5.09.2010

For my mom(s) and the mom in me

Today I am lucky. I have 2 moms. They have both taken care of me and influenced me in very different ways.

This is my mom. She gave birth to me. She gave birth to my beloved brother. She loved my dad, and she mothered my brother and me with all of her heart in her short years as our mother on earth. She is beautiful. She has the most incredible spirit. She gave me a singing voice. She passed on her nurturing nature. She gave me my fair complexion which I didn't always consider to be beautiful, but I do now. She has inspired me to be the best friend I can be. She has helped me be strong and live life with an attitude of endurance and strength . She has helped me realize and remember that this life is not the end. She has helped me build Faith. She has taught me that love extends beyond the boundaries of this life alone. She has helped me to understand that life is a gift, and time with my family should be treasured. She has helped me gain an eternal perspective. She has taught me that our time on earth is not by chance, and the things that happen to us are over seen by a loving Heavenly Father and by those that love us and watch over us from the other side. She has and will continue to watch over my babies. She provided the opportunity for me to have an exceptional relationship with my dad, and to open my heart to a new mom and 3 choice siblings.  She has given me something special to look forward to for the rest of my life. I know I will see her again.

This is my mom. She is beautifulShe has taught me about sacrifice. She has taught me about selflessness. She has shown me a great deal of love. She has taught me much of what I know about being a good wife. She has lead strongly by example. She has taught me almost everything I know about cooking. She has taught me about serving others. She has taught me compassion. She has shown me spiritual strength. She has been one of my biggest supporters. She has listened. She has saved me from many difficult situations. She has allowed me to spend more precious time with my E. She's been an amazing grammy. She has become my friend.  She has shown me that being a mother is so much more than genetics and biology.



Today I'm lucky, because I am a mother. In as much seriousness as I could muster, I told my husband that my little E will never have to give me a Mother's Day present as long as he lives. Just the fact that he exists is a permanent present I will be grateful for forever and ever. I simply adore being a mom and have sheer gratitude for the blessing of raising one of God's extraordinary spirits.

"Making the decision to have a child-it's momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body."



--Elizabeth Stone

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13 comments:

Jocelyn Christensen said...

So beautiful and so true!

Angie said...

Sarah, this was so beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

Angela Noelle of Striking Keys said...

There are a lot of Mother's Day posts bouncin' around right now, but yours is my favourite of all I've read so far. And my hemipshere's posts are all a day old now, so that says a lot...the day's more than half done.

P.S. Sorry everyone else. We can all be winners, but we can't all receive sincere superlative compliments.

carissa @ lowercase letters said...

sarah, what a beautiful tribute to both of your mother's!!! you are a beautiful mother. i totally agree about the babes being permanent presents! seriously, who needs chocolates or flowers when you can squeeze and kiss your little cuddle bug?!! what a blessing children are!

Rhiannon Nicole said...

ok so first off my friend...

a) you are absolutely breaktaking. holy smokes girl!
b) this post is beautiful. both your moms are blessed to call you their daughter. what a special tribute here.
c) I love new friends!! YIPPE!! Have a great week sista!!

XOXO

Amy said...

Beautifully said Sarah. I love what you have to say about being a mom. It is the best gift ever and I'm thankful for your example!

Megan said...

This was such a great post. I loved reading about both of your moms.

Heather at All A Flutter said...

what a wonderful post!

Heather @ Gerber Days said...

What a sweet post about both of your mothers! You are a great Mom!!!... PS. You were a STUNNING bride.

Love your thrifty outfit in the below post. Lets be honest.... You can get away with wearing anything.

Claire said...

Beautiful post, Sarah.

Pratishtha Durga said...

Hi. I just discovered your blog and it has stolen my heart. I just lost my mother and your words have touched a deep cord inside me. These are beautiful, heartfelt words. Thanks for sharing. you are indeed a lucky woman.

LuckyStarHeather said...

I totally love your thoughts on this...it is amazing and it is a gift. I came to visit from Lucky Linky Tuesday at Lucky Star Lane and I'm your newest subscriber. I think you're just lovely, inside and out :)

The Giesler's said...

Hi Sarah! Thank you for your comment, it's so nice to meet you. I had to come over and check out your story. It's beautiful. Although I didn't have a step-dad fill in, I did have so many father-figures in my life (uncles, fathers of friends, pastors). Each provided me with a little something that I would have missed out on otherwise... affection, encouragement, assurance.
How blessed we are! I love your story.