Happy Mother’s Day

I just wanted to take a moment and wish you all a Happy Mother’s Day and share with you some photos of the amazing women in my life. These women have and continue to be examples of beauty and service to me.  I have been blessed to be surrounded by women who are quiet, yet strong examples of what Motherhood is all about.

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My Mother

Each of these women have all had their own unique challenges, some large, some small, some whose burdens have been known to others and some who have had struggles known only to them while carried deeply within their own hearts.

But they each have been and continue to be examples of courage and strength by the way they live and have lived their lives.

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My Mother and Grandmother

"There is no one perfect way to be a good mother. Each situation is unique. Each mother has different challenges, different skills and abilities, and certainly different children. The choice is different and unique for each mother and each family. Many are able to be “full-time moms,” at least during the most formative years of their children’s lives, and many others would like to be. Some may have to work part-or full-time; some may work at home; some may divide their lives into periods of home and family and work. What matters is that a mother loves her children deeply and, in keeping with the devotion she has for God and her husband, prioritizes them above all else."

–M. Russell Ballard “Daughters of God,” Ensign, May 2008, 108–10

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On my blessing day.

My Mother, Her Mother on the left and my Dad’s Mother on the right.

I truly believe that women have the ability to love many children and friends as she would love her own physical flesh and blood.  And that Mother’s come in all shapes and sizes.  Some have their own children by birth, some love and raise children that are born from another, some have mother hearts to others around them, and some mothers have empty arms where children should be.  Regardless, we are all women who are striving to raise generations of happy and beautiful children.

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Mother-In-Law

Motherhood is challenging.  It is a 24 hour a day job that can be physically, emotionally and spiritually demanding.  We women should be building each other up, supporting each other and cheering the other on as we try to Mother in our own and unique ways.

I am so grateful for the women who are teaching me how to Mother my own children. And I am grateful for the women who love my children as their own….aunts, grandma’s, neighbors, teachers, leaders, and my dear friends.

Here’s to wishing all of you a Happy Mother’s Day.  I hope you are able to spend it with your loved ones.  And if not, that you are able to reflect on the great blessings that those women have brought into your life.

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