Updated: May 22
There are so many feelings that surround this word.
The feeling of home, of belonging, the woman who bore her children into the world, the one who sat up late into the night caring for her children who were sick, helping them with homework, or picking them up from extracurricular activities, and so much more.
I also desire to be sensitive today because the word "mother" can have many different feelings attached to it. Whether you are struggling with infertility, or you and your mother are not getting along at this moment, I would like for you to know what motherhood actually means and how to celebrate your mother on Mother's Day.
What is motherhood?
Motherhood is a divine characteristic of every woman.
Motherhood is the nurturing and caring for an individual, be that of your own blood or of others entrusted to you, with you, or around you.
Motherhood is an eternal partnership with God. A wise African proverb states, "It takes a village to raise a child". There is a great capacity for every woman to support the raising of children within the community.
From personal experience, I am the result of many women who have shaped me, supported me, and sustained me through my childhood and adolescent years. Their timeless counsel has stayed with me throughout my life. I am very grateful for the support they have given to me. My path in life and the choices I have made have come from many women contributing to my life. When life gets sticky or messy, I remember these woman and others who have gone before. I realize that I am not alone in my trials, and I keep pressing forward.
How to celebrate your mother this Mother's Day:
There are many ways that you can celebrate your mother, flowers, a card, and a hug. Yet there is something deep you can give your mother this Mother's Day. Here are some suggestions:
See her, forgive her, and celebrate the woman that she has become. Focus on her good habits, her strengths, and her genuine love for you.
Treat your siblings and family members kindly. Heal and mend hurts with those in your family that bring contention.
Find time to record memories and to share them with her throughout the year.
Choose to support your life and to create stability for yourself, to share inspirations and things that inspire you with her.
Create something that is special to you and share it with her.
Find time to sit and be with her, to eat a good meal, to sip tea, or to enjoy a garden or trip together.
Love is what we go through together.
Love is the moments that make the memories flourish.
Love is what makes an abundant life.