Today I am thankful to be a mom. I am thankful that this day no longer brings the sting it once did for so many years. But, I have felt a weight this past week, as Mother's Day approached, knowing this day is anything but happy for so many people. If that's you, please know you are not forgotten. My heart is heavy for those who are still waiting, for those who have lost children or mothers or dreams of having babies, for those whose adoption failed, and for those who are trudging through infertility.
If you are in a place of waiting, I know your pain. I know how much it hurts to see other moms who get to hold their babies.
I know how you feel unseen, invisible.
I know how it feels like your pain won't end.
I know how hard church is today. You don't have to go.
But, please know that you are not forgotten. I see you, and I honor you today.
I believe you are already a mom.
You know what it is like to ache for your babies.
You know the anguish of being apart from them.
You fight for them. You fight in ways most women will never know.
You cry for them.
You worry for them.
You dream for them.
You pray for them.
And someday, the longing and the aching and the fighting for your babies will give you the greatest appreciation for them and make motherhood all the sweeter. It does get better, and you will be a stronger, better version of yourself because of the struggle you went through to get there.
You ARE a mother.
And this is your day too.
So, Happy Mother's Day to ALL women! You are beautiful and strong, and you deserve to be celebrated.
And Happy Mother's Day to my amazing mama too! I wouldn't be the mom I am today if it weren't for her.