Monday, May 13, 2013

Monday Quotable

Since Mother's Day just passed, I thought it was fitting to use a quote about mothers today. I love my mom and as I've grown older, I've seen today's quote become very relevant to my life. My mom has supported me at every turn and that has given me the courage to believe in myself. That belief forms the foundation of who I am today. But this blog post isn't exactly about that.

Mother's Day has been a little difficult for me for the past couple of years because of my health issues and their impact on my ability to carry a baby. Surrogacy and adoption are options although both are incredibly(INCREDIBLY) expensive. Despite that, I really want to be a mom. Don't get me wrong, I love my fur babies (Storm and Lola) but I want to have a child. I actually smile at the thought of waking up in the middle of the night to change a diaper or to rock a little cuddlebug back to sleep. I might pause at the sight of a child having a public tantrum or love that Ash and I can skate through our weekends with little planning but I'd give it up in a heartbeat for motherhood.

So, now you have the background, which (finally) leads me to the point of this post.

Just as I was feeling a little sad yesterday, I got some perspective and realized you don't have to birth a baby to be a mother. I mentor a teen group and many the kids from my first group have graduated and moved on. Some keep in touch and I see some in passing but for the most part, communication is minimal. Then yesterday, I got a text message from one of the girls that was in the group. I won't quote it here but I will say that she wished me a happy Mother's Day, said I was like a mother to her and that she loved be for being so kind and welcoming to her.

It reminded me that mothers come in many forms. They are the great women in your life, whether biologically related or not, who love you and help you believe you can do anything. I have a lot of them and I am blessed to have had the opportunity to be that for someone else. At the end of the day, it's about being grateful for the blessings you have and being faithful that everything will work out as it should.

Be blessed. Happy Monday. 

** Today's photo is through the sunroof yesterday as we drove to Brooklyn for Smorgasburg and to visit my mother in law. It looks ominous but it was such a gorgeous day. I thought the picture was a good metaphor for today's post...the sun is always there just beyond the clouds.

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