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Dear Mom, I’m thankful

Every year on this day, I remember it as the day my life would forever change. I often wonder exactly what that day was like for you emotionally. You had only given birth to me 12 days prior and now you would never have the opportunity to actually mother your baby girl. 

The saying “it gets better with time” is not necessarily true. It’s been 45 years and growing up motherless has not gotten any easier over the years. Every season in life has brought its unique challenges.  I have just learned to manage the void.

Today, in the midst of an emotional day of an emotional filled Mother’s Day week…I choose to be thankful. 

I’m thankful  for the foundation you set for me.

I’m thankful for the family I was born into.

I’m thankful you had a passionate marriage with dad.

I’m thankful I had 2 years with dad before he was reunited with you.

I’m thankful I was raised by my immediate family.

I’m thankful that when I don’t know what to do next, I feel your guidance.

I’m thankful that I know the woman I have become is much of who you were.

I’m thankful that though this has been the deepest void in my life, I have been able to support other girls who have become motherless.

I’m thankful for a God who wraps me in His arms when I feel overwhelmed by  the emptiness of not having you.

I’m thankful for the 12 days I had with you, though I don’t remember them, it was a gift.

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Thankful 4 It All

Think for a minute or two of how good life can be, and you’ll see that life’s true goodness comes not from what you have, but from how much you value and appreciate it.

There is absolutely no end to the possibilities for richness and fulfillment in your life. There is also absolutely no limit to what you can make of whatever you have.

Consider for a minute of three what you are able to be thankful for, and you’ll discover something wonderful and empowering. You can be thankful 4 it all. Let me say that again.. “YOU CAN BE THANKFUL 4 IT ALL”

Look back for a minute of four and you’ll see that the pleasures and the pains have both pushed you forward and given you countless opportunities for real growth. You’ve been supported by the good things you do have and inspired to reach for those things you do not yet have.

The triumphs have given you joy and the disappointments have strengthened your determination. All of it has enabled you to more richly fulfill the beautiful, genuine person you are.


So for the rest of this month, treasure all that is around you, whatever it may be, and open yourself to the positive possibilities that you so richly deserve. Be truly thankful 4 it all, and every day is even more rich and fulfilling than the day before.

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