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Motivation Mondays: For Our Mothers #mothersday

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“When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.” Sophia Loren

Motivation Mondays: For Our Mothers #mothersday
Motivation Mondays: For Our Mothers #mothersday

The babe at first feeds upon the mother’s bosom, but it is always on her heart. Henry Ward Beecher
It may be possible to gild pure gold, but who can make his mother more beautiful? Mahatma Gandhi
Arise then…women of this day! Arise, all women who have hearts! Whether your baptism be of water or of tears! Julia Ward Howe

Happy Mother’s Day Week: Mother’s Day is a special time in our lives because we stop to think about the women, biological or not, who have mothered us, guided us and mentored us in so many ways. Too many of us take our mothers for granted because they are the steady rock of ages that we can rely on to be there to catch us. We turn to them with confidence yet forget to express our gratitude to them on a regular basis. Don’t forget to say thank you to your Mom and give her hugs and kisses. She has carried you through a lifetime of struggles and achievements. What memories do I hold of my mother? There are so many and I have shared a few over the years. Some stand out because they were life lessons I still hold close. My mom always encouraged us to share. Kids can be very selfish over toys, treats and such, and we were not immune from moments of selfishness. My Mom was always looking for ways to show us that our privileges were not to be enjoyed alone, while others suffered. She routinely gave our toys and clothes away and was always reminding us to be grateful.

My Mom was full of fire in so many ways; good and not so good. She was a great cook and loved gardening, fashion and adventure. She had a fiery temper and could switch gears at the drop of a hat. She was passionate about things that held her gaze and giving back to those in need was very important to her. Her charitable nature is one I still hold dear because, as a child of privilege, it could have been easy to live a protected life and ignore the suffering around me. I did not and my mother made sure we did not. I speak about her in the past tense now even though she is alive, you might wonder. WHY? Because she can no longer do the things she loves … she had a massive stroke 20+ years ago and while she recovered, part of her body is paralyzed and her memory is impaired. She recognizes my oldest brother but has only intermittent recollections of her other four children, including me. Every year, when I celebrate Mother’s Day, it is bittersweet because I am reminded that my Dad passed away on May 9th and that my Mother is somewhat lost to me because of her health. I love my parents and cherish my memories of them because I am reminded of the frailty of our human existence and how important it is to be fully present in our children’s lives in every way we can.
READ: Motivation Mondays: Celebrate Mother’s Day! #mothersday
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MY MOTHER By Ann Taylor
Who sat and watched my infant head
When sleeping on my cradle bed,
And tears of sweet affection shed?
My Mother.

When pain and sickness made me cry,
Who gazed upon my heavy eye,
And wept for fear that I should die?
My Mother.

Who taught my infant lips to pray
And love God’s holy book and day,
And walk in wisdom’s pleasant way?
My Mother.

And can I ever cease to be
Affectionate and kind to thee,
Who wast so very kind to me,
My Mother?

Ah, no! the thought I cannot bear,
And if God please my life to spare
I hope I shall reward they care,
My Mother.

When thou art feeble, old and grey,
My healthy arm shall be thy stay,
And I will soothe thy pains away,
My Mother. via poemhunter

Mother o’ Mine by Rudyard Kipling
If I were hanged on the highest hill,
Mother o’ mine, O mother o’ mine!
I know whose love would follow me still,
Mother o’ mine, O mother o’ mine!
The babe at first feeds upon the mother’s bosom, but it is always on her heart.” Henry Ward Beecher
If I were drowned in the deepest sea,
Mother o’ mine, O mother o’ mine!
I know whose tears would come down to me,
Mother o’ mine, O mother o’ mine!

If I were damned of body and soul,
I know whose prayers would make me whole,
Mother o’ mine, O mother o’ mine! via famouspoemsandpoets

 

“I believe the choice to become a mother is the choice to become one of the greatest spiritual teachers there is.” Oprah

Motivation Mondays: For Our Mothers #mothersday
Motivation Mondays: For Our Mothers #mothersday

There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one. Jill Churchill
Being a mother is not about what you gave up to have a child, but what you’ve gained from having one. Sunny Gupta
A mother’s happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories. Honore de Balzac

How have Mothers motivated us throughout the ages? Many women juggle multiple demands in their households and, to the untrained eye, it might seem magical or even easy to watch how many mothers run their households, some even on shoestring budgets. But, around the world, Moms perform endless chores and time consuming tasks to accomplish their household goals daily. As a child, I was fortunate to have a few “mother figures” around me; from Mommy Bates in Essex, to my own mother, grandmothers, and all the great women who motivated me and added their wisdom to my life, I learned how much work it takes to manage a household and keep kids fed, everyone loved, and endless bills paid. My Mom was an active mom who also had a side business; she was always running around attending to her clients, managing the staff at home who managed us when we came back from school. It was not an easy job at all and there were challenges that did arise over time. I still admire my mom’s willingness to take on the enormous challenges that came her way, and part of her can-do spirit has stayed with me and it inspires me whenever the going gets tough. What are your memories of childhood days with your mom?

