Happy Mother’s Day to all you Mountain Moms and to Moms all over the world! I hope that you take time today to celebrate all that you are and all that you have done in the last year.
Take a few minutes to remember that it wasn’t just an endless cycle of meal making and meal picking up off the floor, it was nourishing your not-so-little-anymore ones. See it how much they’ve grown.
It wasn’t just talking away to yourself like a crazy cat lady or repeating the same phrase like “out of your mouth!” over and over and over again, it was teaching skills and survival. See it in how they run to show and tell you each new thing they discover.
It wasn’t just the give, give, give that it often feels like. Think about how much heart swelling joy and love you draw from them too. Then take another minute to just drink it up even deeper.
And before you have to jump back in to the to-do list that will never end, read this. This Love Letter to Mother’s Everywhere is from the talented Abundant Mama creator Shawn Fink . If you haven’t checked out the Abundant Mama website or podcast I recommend it.
Dear wonderful, sweet tired, worn-out You.
Sit down. Rest.
Clear your mind of all thoughts.
Forget the morning’s drama. Forget the battle cries. Forget the way things just didn’t go well this morning.
Rest. Let go of the day’s worries and stresses. Just be.
Know this. Know just this.
You are doing a great job.
In the middle of all of what you see as mistakes and failures and imperfections there is so much perfection and beauty.
You are their Sunshine. Their umbrella. Their warm blanket. Their hand to hold.
You are their patient. Their student. Their baby to babysit. Their fellow swashbuckling pirate.
You are not told it enough but you are loved.
You are loved for how, at the end of the day, you make everything better with a single kiss and a bedtime story.
Love you to the moon, and back.
You are loved for your gentle touch and playful laugh even when all you feel like doing is taking a nap.
Sleep little baby don’t say a word.
You are loved for how you bring everyone together by offering a nourishing meal, a good night’s rest, clothes that match, games to play, piles upon piles of books to read.
You are loved for making sure everything is just the way it needs to be. Always. Day after day. Season after season. Year after year. Phase after phase.
In the middle of what you see as mistakes and failures and imperfections there is so much perfection and beauty.
Your warmth. Your security. Your faith. Your trust. Your love. Your give-everything-you’ve-got heart. Your it-will-be-ok messages. Your eat-your-veggies please pleases.
There may not be a village holding you up.
There may not be a village patting you on the back. There may not be a village giving you a break. There may not even be a village there to catch you when you fall.
Catch yourself doing things right. Catch yourself doing things well. Catch yourself being full of love.
Catch yourself doing your very best.
Appreciate yourself and all that you offer to the world. Show yourself the love that you’ve been longing to receive. Immerse yourself in the joy of living as a precious gift to yourself.
Wear the crown of Mother proudly. Let it shine upon your kind soul and light up the world as much as you light up your children.
And at the end of the day, you will be there.
Even when they are gone. Even when you are apart. Even when times are hard.
You will always be their mother.
And everyone is just fine. They are doing great. They are wonderful. Amazing.
Because of you.
Oh yes … because of you.
If you’d like a printable version of the letter Shawn has created one for you here.
And if that has made you cry, cheer your self up with one of the funniest mom videos to sweep the web last month. Love your work Tired ‘N Tested!
Enjoy Your Day Mamas x