Mother’s Day Diary 2019
Next month I will have been a mom for 21 years.
As I sit here today thinking about what I’d write to moms, what makes us “moms,” I really don’t feel I have anything that hasn’t been written.
Maybe we all might feel that way. Is there more? Is there something I’ve not done or don’t know?
Likely, and that’s okay if I haven’t done it or I don’t know. We all know we can’t do or know it all.
I really feel that if there was one promise I could promise, to all my kids — each time one was brought into this world, it would simply be this: “I’ll try my best.”
That’s really all I know I could rightly promise.
And I did. I do, and I will. You do. We try our best.
If there is one thing I could highlight about motherhood it’s not exactly a happy word. I don’t even think it’s a popular one — I am pretty sure I can’t make it sound pretty, and you know how much I love pretty words, things, and clothes.
However, it is the depth and the width of motherhood.
Sacrifice: that giving up, for another’s good. I mean, I guess we could say, “Well, duh. All moms do.”
We do, and it’s a duh moment. But it’s also a moment I sit here and realize that it hasn’t even crossed my mind to not sacrifice for my kids. It’s like it is hot-wired. An automatic because I want to do my best, be the best mom I can be; I want to love well.
Just like every mom who is reading this.
I really think that’s what makes a “mom heart.” From the get go we sacrifice, no matter how we became a “mom” to our children, or moms to other’s children — we sacrifice.
Motherhood isn’t the one thing I was set on this earth to do, but it is, amazingly, God given, one thing I am. It’s likely the most enormously sacrificial thing I will ever do.
The things we sacrifice for, risk for, save for, give to, pour into, lay down our comfort for, wipe the floor of the pee for ~ our hearts intertwine and wrap around, and cherish. It’s us — for them. We sacrifice willingly and thoroughly for their life; even when we don’t feel like it.
There is a tremendous pain and price I’ve paid in the giving, but along with it comes this priceless, gripping existence of what it means to LIVE to love well.
I think what that really means to me is that each day I get to live, I start again at being the best mama I can be and I sacrificed because love does. It’s that simple.
Did I sacrifice ALL of me? No, because motherhood isn’t ALL of me. It’s a part of me. But the part of me that it is, I did my best — I gave of me.
You are doing your best! We all are. Which is why we can all cheer each other on, lift each other up, no fingers pointed, and live without comparison.
Thank you all! For making this Spring Collection 2019 such a wonderful season! For being great moms, but also great supporters of Hannah Kate, our brand, and our vision. Thank you for sending us these beautiful pictures of your kids in Hannah Kate Spring Collection for us to share too!
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