A Story: Advice A Mother Would Give
A little bear cub was confused about how to walk. “What do I do first?” he asked his mother. “Do I start with my right foot or my left? Or both front feet and then my back feet? Or do I move both feet on one side and then both feet on the other?”
His mother answered, “Just quit thinking and start walking.”
READ: Inspiration: Happy Mother’s Day…
Motivation Mondays: Mother’s Day

 

For My Mother by May Sarton
Once more
I summon you
Out of the past
With poignant love,
You who nourished the poet
And the lover.
I see your gray eyes
Looking out to sea
In those Rockport summers,
Keeping a distance
Within the closeness
Which was never intrusive
Opening out
Into the world.
And what I remember
Is how we laughed
Till we cried
Swept into merriment
Especially when times were hard.
And what I remember
Is how you never stopped creating
And how people sent me
Dresses you had designed
With rich embroidery
In brilliant colors
Because they could not bear
To give them away
Or cast them aside.
I summon you now
Not to think of
The ceaseless battle
With pain and ill health,
The frailty and the anguish.
No, today I remember
The creator,
The lion-hearted.

To My Mother by Edgar Allan Poe
Because I feel that, in the Heavens above,
The angels, whispering to one another,
Can find, among their burning terms of love,
None so devotional as that of “Mother,”
Therefore by that dear name I long have called you-
You who are more than mother unto me,
And fill my heart of hearts, where Death installed you
In setting my Virginia’s spirit free.
My mother- my own mother, who died early,
Was but the mother of myself; but you
Are mother to the one I loved so dearly,
And thus are dearer than the mother I knew
By that infinity with which my wife
Was dearer to my soul than its soul-life. via famouspoemsandpoets

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Happiness is seeing your mother smile. Unknown
As is the mother, so is her daughter. Ezekiel 16:4
No matter your age, you will always need your mom. Unknown
Mother’s love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved. Erich Fromm
A mother’s love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible. Marion C. Garretty.
A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take. Cardinal Mermillod
I love my mother as trees love water and sunshine. She helps me grow, prosper, and reach great heights. Terry Guillemets

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APR

04/01   –  01 April Fool’s Day, 02 Autism Awareness, Equal Pay Day
04/07  –   07 World Health Day, 10 National Siblings Day
04/14 –   14 Palm Sunday, 15 Tax Day, 18 Holy Thursday, 19 Good Friday
04/21   –  21 Easter Sunday/ Start of Passover, 22 Earth Day, 23 World Book Day
04/28 –    29 Remembrance Day, 30 Jazz Day

 

MAY

05/01   –  01 MAY Day, Holocaust Remembrance, National Mental Health Awareness month
05/05  –   05 Cinco de Mayo, 06, Ramadan starts, 07 National Teacher Day
05/12 –   12 Mother’s Day, 18 Armed Forces Day
05/19   –  19 Mental Health Awareness month
05/26 –    27 Memorial Day, 30 World MS Day

 

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“A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.” Victor Hugo

Motivation Mondays: For Our Mothers #mothersday
Motivation Mondays: For Our Mothers #mothersday
Motivation Mondays: For Our Mothers #mothersday
Motivation Mondays: For Our Mothers #mothersday


Ladysmith Black Mambazo/Mint Juleps “The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Children are the anchors that hold a mother to life. Sophocles
Motherhood is… difficult and… rewarding. Gloria Estefan
We should no longer allow a mother to be defined as “just a mom”. It is on her back that great nations are built. We should no longer allow any woman’s voice to be drowned out or disregarded. As we affirm other women, and as we teach our sons, husbands and friends to hold them in the highest regard, we honor both the mothers whose shoulders we’ve stood on and the daughters who will one day stand tall on ours.Oprah Winfrey
Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws. Barbara Kingsolver

 

Two of the best gifts our mothers give us are the gift of life and cherished memories. Our mothers bring us into this world and leave us memories that add to our narratives of their lives. Once, I remember my Mom appeared on a radio show and sang the popular The Lion Sleeps Tonight song. We thought it was hysterical because she had an okay singing voice but was always dramatic in her delivery. Another time, my Mom entered a singing competition on TV, something to do with who could make the sound “ohhhh” the longest, and I believe she either won or came a close second. My siblings and I were mortified yet thoroughly fascinated by her daring nature. It was something that might seem innocuous today, but not so common for a married woman, back in the day. One thing I can say for sure is that there was never a dull moment around my mother as she made sure to add drama, joy and humor to our lives. She gave us lots of memories sprinkled with her special brand of love. For Mother’s Day, I send happy cheers and blessings to all Mothers everywhere. If your memories are happy, so-so or sad, know that your life is a celebration and for that we must be thankful to our Mothers.
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Mothers Are a Special Gift by Faye Diane Kilday
Mothers are a special gift sent
from God above,
They bless us with their nurturing,
And fill us with their love.
They pick us up when we are down,
And when we’re sad they know,
They’re always there to lend a hand,
And guide us as we go.
And mothers are like special jewels
that can’t be bought or sold…
A mother’s love’s more precious
than the rarest gem or gold.
Yes, mothers are a special gift sent
from God above,
And we’ll be blessed forever with
their never ending love!
© Faye Kilday 1996

