This child made me a mama.
He makes me a better person.
He challenges me daily and loves me fiercely.
He doesn't make it easy to be a mama, but he sure does make it rewarding.
David made me realize I can do this being a mama business.
He makes me want to do it well, every day.
This boy makes it easy to be a mama.
He makes everything I do as his mama seem like the best thing ever.
Henry makes me know, every day, that the mama I am is exactly the mama he needs.
He makes being a mama exciting every day.
That may be excitement from a broken bone or a split lip or a silly joke or a big homerun.
But it's always exciting.
He makes me be a more prepared mama. . . you never know what will happen with Jack around.
Jack makes being a mama fun.
And this child . . . she makes being a mama intentional.
"A child born to another woman calls me mommy.
The magnitude of that tragedy and the depth of that privilege are not lost on me." - Jody Landers
I had to want to be Katie's mama. I chose to be Katie's mama. I wanted to be David, Henry, and Jack's mama, but it wasn't required. I had to prove that I should be Katie's mama, that I could be her mama.
She didn't know what it was like to have a mama for almost her whole life. I will spend the rest of mine making sure she knows she has a mama who loves her with her entire heart. Not just because I have to love her; because I want to love her.
It is not lost on me that I am Katie's mother because someone else is not. I am thankful that Katie's birth mother made what I'm sure was not an easy choice. I am proud that I have been trusted with Katie, and I will always make sure that Katie knows that her first mama is where her story started.
And my mama. . .
I couldn't have hand picked someone better to be my mama.
I am thankful for her every day, but particularly so on Mother's Day.
I know, now, that being a mama is so hard. She never made it seem so. My mama is beautiful, inside and out. She is fun, supportive, smart, sensitive, caring, generous, and creative. She is every single thing I hope to be. I am so proud to be her daughter.
Happy Mother's Day!