Sunday, May 11, 2008

Mother's Day Musings

I have to say that Mother's Day was, at one point in my life, one of the hardest days for me. I know that sounds a bit odd, but let me explain. I have been one of those statistics of a woman who has struggled with infertility. There was a time in my life that I wondered if I would ever have the chance to be the Mom that I longed to be. And when Mother's Day would roll around it was hard to cope with those feelings.

I am so grateful for the blessings of my children. I am thrilled that God answered all those prayers with my beautiful girls. After years of hoping (and a little help with fertility drugs), I joined this Motherhood Club. I take motherhood pretty seriously. I find that I really understand the calling in my life to influence my children in a positive way. It is such a huge honor to be a Mom.

So on this Mother's Day, I am again so grateful. So thankful. So honored to be the Mom. I am thankful for the wonderful example of a great Mom that I grew up with and count it a privilege to be surrounded by top notch Moms. You each bring such great characteristics to the Motherhood Club...creativity, patience, easy going attitude, persistence, humility, love, enthusiasm, mercy, determination, gentleness, kindness, laughter...my list could go on forever. I am constantly challenged and spurred on to be a better Mom. You all are not a bunch of bon bon eatin', soap opera watchin', telephone gossipin' gals. You are Proverbs 31 babes.

So, Happy Mother's Day to you all. May your day be filled with the reminder that being a Mom is a privilege and blessing from God.

16 comments:

Rachel said...

This was our scripture from church this morning. I would also highly recommend "The Virtuous Woman" bible study by Vicky Courtney...one of my favorites!

Happy Mother's Day dear friend!

Major Mom said...

Proverbs 31 babe...I like it:) Happy Mother's Day!

K-Sue said...

Thank you for sharing this. I had not known you were once in the Infertility Club. Like the separation your family begins this week, it wouldn't be so bad if you knew how long it was going to last. Of course, if I had known as a newlywed that I would be in for a 15 years' wait for our (so far) only child, I may have been pretty well daunted.

Shane, Greta, Seth and Gage Owens said...

O Cris, that is ALL exactly what I think about you as a MOM too!!!!!! Happy Mothers day!

I was thinking about you all day, because we are going to the Symphony Under the Stars tonight and remember last year we chatted and hung out for awhile???? I will miss you tonight! :)

Yes, I too feel it such a high honor in raising my children- it is the BEST thing I have done!

Rachael said...

Well, I do like a good bon-bon now and then... hehe.

Happy Mother's Day to you! Motherhood is an honor, however we get there!

Shaleen said...

Happy Mother's Day Cris. You are an inspiration to me in many ways. But I especially admire your Mothers heart. Know that you have been on my mind today. God be with you and your family. - Shaleen

Tiffany said...

I have also always wanted to be a mom, I am living my dream. Doesn't always feel like a dream...I know I am so blessed though. I love being a mom!

Susan said...

It IS a real blessing and priveledge to be a mom...but, such a big responsibility too. These little (and not so little anymore) ones are under our care and I hope I will be faithful with what God has entrusted to us. Striving to be a Proverbs 31 babe with ya!

Christy said...

we were challenged with the story of Hannah in church yesterday. There was a woman who knew the heartache of infertility. Wishing you all the best this week!

Annie said...

You're so cute! Your girls are so lucky. Mother's Day was sad for me, too for a while. As my first set of kids grew up and didn't need me, and we couldn't seem to have more, no matter how much I prayed. But God had a better plan and now I have a houseful. We're not too much into Mother's Day as a holiday and since I was sick yesterday, there was no thought of celebration, but each of them came in at some point and gave me hugs and kisses. What on earth could be better than that?

Stacia said...

Cris- as a former infertility patient myself, I can share your joy and thankfulness to now be in the Mother Club. Every year when Mother's Day rolls around my heart breaks for those women whose hearts are aching for a child that God hasn't given yet... I remember those lonely days in the pew at church, holding back the tears, my face hot with a mix of anger, frustration, and sadness. I don't think that God will ever let me forget b/c I know that His plan is for me to share my story with those in pain and somehow help them through w/ a little less ache and loneliness.

Wife to the Rockstar said...

You have such a beautiful perspective. So many Mom's take their children for granted... or being able to have them for granted.

Ginny said...

Thanks for the reminder that motherhood is a privilege. It is so easy to take fertility for granted when you have it.

Lee & Bev said...

We celebrated reading Proverbs 31, breakfast at McDonalds(!), and changing a flat tire while on the road! We're livin' the life and learning a lot. So thankful for my mother and the privilege of being a mother to my precious girls. To God be the glory!

Crystal said...

Amen, it is a blessing!! God is good to us and it is only through his grace : )

C&M Peters said...

So glad for those fertility pills!
Now I have two beautiful granddaughters. God is good!
Card from my hubby said...
"When I think of our son and his family and how you have molded and guided him..You are Awesome." Wow I liked that!