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Robin is the author of For All Who Wander, her relatable memoir about wrestling with doubt that reads much like a conversation with a friend. She's as Southern as sugar-shocked tea, married to her college sweetheart, and has three children. An empty nester with a full life, she's determined to...

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  1. Robin,
    What a beautiful tribute to motherhood…being a mom is the hardest, most difficult, and painful job I have ever had. It is also the most sweet, rewarding, and love filled job. A child can both pierce and elate a mother’s heart. I’ve experienced both. Yet, it’s a love that never fails, never quits, never gives up hope. Mothers are made in God’s image and I’m so thankful for this side of God.
    Blessings to you on Mother’s Day and always,
    Bev

    • 🙂 Blessings to YOU, too, Bev. And thank you…I can tell we both review motherhood as a holy estate. I am convinced there is no harder, better “job” on the planet <3.

  2. Robin ,
    This was a beautiful post and as I read it I was reminded of how miraculous Motherhood is. What a gift to be trusted to care for another.
    It also reminded me of my Mother and of the day I had to let go. Moving forward I fully appreciate how much she taught me to grow and what a blessing she was. It’s also helped me to understand that for some it’s not like that and they might need a little extra reaching out.

    Have a blessed Mother’s Day,

    Penny

    • Penny!! I’m SO thankful you came back and commented again a second time because somehow I miss your (and Michele’s) earlier comments. Go figure–not sure how that happened. I HOPE you didn’t think I took it the wrong way!! I really didn’t see it until your 2nd comment came in (oopsie!!!) You are SO right…this is a tender time of year for many people, for countless different reasons. To reach out to others and to consider that it can be a difficult day for many is a lovely way to share our love for Christ. Thank you for mentioning that.

  3. Robin, this post is like Sunday dinner; eat good early and allow it to fill you for a long while ’cause there’s enough for more later. Yes, motherhood is miraculous. Before my children I had dreams of being a Boss. I held on to those dreams until I held my baby boy, then those dreams melted away as if they never existed. It scared me. How could someone so tiny change EVERYTHING? And here I am, two more babies later and my dreams of Boss-hood are now for quiet time and an occasional date night with my husband. Lol. Ten years later I am filled with wonder that God allowed me to bring forth life and see that it was good!

    • Your comment made me grin, LaToya. First, that sweet reference to Sunday dinner (love it!), and then to hear how life was changed up for you. Yes, it IS amazing how something so tiny can turn us inside out :).

  4. Robin, what a beautiful post. As I read, I thought about my own journey to motherhood, which includes a body that can’t create. But God . . . He’s is the Giver of all good gifts, and He’s given hubby and me two amazing boys through adoption. Mother’s Day always finds me praying for two women who sacrificed their design as creators to give their children something they couldn’t give at that time. And to give me the gift of motherhood.

    I loved the story you shared about your daughter coming home in her twentieth year. You are a blessed mama. 🙂

    • Jeanne, how…if you only could feel the chills your comment gave me. Adoption is the picture of our sisterhood in Christ; so beautiful. Your perspective is precious, and I’m so glad you took time to share your words.

  5. This is beautiful, I think your mother and mother in law also shine through you. I ‘d like to answer a couple of those questions if I may. God is definitely male, with attributes of both male and female. He created men to love and women to be loved. They are weaker vessels only by physical strength, and we get emotional. Are we favored, absolutely! But so are men, if only we could all love and be loved like Christ loved the church, there are reasons God does things in order. Have a beautiful and blessed Mother’s Day everyone.

  6. Oh Robin, your words brought tears this morning. I felt like I was there snuggled with my own through your beautiful words. Thank you for helping me remember and savor the miracle of motherhood… whether born in our womb or our hearts – they are a miracle in the making for sure. xoxo

    • Smiling at the thought of you, friend, wishing this was a conversation we were having live and in person–wouldn’t that be wonderful? Babies are such a treasure, known before they take first breath. Now, THAT is a miracle!

  7. Robin, the sweet, sweet thing is even though the babies may not have a distinct memory, they have what is called implicit memories. Implicit memories are the feelings of either positive or painful feelings based on their experiences, mostly with Mama, since she is very often the primary caretaker.
    So, all the loving you’ve done with your babies created this feeling of safety, and love, and nurture with your children as babies helped to mold them and their feelings of love and security now. This relationship is so lovely and obvious as you paint this picture for us with your daughter’s homecoming, and you breathing each other in and the marveling of love and preciousness. Thank you for this beautiful example of the work of love. Blessings, Joanne

  8. Robin,

    In my earlier post I didn’t express myself very well by saying “some might need extra reaching out”. What I meant by it was, I know of a few women that aren’t being treated well and that I should be reaching out to them more. I apologize if my post from earlier sounded thoughtless.

    Thank- you,

    Penny

    • Penny, I know this was addressed to Robin. But, even thought you felt you hadn’t expressed yourself very well, I understood what you meant. Some do need the extra reaching out to because they didn’t get the deep down love earlier in their lives, or feel the ache of infertility or know they can’t care for their babies, or any other various reasons. Truly thoughtful and kind for you to understand and want to reach out to women who need the love and care. Joanne

      • That’s very gracious of you Joanne, thank-you so much. I really appreciate your reply.
        Have a blessed day.
        Penny

    • First, thanks for your comment, Joanne :).

      And second, PENNY!! You are so kind and gracious to come back and clarify; I truly missed your first comment somehow, and pretty much understood what you were trying to say :). I always try to extend grace in the online world because so much can be misunderstood….or just MISSED like in my case today :).

      • Robin,
        I really appreciate your reply and thank-you so much for understanding. It was just me not thinking mine sounded right.

        Thank-you so much again,

        Penny

  9. Loved this. I’m not a mother, though I have raised spiritual children. But I’ve been blessed to have a beautiful woman of God as my mother. She exemplifies strength strong yet very gentle. Love her so much she turns 80 this year in July and I’m so grateful to have her with me.

  10. Robin.
    Such a touching story about you and your daughter! Thanks for sharing. I’ve never been a mother-but have been a daughter & caretaker of aging parents. Like mothering, caretaking can be sweet, rewarding, difficult and painful filled job. There are days when you find yourself in pain and worry. Some days are good, joy filled. Your emotions can run the gamut from elation to despair. It is rewarding none the less.
    Blessings 🙂