These four faces made me a mother: the first by birth, the second by fire, the third by boy, and the fourth by grace. Every step I’ve taken in health and growth, spiritually, physically and mentally, has been to make me a better mother to them.
They gave me the question of my life: “How can I love better, bigger, and more fully?”
The answers have often surprised me and almost always cost me something I didn’t expect, but it has been worth it every time.
When they were small, I gave up my body, my time, my work, my sense of autonomy, and even some of my dreams. As they grew, I gave up thinking I always knew what was best, right, or even true for them.
Instead I just tried to love them well and set them free to be whoever God made them to be. In return, I’ve received the privilege of their presence, intelligence, humor, curiosity, compassion and company and I also received the gift of that question, the one that animates my life and keeps leading me down new paths and to new discoveries.
“How can I love better, bigger, and more fully?”
So Happy Mother’s Day to the kids who made a mom of me!