I have a few quiet minutes to pop in today and share some Mother's Day cards with you. I can't think of a more beautiful day than Mother's Day...a day to celebrate my sweet mom, the tender heart she has, the love she freely gives, the influence she has on my life, and the legacy she has left.
My heart is very protective of motherhood and it is an incredibly sensitive subject for me. I have an incredible reverence for it and for the beautiful, miraculous little one that came into my life through adoption...a little angel that I get to mother on this earth and in the life to come. A little being that I have the opportunity to love as my own and in return, to experience the love she so freely gives. It blows me away. I am aware of how hard Mother's Day can be for many of you...perhaps little ones haven't come into your life and family as quickly as you have prayed they would or perhaps not at all. I understand with all of my heart how difficult this day can be for you and I hope you know that we have something in common. That familiar ache that doesn't go away...the tears that come when least expected...the longing, the feelings of inadequacy. I am always here if you ever need a listening ear or shoulder to lean on. I believe that the term mother extends beyond what we associate it with in our society. I believe that we as women have been blessed with incredible, beautiful, special qualities and abilities that enable us to open our hearts to others in such a way that beauty and love are given in the most essential way, just as mothers give this type of love to their children. I remember a very hard Mother's Day just a couple of years ago when announcements were made and I learned that more new babies would be joining the family that coming year. I was so happy for the mamas...I always am. I wouldn't want it any other way. My mother-in-law pulled me aside and just hugged me for a while and told me that a mother has more love than to give just one child. It was such a true statement and while I haven't had the opportunity to mother another little one, I have much love to give to others and I sure could do a much better job at doing just that. So, this Mother's Day while I'm celebrating my mother, my grandmothers, my mother-in-law who raised the sweetest, kindest, gentlest, most amazing boy, and the sweet little bean I get to love and cherish, I will also be nudging myself forward to doing more for others. Letting my walls down so that I can share that love with others instead of keeping them up to protect my heart...shame on me. I get so upset with myself, but I know that all things take time, and this is one of them.
"True spirituality makes you loving and grateful, and forgiving, and patient, and gentle, and long-suffering. True spirituality breathes reverence into every act and deed."
~Marjorie Pay Hinckley
(Created for the Vintage Cafe Card Challenge blog)
"Some women give birth and raise children but never "mother" them. Others, whom I love with all my heart, "mother" all their lives but have never given birth. Therefore, we must understand that however we accomplish it, parenthood is the highest of callings, the holiest of assignments."
~ Patricia Holland, A Quiet Heart
(All of these sweet, lovely, vintage inspired images come from Made by Janet)