Letters of Gratitude

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I am not a Mother, so Mother’s Day means something different to me than it does to many women out there.

If I am completely honest, motherhood frightens me.

There are a dozen reasons to be terrified of becoming a parent, and as Darrick and I get nearer to the reality of adopting a child and growing our family, I find myself more often looking for answers to my big questions.

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Luckily I am surrounded by examples of women becoming great moms.

I have watched nearly every one of my friends take on the challenge, and EVERY SINGLE ONE of them has grown into a kinder, more patient, more content version of themselves through the experience.

I have also watched them grow through the challenges and learn because of the struggles.

And so for my Healthy Beauty Mother’s Day Challenge, I wanted to take the time to tell them how much I admire them, and to thank them for being such positive role models of parenting.

I decided to write the moms in my life letters to tell them that I see and am inspired by their efforts of love. ♥

I fully believe there is not a mom out there who is appreciated enough, and so I wanted to show my appreciation for these strong women.

I always have a plethora of stationery and note cards at the ready, and so I dug through my bin to find what felt right.

I had a few pretty options. I also had some very pretty forever stamps on hand which always dress up an envelope.

I sat in bed one afternoon with the window open to let in the breeze, and I concentrated on all the joy and sorrow I have seen my friends and family feel throughout their parenting experiences.

I let my fear and insecurities surface and with each one, I thought of a time when the wonderful ladies in my life showed me examples of how to be brave, handle diversity, and to remain an individual while creating and raising another human.

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My eyes welled up more than once, and my throat tightened with emotions with every single letter.

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I wrote 22 letters of gratitude! 22!

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When I finished addressing the last one, it occurred to me that while I thought I was giving each of these moms a gift this Mother’s Day, for the past decade they have been sharing gifts with me.

The community of strong, independent, brave mothers around me let me know that as I step forward toward parenting myself, I will be fully supported by these loving women.

Happy Mother’s Day.

 

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