Mother's Day

Mother's Day.  

I'm not sure where to begin, except to share what's it's been like in my life.

Mother's Day as a child was making homemade gifts at school, and my dad asking my aunt to buy my mom a mother's day gift.  

Mother's Day as a teenager was my dad now asking me to buy my mom a "nice"  gift, and if it came with "free with purchase" then I also received a mother's day gift; and just spending the morning at church, followed by a cookout or family gathering. 

Mother's Day as an adult was trying to get home to celebrate with my mom, and taking her out to eat or having a family cookout.

Mother's Day as a wife was still trying to get home to celebrate with my mom; but learning that I now have a second mother, my mother-in-law.

Mother's Day as a wife but also desiring to be a mother, and my mother desiring to be an abuela (grandmother in English); but neither of us felt comfortable enough to share those desires to each other.

Mother's Day as a mother, being celebrated for motherhood; feeling like I"m not the one that should be celebrated.

Mother's Day without my mother, wishing I had celebrated her more. 

This Mother's Day, if you’re desiring to be a mother and be celebrated, may you stand firm on His promise, "He makes the barren woman, a joyful mother of children!" - Psalms 113:9.  May you be able to take your eyes off yourself, and truly celebrate your mom (or another mother figure) this Mother's Day.

All my love,
~Brandi

 Me and my mom, Mother's Day 2012

Me and my mom, Mother's Day 2012