Today we want to take just a little more time to reflect on Mother’s Day, motherhood and what it all means to our community. Here are some great pieces from the archives of our contributors. Enjoy.
“I got tired of setting up great expectations on this day for my people to read my mind.”
Perfect Imperfections by Lysa TerKeurst
“To my mom: The woman I would pick as my best friend even if she weren’t my mom.”
What I Didn’t Write on Mother’s Day by Alia Joy
“She explains a lot about me.”
What Mothers Me by Amber Haines
“I am not their God, I am their mother. And they don’t need homemade clothes as much as they need to know how to sew life.”
Of Linen & Grace by Angie Smith
“What if this Mother’s Day we stopped keeping score of what we did or didn’t receive and instead we gave BIG?”
I’m Going Big Today… by Lisa-Jo Baker
“There are mothers without carseats, diapers or pacifiers. Mothers who do not have bedtime rituals or middle of the night feedings. Mothers without handstamped necklaces or birthstone rings. These are the other mothers – the ones in our midst who are quietly hurting.”
On Celebrating the Other Mothers on Mothers Day by Anna Rendell
“We may never have had the opportunity to hold our first baby, but for as long as that precious child was alive in me, I was mommy.”
When a First Isn’t a First by Crystal Stine
“Motherhood isn’t sainthood and we’re all a bunch of sinners here.”
Why Mothers Day is for the Birds by Ann Voskamp
“Before I had babies, I never dreamed that play would be such hard work.”
The Secret to Keeping the Wonder by Emily Freeman
“It’s not that Mom didn’t love me on the days when I bounded through the house healthy and happy. But the sick days? Those were the best because she stroked my cheeks and tucked stray strands of hair behind my ears.”
Motherhood: In Sickness and in Health by Jennifer Dukes Lee
“Mothering with a kingdom purpose in mind affects the generations to come.”
Generational Mothering by Jen Schmidt
“Things are a little different this time around because now I am a mom.”
When You Are a Mom at the Beach by Jessica Turner
“Parenting really isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. It’s better…and worse and harder and more beautiful than we could ever imagine.
And Then She Said, “You Don’t Love Me” by Mary Carver
“They need me, but even more, they need Him. I need Him because this mothering thing is awesome and hard.”
The Advice That Changed the Way I Mother by Kristen Welch
“Take a nap if you can. Put a curfew on yourself if need be. But draw near to God even when you’re tired. Jesus will refresh us.”
Are You Tired? Me, Too by Stephanie Bryant
“Hey, amazing mama. I see you. I see amazing. The amazing of your normal everyday.”
Hey, Amazing Mama by Joy Forney
Bev Duncan @ Walking Well With God says
My heart resonates with so many of these snippets of stories…I will definitely have to dive deeper. Actually I’m kind of relieved Mother’s Day has passed…for all the happiness experienced, there’s just as much hurt. I had a bittersweet Mother’s Day for several reasons so I’m kinda glad it’s Monday…just being honest.
Jen (Balancing Beauty and Bedlam) says
I think everyone can very much relate to that Bev. It’s so bittersweet!
Jessa's Meetup says
Here’s my story posted on Mother’s Day 2014. Born February 12, 1917, my mother lived a long and productive life … sprinkling love like bread crumbs everywhere she went!!
Jessa (A New Leaf Turned) says
Still learning, Sisters, how to input … the “Meetup” links to the website, but no one can know. So re-posting, so you can find what I referenced above: http://www.anewleafturned.com ~ my story on my mother!
Debbie Lane-Holmes says
Good Morning Sweet Sisters, I am not a blogger myself, only a reader & admirer of those who are. Big thank you from the bottom of my heart for inCouragement
Last night I was privileged enough to get to read Ann Voscamps (apologies to you Ann if spelling is incorrect) post the Seed Company conference in Arizona last month, If you haven’t read it already, A Must Read!! So Powerful! Life Changing! A cry for Help for our sisters, daughters, mothers, and even our precious babies in Christ
Melanie @ Carmel Moments says
These are beautiful! Thanks so much for compiling them. Sometimes we are so hard on ourselves. Always wanting to be the perfect all-around mother. It can’t happen.
So I’m letting go and holding onto to and appreciating every beautiful mess we make along the way!
I appreciate the honesty in all these quotes. Motherhood isn’t always a bowl of cherries, there is a lot of hardwork and heartache that goes into it. By God’s grace we will make it.
Thanks for including my story in these links, Mary. Hope you had a fantastic weekend!
Beth WIlliams says
Beautifully written snippets on motherhood. Not a mother or a blogger, but a child who loved her mother dearly!
I started out having a good Mothers day all day until that evening then my mother s day turn a messy bad no thinks to my youngest teenage son.