 

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  • The poems you selected are beautiful! I’ve been a bit stuck on what all to do for my mother for Mother’s Day, and your poems have inspired me to select a poem to include in her mother’s day card (I’d write a poem myself, but sadly I’m not too creative).

  • I think your post is beautiful and that it is wonderful to celebrate the mothers of the world. I also have a hard time with mother’s day as I lost my own mom ten years ago the day after mother’s day and have no biological children of my own. So it was with a heavy heart that I shared in this post.

  • I loved reading these so much! You got me all emotional 🙂 Moms need to be honored every day. their selfless sacrifices go unnoticed too often

  • In my country Mother’s Day is celebrated on the 8th of March. I remember how in school, each year, we used to make something hand made with the class as gifts for moms. Then, we would bring it home together with a bunch of hyacinthus – which are the symbol of spring. It is one of the most important days in the year.

  • A great reminder to tell or show your mom some love! It is the hardest job on the planet! I’m lucky to have an awesome mom and mom figures as well!

  • These are great poems any mother would love. As I read them I thought about printing one out for my mom. Thank you so much for writing something that inspired me.

  • I always love to read your motivation monday and especially this week. I cannot life without my mother. She is my backbone!

  • We owe so much to the mothers of the world. My own mom is my angel. She has done so much for me!

  • A great article for the coming Mother’s Day! I didn’t understand things that my mothers did for me until I became a mother.

  • I love the Oprah quote a women isn’t just defined as a mom she is so much more than that!

  • A mother/daughter relationship is always something so different, I was told. Well, I am thankful to read this today. It really made me smile.

  • What a beautiful post. I love the poetry. I have 3 children and they have always made Mother’s day a fun time. Thank you for sharing.

  • I can never thank my mother enough for all that she did for me. She recently passed and it pains me to think about celebrating Mother’s day without her.

    Please let me share part of a dialogue in a drama series I recently watched. It is about a mom teaching her child about finding happiness. Here goes- “In the grasslands, there was a Mother Lion with her son. One day, the son asked his mother, ‘Where is happiness?’ The Mother Lion replied, ‘Happiness is on your tail.’ So the son kept chasing his tail, going round and round but could never catch it. Then the Mother Lion smiled and said, ‘My son, happiness is not obtained like that. As long as you keep your spirits up and move forward, happiness will chase after you.'”

    I wish you a great day ahead.

  • A great reminder with Mothers day coming up how important a mother is in our life.

  • Yay to mothers! I believe there is no greater impactful person in our lives. I love the Oprah quote! There is definitely a spiritual aspect to motherhood.

  • Our memories are some of the best things we have of loved ones. Whether they are still here or not, they are always in our hearts. I won’t be with my mom for Mother’s Day, but will see her the following weekend. My boys love to spoil me with homemade cards and goodies.

  • I love all of the motivation you put into this for moms! I am really sorry to hear about your moms accident though. Hopefully, you will all still be able to have a great Mother’s Day this year!

  • I love my mother to the moon and back. And will forever. That being said, I think about her and appreciate her daily, so personally I don’t need a mother’s day to remind me! 😉

  • All I can say is wow…it really is a reminder of how awesome our moms are…mine has lost a child and she suffers through it but her love is immense and difficult to comprehend

  • Planning to give a plaque of appreciation for my mother this Christmas season. How about you guys?..

  • Sorry to hear about your mother dear! They are indeed important and amazing managing so many things! Loved the story too… sometimes you just have to do things!

  • This is beautiful. Mother’s Day is such an important holiday. And it is one of my favorite day not because of the gifts but of course I wanna show the world how awesome my mom was 🙂

  • Happy Mother’s Day to you and to all the awesome mom around the world. This day always reminds me of a mom a hero and a friend. I love my mom so much!

  • You have so many lovely memories of your mom in years gone by. Thank you for all of the beautiful poems and quotes about motherhood. Mom’s are very special people!

  • It was great readin this….. I miss my mom. I am a mother now and agree that Mothers are a gift sent by God. I wish I could have been more careful about my mom. Lost her 9 years ago and still miss her.

  • My mum. I used to have mixed feelings about my mum. I even hated myself for these emotions when memories flooded my mind. But somehow, when she was hit by a critical illness and healed, Peace finds me. Amen.

