightened on Mother's Day.
Maybe you've suffered miscarriages or struggled with infertility.
Maybe you've placed a child for adoption.
Maybe your children are step-children.
Maybe your children are foster children.
Maybe your children are adopted.
Maybe your children have been removed from your custody and placed into foster care or adoption.
Maybe (like me) some of your children are host children who you parent and love long-distance.
Maybe you have no children, but you are a mother-figure in someone else's life.
Maybe you've lost your own mother.
Maybe you're estranged from your mother. (That needs to be grieved, too)
Motherhood is not simply a biological relationship. In the Bible, Eve was named “mother of all living” (Genesis 3:20) before she had ever given birth to a child. Motherhood is about relationship. Nurturing. Loving somebody unconditionally with intention and purpose.
So to all flavors of mamas, thank you for all you give and instill in others each day. You are a blessing! Happy Mothers' Day!
(Thank you to my friend Bethanie Harrison who introduced me to the idea of “Flavors” of Moms. Yes! That's exactly what it is! Vanilla is great… but a variety of flavors make the world so much better! Yay for all flavors of Moms! By the way, Bethanie husband is our family's incredible eye doctor. We are honored to be patients at a practice with an incredible world view, that so often goes out of its way to bless the community. Thank you for always giving back, EyeGallery of Plano, TX!)