Mon. Jan 24th, 2022

When visiting my daughter, Susanne, in Arizona last week, we were talking about Mother’s Day and how it is a far more complicated holiday than it seems on the surface.

For her as a married adult, the day has been historically troubling because she and her husband were not able to conceive a child. As a children’s minister on staff at a large church, she has worked to bring sensitivity to the issue of how mothering children comes in many forms.

This year she found a lovely quote to incorporate into her communication with church families that suggests that if a child has ever found safety in the comfort of your arms, you have offered mothering.

She is casting a broad net with her congregants and those who listen in to their virtual worship to understand the importance of honoring biological mothers, foster mothers, adoptive mothers, grandmothers, aunts, teachers, coaches, and all who protect and nurture children in mothering ways on this day we devote to Mothers.

As an adoptive mother herself, she is an important role model to all who know her. She is also mindful of those mothers and children who have strained or difficult relationships and those who are grieving the loss of a mother or mothering person and offers sensitivity to them.

As her mother, I could not be prouder of her sensitivity and the ways in which she offers both roots and wings to her precious children.

She and her husband have been intentional about letting her children know they have a big family with many people who are connected to them and who love them. They had an amazing adoption party at their church in May of 2019, inviting all of those who had a part in their children’s young lives, including their church family.

They created board books for each child with pictures of the people who are a part of their big family and read the books regularly. They have a nightly routine of reminding them of God’s love and the love of their family. And while still aware of and loving toward those for whom Mother’s Day is difficult, Susanne now looks forward to the thrill of homemade cards and breakfast in bed from her own little ones.

I heard recently that you never outgrow the need for your mother.

As I approach the third Mother’s Day since my own mother’s passing, the truth of the statement feels profound. My husband and I have taken the first road trip of retirement, something we had planned to do much sooner had the pandemic not curtailed such travel, and every day I long to tell my mother about our adventures.

Though she did not travel much, she loved to travel and would have delighted in every detail. Some of the places I am seeing are ones I last saw with her, which makes our journeys all the sweeter. The stunning red rocks of Sedona and the grandeur of the Grand Canyon are but two of the remarkable places we visited with my parents in their later years and have enjoyed again with memories of them in our hearts.

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2. Losing My Mind One Child At A Time Svg

3. Busy Being A Single Mom And Don’t Have Time For Your Shit Svg

4. Be Your Loudest Hype Woman Svg

5. Ball Python Mom Svg

6. Down Syndrome Mom If You Think My Heart Svg

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8. You’re Doing A Great Job

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10. Mom Of The Wild One Svg

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