Mother’s Day. It’s a day to celebrate the women in our lives, but it’s also a day that’s really hard for some.
Some of us are missing mothers (and mother figures) who are no longer here, and some of us are mourning the mothers we think we’ll never be.
I get that. For a long time, I believed I would never ever be a mother.
I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer at 26 and battled it five separate times. Those years were tough, and I remember sitting in the doctor’s office with my own mom when he gave me the news for the very first time.
We didn’t catch it early.
When they found it it had already metastasized into most of the lymph nodes in both sides of my neck, my chest and up the base of my skull. Shortly after that first diagnosis, I started to believe that a future, and milestones like marriage and motherhood, or at the very least surviving – those things were going to be out of my reach.
It just goes to show how wrong you can be about God’s plans. How you can think you know everything about what’s going to happen, and then God shows up and surprises you in ways you never thought were possible.
I think back to that first diagnosis often. When I do, I’m reminded of two amazing blessings that came out of it.
1 — My strong and courageous mother who walked the path to healing right alongside me and
2 — The incredible honor it is to carry forward her legacy, her love, and her example with Rooney and now ANOTHER daughter we’ll meet in just a few months.
Let’s honor each of those women, both past and present. Not just tomorrow, but everyday.
Thank you for women: those who have taken on the role of mother in ways that extend far beyond biology and stretch beyond our homes, into our communities, and to the farthest corners of the world. May new life be breathed into each of these women today – may they feel your peace and protection as they continue to give of themselves, to sacrifice, to put the needs of others ahead of their own. May each woman be blessed, appreciated and acknowledged for her work, her heart, and her commitment to being Mama in whatever ways you’ve called her to be one.
Have an awesome day!
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