My family has been formed in many ways! I’ve been blessed to experience the beauty of childbirth, as well as the joy of mothering that is not connected to childbirth. Blood does not determine family; my love for my children that I have claimed as my own is not dependent on our biological connection. Adoptive families, step-parents, and blended families know well that family bonds transcend biology; family connections can be formed in many ways. Women who have become mothers through adoption and fostering are unsung heroines who should be acknowledged during the yearly celebration dedicated to mothers worldwide.
To all of my children that I have claimed as my own-
I feel honored to have had the privilege of loving each and every one of you; it is clear that you all came into my life to teach me some very valuable lessons. Collectively, we have experienced so many miracles – we have survived rare cancer, the mysterious death of parents and the separation of family. Together we’ve learned to reinvent an extended family, we’ve learned the value of generosity and unconditional love and we’ve learned that somehow, someway the universe always helps us find our way. We’ve learned that we have way less control about the circumstances in life then we think we have; together we have learned that showing up and standing in faith and trusting the universe to give us just what we need is half the battle. Relationships are reciprocal. It’s a fine balance between what you need and what lesson you learn along the journey of acquiring it. From you, I have learned the power of a smile, a hug and a word of encouragement.
Thank you for offering me the opportunity to love you and to help you understand that your circumstances are not a deficit, but an opportunity to learn, grow and give something back. In the we all have learned that regardless of the circumstances, you always have the opportunity to choose to be your best self. Thank you for helping my family to remember that there are no limits to abundance. Thank you for teaching them to give freely in life and reminding me that we are all responsible for each other’s peace, wellbeing and happiness. I am honored to have had the opportunity to love you blindly. Thank you for being patient while I worked to figure it all out. Thank you for loving me for all that I am and all that I’m not. Thank you for teaching me to trust and work through the fear of giving my whole self when I couldn’t predict the future or the outcome. Thank you for being on the journey with me. I love you all from the bottom of my heart.
Thank you for adding to the joy of my Mother’s Day as your stand in Mom.
Enjoy your Mother’s Day weekend!
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Describe your Mother’s inner beauty in 200 words or less; entries accepted until May 11th at 12:00pm EST, voting ends May 11th at 11:59pm EST. Good luck!