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Mother’s Day, Hooray!

How do I feel about a day celebrating the job I work so hard at 365 days a year? I must admit, I'm thrilled. These days the hard, complex, ever-evolving work of moms seems to be talked about and written about non stop. So a little celebration is appreciated! But on Mother's Day I am [...]
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White American mother with adopted Ethiopian son

Each Mother’s Day is Different

Since I was a very young child, it seems Mother’s Day has taken on a slightly different meaning each year. From whatever “normal” is to losing my mother at young age to learning to love a second mom. Then realizing their immense worth as I became an adult and then as a mom of four […]

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Happy Mother’s Day

This year marks the first Mother's Day where I am actually a mother. (Yay! I love being a Mom!) I've always made the effort to say a special thank you to my Mom and Grandma on Mother's Day; but, honestly, I think it is more important to honor the mothers in our lives every day! [...]
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The Gift of a Mother’s Love

Last Mother’s Day, my husband gifted (a very pregnant) me with three dozen roses — one for every year I had been waiting to become a mother. Through my close relationship with my own ‘mum,’ I developed a picture of what I desired motherhood to look like. Now that I get to celebrate Mother’s Day […]

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Mother’s Day Reflection

I was raised by three great-grandmas, two grandmas, and a great-aunt. There was not a single day I did not see at least one, but usually two, of my grandmothers. Some were polar opposites from one another. My Grandma rarely left her house, except for church. My Granny ate nearly every meal at a restaurant […]

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My Mom, My Best Friend

I know I went through the usual teenage angst and rebellion, but even then, I cannot remember a time when my mom wasn’t my best friend. My mom is hilarious, passionate, creative, smart, and so much more. She loves her kids selflessly, loves her family without reservation, and still manages to find time to volunteer […]

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My Mama from a Mama’s Eyes

The first anniversary of the day I became a mama is quickly approaching and this nostalgic time calls for reflection on my first year of motherhood. The joys and struggles of this new job title, mother, has opened my eyes to what other mothers, especially my own, have gone through before me. I think back [...]
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Mother’s Day is About Time

Mother's Day to me is not about presents or fancy meals, but about time. Every year I go with my mom and grandma to our favorite nursery, which is located in the middle of no where. We pick out the flowers and herbs we'll grow that summer. We laugh, pass along knowledge, and share our [...]
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Layers of Meaning on Mother’s Day

This year will mark my first Mother’s Day since my daughter was born. Mother’s Day has always been a good occasion to give my mom flowers and send a few cards, but it feels so much more significant this year. Of course, I’m excited to mark the occasion doing something special with my husband and [...]
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I’m Getting to Celebrate Mother’s Day!

Mother's Day is special to me – not only because I have an amazing mom, but because at one point I wasn't sure I would ever get to celebrate it as a mother. My first Mother's Day was spent heartbroken, because only 2 short weeks before, I had lost my first pregnancy. My husband sweetly [...]
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