"Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible." ~Marion C. Garretty, quoted in A Little Spoonful of Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul
I love mother's day. I love the breakfast in bed that is delivered with such care and excitement.
I love homemade paper cards, the sprouting plants they planted, the painted hand-prints and flowers. I love those sweet smiles and big hugs from my all of little people.
Mother's day means I am thinking of all the many mothers in my life with gratitude.... with love.
First my own mother.....her sweet unconditional love. How she has always supported my dreams, embraced who I am just as I am. How she has shown me how to love big.
I think of my grandmothers, great-grandmothers....the ones I knew, and the ones I never knew. I think of their lives, their choices, and how it all led to my life.
I send my love to the aunts, cousins, friends, sisters....women in my life who are each amazing examples of a mother's love. I have taken bits of wisdom from each of them.
I feel the love and gratitude I have for Tessa's first mother and the life she brought into the world. I feel the love I know she carries for this beautiful child we share, whom I am blessed to love.
I am amazed by these little souls, my children, who bestowed motherhood upon me. how I love them so much it almost hurts. how I love them with all of my being. how I want to protect them from this world and yet teach them about it. how I desire to keep them close and yet let them grow away from me to be who they are destined to be.
On mother's day and every day, I an ever certain that raising these children is my purpose in this life, it is my greatest journey, challenge and mission of love....what I am and will always be most proud of.
And a favorite photo as a mother for this year because I can see in my eyes how much I am wanting Tessa to feel my love, how much I love her and how deeply I needed to connect with her in this past year. That is what much of this past years journey was about for me emotionally...and here I see it.