Keep on Keeping on

Mother’s Day. It means so much, to so many. We rejoice in this day with you, no matter how you ‘fit’ into it. Happy Mother’s Day, from your friends at Madison Adoption Associates.

Dear Mom of toddlers,

Hang in there.  You can’t pee alone, eat alone, heck, do anything alone.  But you do it.  Day in and day out.  You put yourself aside, and do it.  You push swings endlessly, know the names of all the Thomas engines, make sure they each have their favorite cup (even if it means constantly washing it, though you probably have 43728 other cups).  You give hugs, time outs, kisses to boo boos, ultimatums, but mostly, love.  Keep on keeping on.  The days are long but the years are short.  Happy Mother’s Day.

Dear Waiting Mom,

You’ve done all the paperwork.  You’ve done all the research.  You’ve done all the training, and invasive interviews.  You have everything in place for when your little finally comes home.  Now you must wait.  You must hurry up and get everything done, and wait.  Though your child isn’t home yet, you are a Mom.  You are an advocate for your child.  You are a Mama Bear. You fight for your child with each form, each document, each requirement.  Keep on keeping on.  She’ll be home soon.  Happy Mother’s Day.

Dear Adoptive Mom,

You are a heart healer.  You hold the burden of your child’s pain in hopes that they don’t have to.  You love them unconditionally, even when they don’t even like you.  You are their rock.  You are their constant.  You are their forever.  Keep on keeping on.  Happy Mother’s Day.

Dear Birth Mom,

You kept them safe.  You kept them warm.  You nourished them.  You chose life.  You made the hardest decision a Mother has to make, and you set them free.  Know your pain is not forgotten.  Keep on keeping on.  Happy Mother’s Day.

Dear Foster Mom,

You love them fiercely, day in and day out, knowing you won’t have them forever.  You take it one day at a time, and give them the world each and every day.  When others say, ‘I couldn’t do that, knowing I’d have to say goodbye,’ that’s exactly why you do it, because you know how important love is for them, even though you know it will shred your heart.  You are their Mama, for one day, or for 500, because it is best for them.  Keep on keeping on.  Happy Mother’s Day.  

Dear New Mom,

You’ve been dreaming and praying for this for years.  And now it’s here.  You are a Mom.  And it is H.A.R.D.  Harder than you ever though possible.  But you do it.  You wake up each morning (or maybe you haven’t even slept yet), and commit yourself to this child.  Because with each hard moment, there are a million sweet moments that melt your heart.  Embrace the good, and get through the not so good.  Keep on keeping on.  Happy Mother’s Day.

Dear Single Mom,

You do it alone. You are both parents. While some of us ‘share’ the parenting responsibilities, you do it all. The weight of that can often feel overwhelming. But you keep at it. Every day. You are their everything. Keep on keeping on. Happy Mother’s Day.

Dear Mom of teenagers,

You embarrass them.  Maybe they embarrass you.  They want nothing to do with you.  According to them, they have the whole world figured out, and you know nothing.  Even still, you pack their lunch, you go to every game, you make sure their laundry ‘miraculously’ gets in their drawers.  Keep on keeping on.  Happy Mother’s Day.

Dear Grandma,

Without you, we wouldn’t be Moms!  Without you, we wouldn’t know what to do.  You kissed us, so we know how to kiss them.  You taught us, so we know how to teach them.  You guided us, so we know how to guide them.  Thank you.  Keep on keeping on.  Enjoy the joys of grandmotherhood.  Happy Mother’s Day.

To all the Moms today, no matter how you ‘fit’ into this day, we celebrate you. Enjoy the day, and bask in the celebration of YOU. Keep on keeping on. Happy Mother’s Day.