|They made me a mother. Anika, Hunter and Elizabeth with me after church today.
I learned to be a mother from my mom, grandmas and great-grandma. I also learned to be a mom from others moms and strong women in my life, friends and mentors.
Motherhood came to me at a young age. An army of family and friends surrounded me and empowered me as a mother. But it was my young son that truly made me a mother. He changed me forever. Forever. I didn’t understand or know if I could ever love another child as much as I love him.
Thankfully, generations of mothers and other strong women have paved a path for me, giving me guidance, accountability, their humble generosity and most importantly, love.
But I am a present mother. I might be the last mom to the game but I am there. I juggle. I balance. I need a lot of help. I fail. I keep going. I am present.
By being a present mom, I want my kids to remember a lifetime of moments and memories with me just as I have with the mothers in my life. Life gives us twists and turns. I don’t want to get brought down and not be living in the moments with my kids. I want to live in the now with them. That is what I am doing as best as I can, wearing my badge as a mother with pride. It’s challenging. It’s rewarding. It’s the best ride of my life.
Thank you to the mothers, mentors and friends in my life. Thank you to my husband. Thank you to my kids who call Mom, Mommy and Mama every day.
Happy Mother’s Day!