The weekend before Mother's Day

Churches, schools, offices, and more will be celebrating their mothers this next week. As we should! I can easily look to my own Mom—a farmer’s wife, full time employee with essentially 3 full time jobs (wife/mother, banking, farm bookkeeping and farm work). And I think of my mother-in-law—a woman who worked full time and for many years raised two boys as a single mom and served in many leadership capacities for her community.

My Mom and I: no caption does her justice! She is the most selfless person I know. 

My Mom and I: no caption does her justice! She is the most selfless person I know. 

Let’s celebrate these moms-- And moms with different stories all day long!

My MIL Sharon and I: so thankful she was the one who raised my husband into the man he is today!

My MIL Sharon and I: so thankful she was the one who raised my husband into the man he is today!

But we’ve got a week now and need to tap into our hearts. We need to celebrate our moms, as well as several other women in our lives:

A)     Women who mother

My EDGE mentor Valerie and her daughter came to visit Cora and I shortly after she was born. She is a woman who mothers so many other young women, along with her own children. 

My EDGE mentor Valerie and her daughter came to visit Cora and I shortly after she was born. She is a woman who mothers so many other young women, along with her own children. 

I’m not talking about your “Mom-Mom”. But let’s think about the other women in our lives who mother us with selflessness and sacrifice. Do you have a professional mentor? A teacher?  A Bible study leader? A neighbor? A peer?  Think about it. Write their names down and let them know those motherly attributes that mean so much to you and others.

B)      Women who are struggling with infertility

This is a really tough week/weekend for women who have struggled with infertility. I'm so thankful to see that this past week has been National Infertility Awareness Week and has been lifted up by men and women. Let us not be so quick to forget many women in our lives who desire to become mothers but have not yet. What’s her love language? A small gift, a card with sweet words, quality time together, or a big hug—think about it and follow through.

C)      Our friends who are mothers

I struggled to pick just one mom-friend photo because there so many wonderful ones in my life! But I just had to pick this gal- my best friend since we were babies. Betsy is a mom to TWO TWIN GIRLS who also works in our hometown's school system mothering other children along with supporting her husband's business. She has watched Cora for us during our move to KY and we share texts on diaper rashes and such. I admire her work ethic so much, along with her ability to be flexible (I guess you have to be with twins, huh?). 

I struggled to pick just one mom-friend photo because there so many wonderful ones in my life! But I just had to pick this gal- my best friend since we were babies. Betsy is a mom to TWO TWIN GIRLS who also works in our hometown's school system mothering other children along with supporting her husband's business. She has watched Cora for us during our move to KY and we share texts on diaper rashes and such. I admire her work ethic so much, along with her ability to be flexible (I guess you have to be with twins, huh?). 

I don’t know about you but the sweetest moments happen when another woman stops me in Wal-Mart and says—“Hey, you’re doing a great job there, Mom.” Or just the other day, my dear friend Katy was so encouraging to me regarding being a mom—and it was DAY. MADE. Katy is not a mother herself and I have no clue about the woman in Wal-Mart, but there’s something about that thoughtfulness from another lady that means so much. So if you’re a mother or if you are not, think about some friends who you can encourage because your words will be a sweet as honey.

All three of us girls: I feel such a privilege to be a mother to little girls that, I pray, become strong women. 

All three of us girls: I feel such a privilege to be a mother to little girls that, I pray, become strong women.