Today was my first "Mother's Day" as a mom. What a special day for so many reasons! I spent a lot of time reflecting on how much I love my two little people. As I rocked Clara to sleep I choked back tears of gratitude and love. Max and Clara are such a special gift from God. There were a few years where that label - "mom" - felt so unreachable. Now I am, and forever will be, a mom. We are only 7 months into this thing, and I can already say it's the hardest, toughest, most amazing and rewarding job I've ever had.
With that said, I have also spent a lot of time thinking about those who are not yet mothers and desire to be. For those in that position, Mother's Day can be a tough day. I know it was for me. I hated going to church where mothers were praised. It felt like salt in an open wound. If you are in this position and are reading this, just know I am thinking about you and understand the pain you may feel. Mother's Day should be re-labeled "Women's Day" to honor all women for the sacrifices we all make in so many different ways.
I have also thought about the close family and friends whose sweet mothers have passed away. Nothing can replace that person that is your mom. What a beautiful promise that families can be together forever, and that they will see their angel mothers again. Happy Mother's Day to you. :)
Finally, I hope all women - mothers or not - felt loved and adored on this very special day.
And how could I not close with that picture? Those faces melt me.