Remembering on this Mother’s Day

I have been blessed in my life with many women I could call “mom”–

–the mothers of my friends who took me under their wings when I really needed them.

–And my own moms–the one who gave birth to me, the one who adopted me at the age of 3, the one I gained when I married my husband, and the one I gained when she married my dad–These 4 women have impacted my life in ways that I can never fully explain and though 3 of them are no longer here on earth, I feel their presence every day and love and miss them very much.

My birth mom, took care of me and loved me for the first 3 years of my life. She loved me. I know that now. She started the foundation of my life and then, as difficult as it was for her, she sacrificed her needs for love of my sister and I and gave us up to be adopted. I didn’t understand this decision when I was younger, but now I do. She loved us so much that she did what she believed was the best for us….. I love her for that! She was my first mama! And one day I will be reunited with her in heaven.

Christmas 1976–mom and me

My mom, the one who adopted me, loved me unconditionally and taught me to love others and to love God. She comforted me and yes, punished me when I needed it. She would sit with me late into the night when I would have nightmares, hug me and we would just talk. She showed me how to listen to others and what it meant to empathize with others. My mom gave me a foundation in love and faith that has carried me through the most difficult times. I miss my mom every day and always will. And I look forward to the day I am reunited with her in Heaven.

Me, my oldest and my mother-in-law in 1987

My mother-in-law, who showed me what being a mother was all about. She was an amazing, caring mother who always put her boys first. She raised the man I am married to and taught him to care about others, to love unconditionally and to work hard for what he wanted. And she accepted me immediately, taking me under her wing. She taught me to cook a turkey and to make her amazing cookies. And she was a loving grandmother! Her example will guide me as I step into the role of grandma! I miss her everyday and know that I will see her again!

And this amazing woman, with my sister (her daughter) and I, became my mom when she married my dad. Though she did not enter my life until I was an adult, she has had an immense impact on me and I cherish our relationship. She has been there for me to offer guidance, love and support when I need it. And she is there when I just need to talk. I am so thankful that God brought her into my life. Though I do not get to see her as often as I would like, she is always in my thoughts.

This Mother’s Day, I celebrate my moms–the three in heaven and the one still here on earth. I am so very, very blessed to have had these women in my life, helping to shape me into the woman I am today!

Thank you, God, for blessing me with them and with their love.

I love you all!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Author: Terri

Wife. Mom. Blogger.

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