Mother’s Day has always been a special day to honor our mothers and grandmothers. We have always made a big deal of it in our family. The big Sunday lunch, the cards, the gifts, but most importantly, the time we would spend together.
I couldn’t wait to become a mother, and get to stand up in church when they ask all of the mothers to stand. I remember my very first one. I was about 8 weeks from having Cade, and couldn’t imagine how precious being a mother was really going to be.
I would have to say that the gift of motherhood is one of the greatest gifts the Lord has blessed me with. I never imagined I could love someone so deeply as I love my children. I remember when I was pregnant with SaraGrace, I was so worried that my heart just couldn’t love anyone like it loved Cade. But you know, my heart made room for her, just like it did Cade.
As I think about Mother’s Day this year, it means so much more. It’s not about celebrating me, but about celebrating the gifts that God has given me in my children. This may be the only Mother’s Day that I am a mother to 3 children here on earth, but it’s the most precious, as I look at how my perception of motherhood has changed over the last year. It was something I took for granted. I cherish the tender moments I spend with each of my children, even the craziest of days, when I feel like I am at my limit. I have learned to stop and take the time to thank the Lord for the gift of getting to experience those days.
We have gotten to witness our children praying diligently for their sister on a daily basis. We have witnessed Cade giving us profound messages that he has learned through our situation the last few months. All of these are lessons that we, as parents, could not have taught them ourselves. As a mother, it is so sweet and tender to see them grasping what God is doing in their lives, and our lives as a family. Nothing will ever replace these memories that we are making together.
So much of our days have been focused on the possibility that we may not get to experience things with Faith that we have our other children. But the Lord has made it ever so clear that we are not guaranteed tomorrow with the children we have here on earth either. When you stop and think about that, it makes you see a bigger picture.
I have been blessed with the most wonderful mother and grandmothers that a girl could ever ask for. I have also been blessed by the most wonderful children. So this Mother’s Day, instead of focusing on what might not be, I am going to focus on all that has been given to us, including the most precious 9 months we have had with Faith.
Hug your mothers, your grandmothers, and your children extra tight this Mother’s Day, and take the time to say a prayer of thanks to our Heavenly Father for all of His wonderful blessings.