Yes, I'm a mom. I'm also a step-mom, a grandmother, a mother-in-law and a godmother (not the fairy variety). I'm a sister, a sister-in-law, an aunt, a great aunt and a great-great aunt (yikes, that really sounds old), a cousin, and oh yes, how could I forget? I'm a wife and a First Mate. I'm called Marcie, Sis, Auntie, Nana and sometimes, sweetheart. With all those relationship titles and monikers, how could I be anything but happy that I'm such a fortunate woman?
There have been times in the past when our house was full of kids … our kids and other peoples' kids. They came, they went; sometimes they stayed for awhile. There were trying times that I wasn't sure we'd get through and happy times that I wished would never end. Looking back, I'm so glad that all of these kids, these grown adults now with kids of their own, were part of my life. I'm glad to be a Mom and a Nana and an auntie. I can't imagine not being a sister nor David's wife. It's made me who I am and I'm thankful.
I've certainly made my share of mothering mistakes. My kids still remind me of that fact, though less vehemently than they did when they were 15. There are no manuals that come with kids. You've got to figure it out as you go and I didn't always figure it quite right. The kids turned out fine though … despite my lapses in perfect mothering.
Whether you're a mom or not, if you're a woman, I'm sure you've done some mothering in your life … nurturing, counseling, encouraging, consoling, loving. It doesn't take a biological event to be a mom, it only takes a heart.
Happy Mother's Day!