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For anyone who knows me personally, you know that I love Chip & Joanna Gaines from HGTV‘s Fixer Upper. I love their playfulness, I love their talent, I love their love for one another, but above and beyond everything else, I love that they place such an emphasis on the importance of family and that it is 100% authentic, not just for cameras.
With all of that said, I was reading Joanna’s blog today, and her ode to all mother’s, particularly this weekend. I feel like she had a lot of genuinely wonderful things to say and I think it will speak to everyone in different ways. For me, there was one particular segment that hit me hard and sent me to tears… "when I started writing this post it was all about the joy of motherhood—but when I thought about all the strong moms around me, it didn’t take me long to realize the name “mom” isn’t easy to come by. These mothers have fought infertility, miscarriage or even the loss of a child. So whether you’re a mom right in the middle of raising your babies, or you find yourself in the throes of immense pain—this day is for all of us."
There are so many unsung heroes in this world, mother’s, stepmother’s, bonus moms, grandmothers, godmothers, soon to be moms, women trying to get pregnant, women who have lost children to a miscarriage(s) or a tragedy, etc. As women, we bear such emotional weight everyday (and usually not just our own) and we carry as if it is nothing. It is because of this strength that people often forget to stop and say “I appreciate you and all that you do” and we carry on anyway, because it is like an unsaid motto we share as women…we take care of our own no matter what.
So for all of those women who take care of you, no matter who they are, real mother or not, we challenge you this Mother’s Day weekend to a gratefulness challenge. Take 5 minutes out of your day to write down 10 (or more) things you appreciate about that woman/women. And then share it with them! Let them know that you notice all of the little things they do for you, not just the grandiose things. Let them know that you may not express it all the time, but that you love them as unconditionally as they love you. Thank them for being a pillar of strength in your life, a source of inspiration, a confidante, a voice of reason and so much more. Your words of appreciation will mean more than any gift you could ever give. And it’s so easy. So even if it makes you squirm, give the gift of gratefulness this Mother’s Day to those you love. Trust me...you will receive it back tenfold.
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