Seeing as how it's Mother's Day, I thought I would share some pictures of the children God has blessed me with over the past 5 years. Though I may not yet (or ever) have biological children of my own, my life is rich, filled with dozens of kids who become an integral part of my heart's beating. I love each of these fiercely, with a passion and protectiveness that mirrors a mother's. And from their own lips these beautiful children reciprocate this relationship with me as they tell me how much they love me or when they ask me to fill in as their mom in a classroom activity or by writing me Mother's Day cards.
Last year was a darker, more painful encounter with Mother's Day, being reminded of what I don't have, but today I am grateful to be relying more closely on the fullness of Jesus and recognizing the multitude of blessings He has poured out on me.
|These sweet girls are somehow like daughters and sisters to me.|
|My three T kids, who I mothered for two weeks in March|
|My Maddie on her birthday|
|My Kate, Viv, Olivia, Riley|
|My massive family with whom I spent those 3 beautiful years with in Michigan|
|A return Michigan visit with those Crazy Kids.|
|For two years, I have spent my Thursday Morning with these lovelies|
(babysitting at Morning Moms.)
|My Michigan Heartbeat|
|My precious Jillian|
|My sweet Amelia baby, born the day we moved to NY, we have a beautiful bond.|
|My Tess, Calandra, Arella and Catherine. Such sweet spirits.|
|My Tilly, Hailey, Riley, and KayKay. Love them in my life.|
And to the mothers of all of these beautiful children of mine, thank you so much for sharing their lives with me. I am sure it's not easy to allow another woman to pour into your baby's life and become deeply connected with them. But you let me in, you encourage me along the way, and I feel so loved and appreciated by each of you.
Lest I not to mention how thankful I am for the two moms I have, I am reflecting on the truth of the words I wrote three years ago. Read here.