First, to the Bonus Moms. Throughout my life, I’ve had so many different mamas who have taken me in, loved me as their own and helped fill gaps I didn’t even know I had. They’ve laughed with me, cried with me, put me in my place; celebrated and grieved alongside me. And they’ve prayed for me. Oh, how I know they’ve prayed for me. Bonus moms deserve all the celebrating and I hope they know how much they mean to me.
Second, to my friends and soul sisters who are moms or on the cusp of motherhood. Thank you for sharing your babes with me and letting me aunt so hard. You’re amazing heroes in your own right.
Third, to the ladies in my life who, like me, took Jen Hatmaker’s advice and stayed home this morning. I see you. I see you missing your mamas. I see you wishing desperately to be a mama; waiting for babies or waiting for husbands because you’d like one of those before you have some babies. I see you single mamas who are just doing the best you can. I see you wrestling because you’re not sure you want to be a mama (that’s okay!). Know you are seen and loved today. It’s okay to feel all the tension today might bring. Have an ice cream, buy a new outfit, take a nap or drink the wine. Care for yourself.
And finally and most especially today, to my mama. For all of the women who have loved me, you are the only one who gave me life. Thank you for giving me that beautiful gift. I love you to the moon and back!