…to all the amazing mothers in my life. How I learn from you! A couple months ago on a beautiful spring day I sat with a group of inspiring women from the “American Mothers” organization. As each woman gave a word of advice to the new mothers going to the national convention in New York, love of motherhood seeped into my heart filling it to the brim. This lady standing here below is the one who made it overflow: You can’t see her very well because I was trying to be incognito with my picture-taking. But I was compelled to take that photo because I wanted to remember not really the words she was saying but how she made me feel as she was saying them. She has so many motherhood years under her belt. She exuded goodness and love of the opportunity we mothers have to help shape little minds. To teach little souls to fly. And I left that meeting that I really hadn’t had time to go to, got there late, left a little early, thanking my lucky stars that I was there and that I get to have examples like that in my life. That I get to be a mother. That I get to stand up for motherhood wherever I go. That when people ask me what I do for a living I get to proudly state “I raise children.” I raise the little souls entrusted in my care from a loving Heavenly Father. I know there are many kinds of mothers out there. Ones who are struggling with trials I can’t even comprehend. Mothers who aren’t even mothers yet but who mother those around them with all the love that a biological mother would. I am so grateful for a day to honor motherhood in all it’s varieties. Because really, what C.S. Lewis said all those years ago still rings so true today: “What do ships, railways, mines, cars, and government exist for except that people may be fed, warmed, and safe in their own homes?…[the Homemaker’s] job is one for which all others exist." (More on what I wrote about Motherhood with that quote on a guest post years ago over here.) And I’m especially grateful for my Mom (more here). And my Mother-in-Law. And how they have shaped my own motherhood. Happy Mother’s Day!