I Love you MomOn this Mother’s Day, let us all honor those women who gave us life. Thank you for making the decision to do so. It is the most incredible and powerful gift that God could have given to us – the amazing miracle allowing us to create, carry, protect and give life to another human being.  And, today let’s honor all the Mothers – the truest friend we will ever have.

I am very fortunate to have been raised by a great Mom. And I’m sure many of you feel the same way about yours. I think it is THE most important job in the world and it carries a huge responsibility with it.

When I think about my own Mom, I realize the most important thing she gave to me was always being “present” in my life — as a baby, a toddler, a teen and an adult.  She has always been a constant in my life.

I could rattle off 9 million things she did for me while I was growing up. Kissed the boo boos, put me in time-out, drove me to and attended every extracurricular event and sporting event she could still while working one, and sometimes two jobs. Yeah, she made it happen somehow.

Cooking dinner every single night. Teaching me how to drive. Helping me with school projects. Chaperoning field trips. Showing up for all my school performances. Making my prom dresses. Giving me boy advice when I was crushed over some knucklehead. Disciplining me when I pulled some stunt.

And……telling me how proud she was of me when I accomplished something and it didn’t matter what it was. I could have won the annual pumpkin growing contest and she would have made me feel like I just climbed Mt. Everest.

I knew every day that my Mom honestly cared about me. She worried about me. She sacrificed for me. She was “interested” in me. She always knew where I was. She supported me, promoted me and encouraged me. She always let me know she was proud of me and she “showed” me how much she loved me. Daily.

She was “present” in every way. All the time. And she is today. It never stops.

Even today as a grown adult, she’s does the same things from thousands of miles away. She is a timeless teacher. How does she know exactly what to say at every important moment? How?

But not everyone is as fortunate in this world because of certain circumstances. So I consider myself to be very lucky. I have always believed that “there are mothers and there are women who have children.” There’s a big difference between the two. Being a mother is so much more than giving birth. It’s everything that happens after that extraordinary day when you experience that miracle.

I am blessed to be a mother to one son and also to be a stepmother to two amazing kids.  Step parenting can be the hardest job in the world sometimes. I got some great advice many years ago. “Just know that you are and will always be the extra adult in their lives.” I embraced that role. I’m always there when they need me. They know and I know the very special relationship we have.  I am always present in all 3 of their lives. Daily.  

The greatest compliment I ever got was when my mother told me what a great mom I had become. Those were some big shoes to fill Mom….I wonder who I learned that from?

Mothers have shaped our world from the cradle by rocking, nurturing and teaching us.  Then we grow up to make life-changing and history making accomplishments. For every preacher, president, volunteer worker, employee, entrepreneur, technician, musician, community worker, doctor, and caregiver among so many others —- there is a “mother” behind them all who encouraged her child to reach his/her full potential.

Cheers to all the mothers and the stepmothers out there and thank you for the role you have in our lives. It’s a pretty important one. I hope you all realize it. Have an amazing Mother’s Day!  We are truly blessed to be one.  God is a genius.

Motherhood will always be my single greatest achievement.  Love, Gina.

“Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” — Robert Browning

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