Saturday, May 11, 2013

the wide spectrum of mothering (when mother's day is hard)

sweetest, favorite elijah grey. my little gift. the exact child god knew i needed. my greatest joy and biggest challenge is being his mama. i'm grateful for him and the lessons we're learning together. growing and loving more every day.

i'm a mama. and while i'm so beyond thankful for this precious blessing, some days are difficult. praying that the lord continues to steady my heart. and yours, wherever on this journey you may be.

my heart is steadfast, o god, my heart is steadfast! i will sing and make melody! psalm 57:7

i shared the following earlier this week in my links, but wanted to be sure you saw it. amy's post was so good and helpful. and these words she wrote echoed my own heart exactly, not sure i could say it any better. and it's for you today.

"The wide spectrum of mothering
To those who gave birth this year to their first child—we celebrate with you 
To those who lost a child this year – we mourn with you 
To those who are in the trenches with little ones every day and wear the badge of food stains – we appreciate you 
To those who experienced loss through miscarriage, failed adoptions, or running away—we mourn with you 
To those who walk the hard path of infertility, fraught with pokes, prods, tears, and disappointment – we walk with you. Forgive us when we say foolish things. We don’t mean to make this harder than it is 
To those who are foster moms, mentor moms, and spiritual moms – we need you 
To those who have warm and close relationships with your children – we celebrate with you 
To those who have disappointment, heart ache, and distance with your children – we sit with you 
To those who lost their mothers this year – we grieve with you 
To those who experienced abuse at the hands of your own mother – we acknowledge your experience 
To those who lived through driving tests, medical tests, and the overall testing of motherhood – we are better for having you in our midst 
To those who have aborted children - we remember them and you on this day 
To those who are single and long to be married and mothering your own children - we mourn that life has not turned out the way you longed for it to be 
To those who step-parent - we walk with you on these complex paths 
To those who envisioned lavishing love on grandchildren, yet that dream is not to be - we grieve with you 
To those who will have emptier nests in the upcoming year – we grieve and rejoice with you 
To those who placed children up for adoption – we commend you for your selflessness and remember how you hold that child in your heart 
And to those who are pregnant with new life, both expected and surprising –we anticipate with you 
This Mother’s Day, we walk with you. Mothering is not for the faint of heart and we have real warriors in our midst. We remember you." 
(By Amy Young)


  1. Thanks sweet Hannah! And right back to YOU
    Happy mom's weekend!!

  2. beautiful words. this day was so hard for me for so so long. The Lord has blessed us with our son we adopted three years ago. for that I am thankful.

  3. What beautiful, meaningful words! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and quoting this lovely post from Amy!

  4. "Real warriors", so good Hannah. I am so thankful for the women I walk this journey with. All different, all beautiful, all champions. Happy Mother's Day! Love you!

  5. This is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing Hannah.

  6. wow I really like those words from amy young. very poignant!


  7. thankful for your heart and these words. amy's too. just perfect.

  8. so lovely. we can forget sometimes how bittersweet mothers day can be.

  9. love this, hannah. so much. xo

  10. What a beautiful list. Thank you for sharing! Does anyone ever tell you that you are an amazing photographer?? You are!! :)