Mother’s Day is tomorrow. It’s the most precious day of my whole year. It’s more precious than Christmas or Thanksgiving. It’s more precious than my wedding anniversary or my birthday. It’s not because I want to be pampered or showered with gifts and extra love, it’s because for me Mother’s Day is a time to be grateful. Grateful for my three beautiful children, grateful that I get to be their mom, grateful for my own mother, and grateful for you. There has not been a Mother’s Day in the past 15 years that I have not spent thinking of you, the three women who made it possible for me to even celebrate this special day with three of the most amazing people in the world.
None of my children had happy or easy beginnings, but you already know that. I often feel frustrated and angry for the things they had to go through as innocent children. The things you put them through. The drugs, the abandonment, the abuse they endured should be unforgivable. But without you, they would not be here with me.
So on this Mother’s Day I want to thank you. Thank you for choosing to bring my children into the world. Thank you for giving me the honor of loving them and raising them. Your life has changed mine and helped me become the woman and mother I am today. And for that I am truly grateful. Over the years I have learned that gratitude is a powerful emotion that when experienced fully can take over your heart and show you a new way of seeing the world. In reality we would never be friends, but we will always be connected.
Mother’s Day is a reminder to me that God can take the ugliest situations and make them beautiful. It’s a reminder that God can take anger and turn it into gratitude, and being grateful can change any heart! So as I celebrate this Mother’s Day and every one to come, I will revel in the love I feel for my beautiful kids and the gratitude that fills my heart.