I haven’t always been passionate about motherhood. If you were to see a glimpse in my life a few years ago, motherhood wasn’t even on my radar. I was working, traveling, throwing parties, and wakeboarding every chance I could get. In fact, that was the purpose in starting this whole blog was so that I could record my journey in learning to love my role as a mom.
Now that it’s been over a year that I’ve been a mom I can say that I truly do love it. No, I don’t enjoy every minute and sometimes I want to chew my own arm off, if I’m being 100% honest. But as a mom you get to have moments that you would never give back for anything. Those are the moments us as moms live for.
What I want to talk about today tho is what I have learned from other moms. Since The Mamahood began, I have come in contact with so many moms. Everyone is in a different stage and time on their own motherhood journey. But each one has taught me a life lesson and I have grown to love so many because of it… So here’s my letter to you.
[All of these are real scenarios of moms that I know and truly love]
Dear Mama who is up every few hours at night with twins because you want to let your husband have enough energy to work tomorrow. I honor your tired eyes.
Dear Mama who is having a rocky marriage but continues to work to support your little one. I honor your bravery to keep moving forward.
Dear Mama who hides in your closet with tears rolling down your cheeks on a day that you feel you can’t get your kids in control. However, you somehow manage to wake up every single morning and try again. You never give up. I honor those tears of loyalty to them.
Dear Mama who is pregnant while fighting through Cystic Fibrosis. Being pregnant is hard enough and although no one can see the torment your body is going through on the inside, you still smile your way through life and count your blessings. You are making one of the biggest sacrifices I’ve ever seen. I honor that beautiful painful smile completely.
Dear Mama who has 3 under 3. You are probably exhausted. i’m so impressed by how hard you work and the spirit you bring to your family. I can tell the love your family has for each other. I honor your optimism.
Dear Mama who is working and feels like you can’t catch up. You are so supermom already in my book. I honor your hard work as a mom and your contribution to the world.
Dear Mama who is cleaning out poop under your fingernails and yogurt out of your hair (for probably the 50th time) and can make a joke out of it. I honor your laughs.
Dear Mama who is feeling guilty for quitting breastfeeding. First of all, I hope you stop feeling guilty (I know the feeling), and second of all, isn’t it amazing how healthy your baby still can be on formula? I honor you for letting go of something that wasn’t working out so that you could be a better mom.
Dear Mama who feels like you can never get rid of those post baby pounds. You are beautiful from the inside out, and I honor every pound for bringing a baby into the world.
Dear Mama who is single for whatever reason. Thank you for being the best mom to that baby. I honor your selflessness.
Dear Mama who’s baby is in the NICU weighing all but 2 pounds. I can’t imagine the heart ache you feel as you watch your little one striving to survive and get better while holding your hand. I honor those hands of courage.
Dear Mama who feels discouraged and can’t quite figure out why. Aren’t those hormones killer sometimes? I honor you for looking up even when you feel down on yourself.
Dear Mama who always looks at the bright side, even when things are tough and you are finding one of your kids is needing therapy and extra help. I honor you for putting everyone above you and not feeling sorry for yourself.
Dear Mama who’s husband died when your babe was 2. I watched that little toddler walk around at the burial wondering how life could possibly move on. I’m so impressed with how you have taken the trials you have had in your life and made the best of everything. I honor you for never giving up.
Dear Mama who feels lonely by staying home all day every day with a baby. You would think one would be easy right? I honor your patience through those long days.
Dear Mama who has been wanting to have kids for years and haven’t yet or are having secondary infertility. I’m so grateful for your friendship and the example you are and faith you have that the right thing will happen. I know your heart breaks every single day. I honor you completely for your ability to trust completely on the Lord even when you don’t feel like it.
Dear Mama who’s husband is out of town the majority of the time. I’m so impressed at how you are able to do everything on your own. I honor your legs that keep moving even when you need a break.
Dear Mama who has lost a child whether as a miscarriage, still born, infant, toddler, kid, teenager, or adult. My heart swells and eyes water as I tell you that I love you. You have made an impact on my life. Those angel babies will never be forgotten and I can’t wait for the day you will get to hold them again. I honor your very heart and character. You are such an amazing person to have gone through what you have and I honor you completely.
Dear Mama who is going through any trial or triumph today,
I honor you for being a mom.