ON MOTHERING, OR NOT.

As my years and experiences in this life add up, I feel a heaviness surrounding the celebration of Mother’s Day. I wrestle with how I can best lend an ear or a shoulder to those I know who struggle with the role that motherhood has played in their lives. I shed tears with the couples close to me that must accept the frustrating and heartbreaking news of a negative pregnancy test each month. I lament with the friends and family who have had to say goodbye to their babies before even a look was exchanged. I pray that no one I know should have to face the devastating news that it is time to say goodbye to their infant or child.
Today, my dear friends, I think of you. I struggle, deeply, with the guilt of knowing that I have been blessed with something that you long for. I ask your forgiveness for the times in which I have taken my role of motherhood for granted, especially in your presence, and thank you for how gracious you have been in the midst of my shortsightedness and selfishness. I am so very grateful for the ways that you have mothered me and my own children — we need you. Whether you are a mother, or you desperately long to someday be one, or have chosen another vocation entirely, I lend my support as you discern your identity and purpose both in and outside of motherhood. 

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  1. you have such a beautiful heart, dear friend. thanks for your words of love and, for me, words of conviction. i spent most of yesterday (and if we're being honest, practically everyday) being exhausted by motherhood. you remind me to be grateful for the great blessing, and even challenge, that it is.

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