Not A Typical Mother’s Day

May 6, 2015 by


Last Mother’s Day wasn’t spent in the typical way of previous years.

Usually, the hubby and kids attempt to make sure I don’t cook and that I certainly don’t do any dishes. We go to church and possibly attend lunch with the church family afterwards. Then, weather permitting, we celebrate the day in the great outdoors. If it happens to rain, we might go for a drive or make other special plans.

Not last Mother’s Day. Last Mother’s Day, I stayed home with Teen1 while Teen2 and Hubby went to church. I was caring for Teen1 as he was recovering from minor surgery just two days before.

As I sat with him on the couch watching WallE, I thought about what a typical Mother’s Day looks like. While the focus wasn’t on celebrating me that year, I was doing exactly what I was called to do. I was being a mom.

Watching him lie there, my thoughts drifted to other moms who weren’t having a typical Mother’s Day.

I thought about moms who were nursing very sick children and moms who were visiting grave sites mourning lost children.

I thought about moms who had carried babies but never held them. I thought about moms who would never feel life growing in their wombs.

I thought about children who had lost their moms.

I thought about children who grew up without a mom. I thought about people who, through abandonment, abuse, or other painful situations, wished they had a different mom.

You see, some don’t ever experience a typical Mother’s Day.

Some never will.

Last year, my heart ached for them.

So this year, if you are being celebrated for the beautiful mother that you are, that is truly wonderful. I hope that you are doubly blessed and celebrating your own precious mother.

In our joy, however, let us step away from our celebrations of love to remember those who find this day anything but joyful.

Is there someone in our life that we could bless this Mother’s Day?

Can we think of anyone who may be struggling with what this day means to them? What can we do for them today to make sure that they feel loved and appreciated? A note? A phone call?

I don’t have all the answers. I just know that, for some, this day is really, really hard.

Let us resolve, this year, to reach out to one of them and share just a little bit of our joy. After all, the blessed life is meant to be shared, isn’t it?

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you who are hurting today. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Your pain is not forgotten, even in the midst of our joy.

Go be love to someone today…

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20 Responses to Not A Typical Mother’s Day

  1. Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom

    Oh Heather, I got chills reading this. I just wrote my newsletter tonight and wrote a paragraph on how this year I’m especially sensitive to the people who are hurting this Mother’s Day. How unbelievable that I popped over here and read this.

    I’ll be adding your link to my newsletter too.

    Thank you Heather. I’ll be praying for those who are hurting this year.

    Wishing you a blessed evening.

    • Heather

      That’s so wonderful, Jennifer! Thanks for sharing. What an incredible thought to know that we will both be praying for the same comfort for others this weekend. Blessings, my friend.

  2. grammyprepper

    Absolutely beautiful, Heather. I know of one mother in particular who lost her son way too soon that I have supported for several years. I always make sure to acknowledge her on Mothers Day. While it’s a difficult time for her, she truly appreciates the support. Thank you for reminding myself and others to support other Mom’s we might not otherwise!

    • Heather

      Thank you so much for sharing this encouraging story. What a blessing you must be to her! May He continue to fill your cup to overflowing.

  3. thebetterbaker8

    Thanks much for this awesome reminder. I will pray to be mindful of anyone I can minister to on this ‘tough day for some’. It will be my D-I-Love’s first Mother’s day without our 19 year old Ashtyn…the first anniv. of her passing is 4 days after Mother’s Day. Appreciate your prayers for our Kym. Love you and thank you for being faithful to ‘jar’ my focus in the right direction. XO

    • Heather

      Please know that I will be praying extra for your Kym. Love you, my precious friend. Thank you for your continued encouragement. May you and yours be blessed this Mother’s Day. xo

  4. sandraj2015

    Thanks, Heather, Your thought to: “Go be love to someone today…” sounds like what love looks like, from our moms or from others in our lives. The important stuff….thanks for the reminder!

  5. Tayrina

    Thanks, Heather for this encouraging post today. It is true, not for everyone it’s the same… for some of us Mother’s Day is not typical. However, I find joy in the presence of God and in His faithfulness Thanks for sharing! Blessings.

    Tayrina from TGAWrites
    Words of Comfort for Your Heart

    • Heather

      That is my most fervent prayer, Tayrina – that God would be our ultimate comfort each and every day. Blessings to you. Thanks for reading and for sharing your thoughts with us.

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  7. Mary Geisen

    These words are so important for many to hear. My sister in law has not been able to have children so Mother’s Day is not joyful and one that hits her hard every year. It is easy to leave those behind in the middle of our own celebrations. I am praying with you for all the of the children of God who want nothing more than to be a mom. Blessings!

    • Heather

      I’m so sorry to hear about your Sister-in-law, Mary. I can only imagine how much her heart must hurt. Praying that Jesus will fill her with only a peace that He can give. Thanks for reading and for sharing your thoughts. Blessings.

  8. thebetterbaker8

    Oh how I love your deep, beyond-yourself thinking. It’s so true! My heart ached dearly for my Dau-in-Love to experience her first Mother’s Day this year without her oldest child. You’re so right – it isn’t always a happy day for everyone. God’s grace is so sufficient and it’s so vital for us to think of where others are on these special days, instead of focusing on ourselves. Thanks for sharing this beautiful post. XO

  9. A.F. BAKER

    What a beautiful heart you have my precious Daughter-in-LOVE. I thank you for speaking words of wisdom to us all. I love you and thank you for being such an incredible Mom to our grandsons. We wouldn’t trade you for anything! Hugs

  10. Arlene Baker

    Thanks for sharing this again! It is always good to have a reminder of those who need comforting. Love you, my sweet girl!

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