To the Women

Today was my first Mother’s Day without my mom, and it was a lot harder than I expected it to be. For someone who is not a mother, I never imagined how much I would appreciate flowers, cards, and “thinking of you” texts on Mother’s Day.

Thankful that my mama got to see me walk down the aisle last year...and thankful that I have such a wonderful mother-in-law who has taken me in as one of her own!

Thankful that my mama got to see me walk down the aisle last year…and thankful that I have such a wonderful mother-in-law who has taken me in as one of her own!

I could use this space to write something about my wonderful mama, but I already did that here.

So instead, I dedicate this one to all the “mothers”:

The stepmothers

The mothers-in-law

The aunts

The cousins

The sisters

The teachers

The co-workers

The friends

The roommates

The mentors

The small group leaders

The camp counselors

The church ladies

The volunteers

The grandmothers

…Thank you. Thank you for the role you have played not just in my life, but also in the lives of so many women.

Because some of us have lost mothers

Some of us never knew our mothers

Some of us have strained relationships with our mothers

Some of us have lost children

Some of us will never be mothers.

But we all need a friend, a role model, a voice of reason and wisdom. And you have been that.

Don’t let society’s definition of the word “mother” lead you to believe that you are less important or unworthy of being celebrated. We need each other, and for that—for you—I am thankful.

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