This morning I woke up in tears. I can't stop thinking about the women who can't have children or aren't married. My heart yearns for them. I want them to enjoy what I enjoy. To hold a baby in their arms. I want some child to say, "I love you Momma!" to them.
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Every year for mothers day, in every congregation I have been in- Mothers Day is the topic. Mothers are revered, and given gifts, praised and adored. This morning as I was getting ready I mentioned to Captain America that I was sad for the women without families and children. I expressed how I wished for those women that we could just ignore Mother's Day. I wished that we could just talk about the atonement and the Saviors suffering for our own pains and suffering.
True to tradition the opening talk was about all of the service that mothers render, and the second was the roll of daughters of god as mothers. Oh my heart ached. And then as if by some answer to secret prayer, our sweet bishop got up and spoke of the very concerns in my heart. He talked about he and his wife and how for many many years they were unable to conceive. After much struggle and five years of trying they were finally blessed to be parents. He talked about the heartache and joy. There wasn't a single woman with a dry eye in the congregation. Thank you Heavenly Father for the compassion of a bishop.
One of my dear friends from Minnesota wrote this, and I used it with her permission.
"Not too long ago, I was childless. I desperately wanted children. Every Mother's Day was a struggle. Not because I didn't love my own Mother or Grandmother or any other Motherly figure in my life, but because I wanted to be called "Mom". I can clearly remember how difficult it was for every Mother's Day to come and not have any children. The emotions I felt were so real, so raw. To my friends who are going through IVF treatments, taking different medications and trying their hardest to have children...I understand. I'm praying for your comfort. I love you."
This is my friend with her two beautiful children.
One of my friends sent me an email today, with this awesome quote.
“While we tend to equate Motherhood solely with maternity, in the Lord’s language the word mother has layers of meaning. Of all the words they could have chosen to define her role and her essence, both God the Father and Adam called Eve “the mother of all living”--and they did so before she ever bore a child... Motherhood is more than bearing children... It is the essence of who we are as women.It defines our very identity,our divine stature and nature, and the unique traits our Father gave us... Gordon B. Hinckley has also stated “God planted within women something divine”. That something is the gift and gifts of Motherhood."- Sheri Dew
Sheri Dew is an amazing, unmarried, childless, woman.
We have each been blessed to mother children, and their are many mothers around the world also that are assisting us quietly behind the scenes in helping us mother our children. So to all of those mothers out there, with or without children we give this Mothers Day gift to you, 2 free motherhood printables.