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As we close out May, the month of moms, I’d like to offer a grand finale.
But first, I need to confess something . . .
Until my own daughter began her struggle with infertility, I was likely one of those women who said dumb things on the topic of motherhood. “You’ll be a good mom someday,” may have crossed my lips, not knowing that the person I was addressing had miscarried twice. Or was desperately trying to conceive.
I didn’t realize then, as I truly do now, that motherhood is as much a matter of the heart as it is a matter of conception, birth, and parenting. I didn’t know – as I do now – that God could create in a woman such a burning desire to conceive and hold a child of her own that she becomes a REAL MOM long before desire turns to reality. I didn’t understand that there are scores of women who carry the burden and pain of infertility, miscarriage, and releasing their children into the arms of Jesus.
I’m writing to apologize. I’d like to say I’m sorry for any harmful words that I allowed to slip from my lips. I meant well but instead caused you pain and I’m sorry. Will you forgive me? I promise that I will think twice before I speak. That I will consider your past and present struggles before making what I believe to be an innocent comment that rips your heart in two.
Because I now know that there are Mommas around me that I may not recognize. To you I acknowledge and declare: You are a Momma.
There’s much more to say, but I honestly can’t say it any better than my lovely friend, Heather Butler. Will you follow the link to read her post? I know you’ll be blessed. Here’s her delightful post called Because You Are a Momma.
I pray that through our posts this month, we’ve honored every mom and stirred some healing and awareness in the process. Thank you, again, to our guest bloggers, Jessica Dodero (my daughter) and new friend Laura Welch. Your courage both amazes and inspires me.
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