Saturday, May 10, 2008

Sunday, May 11, 2008 - Happy Mother's Day

My daughter, my hope, my dream come true. . .

Happy Mother's Day to my mother, mother-in-law and all of the other wonderful mothers out there. Thank you, mom, for always being there for me every second of every day for the past 30 years. I often wonder what truly makes a mother. In my eyes, giving birth does not make one a mother. The news is full of stories about women that are undeserving of the name. It's a feeling, a tenderness, a nurturing quality, and an unconditional love that I believe makes a mother. It's kind of hard to celebrate Mother's Day when I know so many people are out there suffering. In the past I often felt like a mother without children. . .with a dream that seemed to never come true. I thank God every day for Olivia. Words cannot express my love for her. She truly is my dream come true. I mourn for my son, Logan, who is not here to celebrate it with me. I mourn my miscarriage of Baby B. On this day, please enjoy your celebrations, tell your mother that you love her, but also say a prayer for those to whom motherhood is still a dream.

To the women unable to experience the joy of that pregnancy test finally being positive -

To the women exhausted by failed attempts month after month after month -

To the women who have experienced the pain of miscarriages -

To the women who have given birth to children and were never able to take them home -

To the women who have never held their child in their arms -

To the women whose children have gone before them to heaven -

To the women left heartbroken by failed adoptions -

To all of the 'mothers without children'. . .whatever the reason. . .Today, I honor YOU.


Anonymous said...

This is for the mothers who have sat up all night with sick toddlers in their arms, wiping up puke laced with Oscar Mayer wieners and cherry Kool-Aid saying, "It's okay honey, Mommy's here". Who have sat in rocking chairs for hours on end soothing crying babies who can't be comforted. This is for all the mothers who show up at work with spit-up in their hair and milk stains on their blouses and diapers in their purse.For all the mothers who run carpools and make cookies and sew Halloween costumes. And all the mothers who DON'T.This is for the mothers who gave birth to babies they'll never see. And the mothers who took those babies and gave them homes.This is for the mothers whose priceless art collections are hanging on their refrigerator doors. And for all the mothers who froze their buns on metal bleachers at football , hockey or soccer games instead of watching from the warmth of their cars, so that when their kids asked, "Did you see me, Mom?" they could say, "Of course, I wouldn't have missed it for the world," and mean it. This is for all the mothers who yell at their kids in the grocery store and swat them in despair when they stomp their feet and scream for ice cream before dinner. And for all the mothers who count to ten instead, but realize how child abuse happens.This is for all the mothers who sat down with their children and explained all about making babies. And for all the (grand) mothers who wanted to, but just couldn't find the words.This is for all the mothers who go hungry, so their children can eat.For all the mothers who read "Goodnight, Moon" twice a night for a year. And then read it again."Just one more time."This is for all the mothers who taught their children to tie their shoelaces before they started school. And for all the mothers who opted for Velcro instead.This is for all the mothers who teach their sons to cook and their daughters to sink a jump shot. This is for all the "mothers-in-law" who open their hearts and make room in their family for the person their son or daughter fell in love with. This is for every mother whose head turns automatically when a little voice calls "Mom?" in a crowd, even though they know their own offspring are at home -- or even away at college.This is for all the mothers who sent their kids to school with stomach aches, assuring them they'd be just FINE once they got there, only to get calls from the school nurse an hour later asking them to please pick them up. Right away.This is for mothers whose children have gone astray, who can't find the words to reach them. For all the mothers who bite their lips until they bleed when their 14 year olds dye their hair green.For all the mothers of the victims of recent school shootings, and the mothers of those who did the shooting. For the mothers of the survivors, and the mothers who sat in front of their TVs in horror, hugging their child who just came home from school, safely. This is for all the mothers who taught their children to be peaceful, and now pray they come home safely from a war.What makes a good Mother anyway? Is it patience? Compassion? Broad hips? The ability to nurse a baby, cook dinner, and sew a button on a shirt, all at the same time? Or is it in her heart? Is it the ache you feel when you watch your son or daughter disappear down the street, walking to school alone for the very first time? The jolt that t takes you from sleep to dread, from bed to crib at 2 A.M. to put your hand on the back of a sleeping baby? The panic, years later, that comes again at 2 A.M. when you just want to hear their key in the door and know they are safe again in your home? Or the need to flee from wherever you are and hug your child when you hear news of a fire, a car accident, a child dying? The emotions of motherhood are universal and so our thoughts are for young mothers stumbling through diaper changes and sleep deprivation...And mature mothers learning to let go.For working mothers and stay-at-home mothers.Single mothers and married mothers.Mothers with money, mothers without.This is for you all. For all of us.Hang in there. In the end we can only do the best we can. Tell them every day that we love them. And pray. Please pass this to a wonderful mother you know. (I just did)

God is Awesome:)

Kim said...

Happy Mother's Day Jodi! I hope that you have a special day with your beautiful girl. You truly deserve this day!

P.S. Olivia looks adorable!

Casey's trio said...

Happy Mother's Day to you!

RyanAndrew2007 said...

Happy Mother's Day!

Stacie Watts, MS, LMFT said...

Happy Mother's Day Jodi!!

I hope your day is filled with love and laughter. May you be blessed on this special day.

Love you!

Kerry said...

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!! I'm so glad you finally get to celebrate this day as Olivia's mother.