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Saturday, May 9, 2009

"Mommies" are Mothers Too!

Warm greetings and prayers to you, Mommies, as you remember your special child(ren) this Mother's Day. I sit down to write this post with a warm cup of coffee on this beautiful spring day, after taking a break from working on the yard. My husband is outside mowing and I hear the buzz of the mower in the background - louder, softer, louder, and softer now. Our project this Mother's Day weekend, as it has come to be each Mother's Day weekend for the past three years, is to work in the yard. There's something therapeutic about it for me - being outside and enjoying the majesty and beauty of God's marvelous creation - which is even found right outside in my back yard in the heart of Iowa.

"God saw all that He had made, and it was very good."
Genesis 1:31

Mother's Day is also a special time for me, as I remember Chloe, because her birthday always falls right around Mother's Day. This year, it is the day after Mother's Day. To honor her life, it has come tradition to purchase new plants to add to our landscaping, particularly in an area where we have a special bench and garden dancer for her. I always look forward to seeing the plants come back every year. I think there is such symbolism in planting flowers or a tree or whatever you prefer, to honor and remember your child. Though they cannot be here physically with us any longer, something lives on in their name. They are not forgotten. And neither are you, Mommies.

Mother's Day is a bittersweet holiday for many of us. Some of you, like me, have living children whom you absolutely love and adore with all your hearts, just as much as you love your child who already rests in Jesus' arms. Others of you may have endured the death of your only child. Still, others of you may be wondering if God will ever bless you with a child to raise on this side of heaven. Whatever the situation you find yourselves in this Mother's Day, know that you are in our thoughts and prayers as you celebrate, yes celebrate, being a mother. For that is what you are, regardless of whether you are able to hold your child in your arms today. Just think what joy they must know in the face of our Savior, Jesus!

"Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and joy in his dwelling place."
1 Chronicles 16:27

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