The Gift of Motherhood Comes In Many Ways: Reflection & Famous Quotes

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms out there! However motherhood found you and whatever kind of mom social titles label you, you are a Mother and this day is for you!

Happy Mother's Day

To the moms who have one or a dozen or more children, Happy Mother’s Day. To the moms who became moms by intention or by surprise, Happy Mother’s Day. To the moms who became moms as a teen or when you thought your were “done,” Happy Mother’s Day. To the moms whose arms are empty due to miscarriage or loss, Happy Mother’s Day. To the moms who trusted their precious little ones to another, Happy Mother’s Day. To the moms who struggle in life and someone else is currently being a mom to your children, Happy Mother’s Day. To the moms who opened their arms to tiny babes, toddlers, big kids and teens who simply needed someone to love and care for them for a few days, months or a lifetime, Happy Mother’s Day. To the moms who embraced their husband’s children from another, Happy Mother’s Day.

I am so blessed to know every one of these kinds of moms and to be a mom myself. We women are indeed blessed to have had our lives touched by a child. Motherhood is a gift, however it comes to you, for you have been given the gift of a life, created & given to you by our Heavenly Father, entrusted to you to love and nurture… one of His own children, as they journey through the life He gave them.

A child should never be taken for granted, for we never know the time we will have with them… a few hours,  days, weeks, years or a lifetime. Love your children with intention. Let them see, feel, know and trust your love. It is their most basic need. It is their security. It is their confidence. It is part of their being and identity. It is priceless investment with huge returns, just ask any child who knows this kind of mother’s love or one who craves it desperately.

We are not promised forever with them, or them forever with us. I lost my mom at 11 years old to a car accident. The love, time and attention she poured into us in those short years; her compassion for others; the witness of her life and love for Christ; the mother and person she was, inspires and shapes me still.

I give my most special Happy Mother’s Day wishes to the two most special moms in my life. One is my step-mom who became my bonus mom when I was 12 years old and loved us and our dad very well. She is also a phenomenal grandmother to my son and he adores his Gran.  The other special mom is my son’s first mom. I am forever grateful for her love for my son and her courage to make me his mom. I love her dearly and we are forever connected over the love for this one special boy who made us both first time moms…and is both our son!

We are blessed to have an open adoption which was not so common 18 years ago, but it has been the greatest gift the two of us have given him.  He is blessed to have always known the love of his birth mom and her amazing family that we call our own. His life is deeper and richer because God has blessed him with the love of many families…mine, my husband’s and his birth family’s….so much love realized by a single child because everyone we love simply opened their hearts and minds to open adoption. Adoption is truly a special kind of love story!!

Quotes

This Mother’s Day, I want to share with you some inspirational quotes for moms. However, wherever or whenever you find the blessings of motherhood, I wish you a very special Mother’s Day and hope you find inspiration, smiles and joy in some of these famous quotes.

“However motherhood comes to you, it’s a miracle.” -Valerie Harper

“Children are the anchors of a mother’s life.” – Sophocles

“I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.” -Abraham Lincoln

“Giving birth does not make a mother…Placing a child for adoption does not make her less of one.” -Unknown

“Adoptive Mom? I am a Mom. I need no other label or prefix.” -Joanne Greco

“The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.” -Theodore Hesburgh

“When you honor the birth family, you honor the child. When you don’t honor the birth family, the child will believe that something is inherently wrong with him/her.” -Sherrie Eldridge

“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.” -Author Unknown

“God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers. -Jewish Proverb

“People say ‘he’s so lucky to have you.’ The truth is I’m so lucky to have him.” -Anonymous

“A Birthmother puts the needs of her child above the wants of her heart.”-Skye Hardwick

“When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child. -Sophia Loren

“If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?” – Milton Berle 

“A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.” – Tenneco Jordan

“All mothers are working mothers.”-Unknown 

“An ounce of mother is worth a ton of priest.” -Spanish Proverb

“There are no unwanted children. Just unfound families.” -Anonymous

“Children need two things. One is roots and the other is wings.” -Unknown

“We should not be asking who this child belongs to, but who belongs to this child.” –James L. Gritter

A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest. -Irish Proverb

“They may not have my eyes, they may not have my smile, but they have all my heart.” –Unknown

“Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs; the ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile, and who love you no matter what.” -Unknown

“I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars.” — E. M. Forster

“Not flesh of my flesh.
Not bone of my bone. But still miraculously my own.
And never forget for a minute.
You were not born under my heart.
You were born in my heart.”
-Author Unknown

A mom’s hug lasts long after she lets go. – Unknown

“Once there were two women who never knew each other
One you do not remember, the other you call Mother
Two different lives shaped to make you one
One became your guiding star, the other became your sun
The first one gave you life, and the second taught you to live it
The first gave you a need for love, the second was there to give it
One gave you a nationality, the other gave you a name
One gave you a talent, the other gave you aim
One gave you emotions, the other calmed your fears
One saw your first sweet smile, the other dried you tears
One made an adoption plan, that was all that she could do
The other prayed for a child, and God led her straight to you.
Now, which of these two women, Are you the product of?
Both, my darling, Both, Just two different types of love.”
Julie Anderson

“Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.”  – Robert Browning

“We live in a world in we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say ‘It’s not my child, not my community, not my problem.’ Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.” -Fred Rogers

“There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.”  -Jill Churchill

“Mother – that was the bank where we deposited all our hurts and worries.” – T. Dewitt Talmage

XOXO & Happy Mother’s Day, Hope Maria