  • I find mother nature in all those good women. They are caring ,loving and be there to help others. I would wish mother’s day to all the important ladies in my life.

  • Such a great poem for our lovely mothers.. And the collage is so beautiful, very touching.. 😘

  • Mother’s Day is a great reminder that we should show our appreciation for everything our mothers do for us… it’s too easy to forget in our everyday lives.

  • Mother’s Day is such a special time to celebrate our moms. They are just so special, strong women in our lives. Really have a treat for my mom this year too.
    And I love this quote, ‘Arise then…women of this day! Arise, all women who have hearts! Whether your baptism be of water or of tears!’

  • I loved all the poems you have mentioned here. However, all every mother is always a gift to the kids.

  • I love the quote of Jill Churchill, there are no perfect mother, even person, just be the good one.

  • Mothers are so important! I didn’t realise how hard my mum had to work until I started to look after children fulltime! thanks mum, I love you <3

  • Look at all this love and positivitiy towards mothers! I have always appreciated my mom and other moms around me, but it wasn’t until I was a mom myself that I really was able to see all she went through every day. Lovely post!

  • It’s so great your mother taught you the importance of sharing and giving to others at such an early age. It is so good to give. And sharing a little of our benefits helps everyone including the giver.

  • My mother is the pillar of my life. I always miss her because she is far away from me but we chat every weekend. She has made a lot of mistakes in the past but overall, she is a strong woman (but she is also so cute).

  • I agree with the quote, you will need your mother, no matter what your age is. Sometimes we think we are old enough, or independent and stable enough that we won’t need our parents, but there will be always a time that we will need them.

  • Love the quote and it is very true that moment you become a Mum your thoughts are never your own x

  • It is the mom who stays always by your side irrespective of any circumstance in the world and truly guides in developing the thought process of a child.

  • Mother’s Day is special, Mother’s day is sweet. I celebrate each mother’s day there is in the world because my mother prefers having a reason for gifts and I just want to make more and more of them

  • I am so thankful for my mom everyday because she really shaped me into the person I am today. What a great post reminding us to give thanks to our mother’s for their special day

  • Aww, so sweet! I love all your inspiring words and images on mamas, as Mother’s Day approaches! 🙂

  • Your mother sounds wonderful and I am so sorry about the health struggles she has had to endure. My mom has taught me so much and I am lucky to still be very close with her.

  • Mothers Day is always hard for me, since I do not have a mom. So instead I try to spread my love to my fellow mothers! This post is very inspiring!

  • I love that poem by Faye Diane Kilday. I share her sentiments. Happy Mothers Day to all the mothers!

  • I love the poem. Mothers are the best all over the world and cherishing them is the best. Celebrating them always.

  • Happy Mother’s Day! It is so important to remember our mothers and the memories we share!

  • My mother is my sister, best friend and my great adviser! They all superwoman Happy mothers day!

  • I’ve read some of the poems listed here and it just make me appreciate my mom more

  • Happy Mother’s Day week! I like the world box idea, I just wish they had a Vietnamese box for my mom.

  • My mom is my rock! A very happy mothers day to all the moms here. Such great tips .. I am going to use these for sure. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • I love this part “When pain and sickness made me cry,
    Who gazed upon my heavy eye,
    And wept for fear that I should die?
    My Mother.” <3 Thank you.As a regular reader I love all these quotes..

  • I agree, our mothers always lights up and add colors to our life. Lives would be boring without the love of a mother.

  • I love the quote at the top. Motherhood has completely changed my life. I never think about myself first these days.

  • Great read! Try the world box sounds amazing as a Mother’s day gift especially when your mom is a foodie. For this year I have already purchased a few gifts for my mom so maybe next year I can try this subscription box!

  • Try the World boxes sound like such a wonderful gift for Mother’s Day. My mum is such a huge world traveller, so I think she’d love a box filled with unique goodies from other countries! I love all the beautiful quotes you have included — a wonderful reminder to me of all the support and sacrifices my mum has made for me throughout the years!

  • This Mother’s Day let the world know just how much you appreciate your mom and why you love her. This is such a special day to celebrate.

  • This is so beautiful, so beautiful! All the poems are great but May Sarton’s spoke to me the most, love it. Happy mother’s day to you and thank you for such a beautiful post.

  • My mum has a fierce temper too which didn’t really make me bond with her as much as I did with my dad. I still love her all the same. Thanks for sharing.

  • Mothers are the reason why our home is filled with joy and love. Celebrating mothers way is a great say to show our love and remind them how lucky we are to have them. Happy Mother’s Day to all beautiful moms!

  • Those are nice tips for mothers. Thank you for sharing the days. I can’t keep track of it. I am glad you did it. I missed out april days but will keep in mind may days.

  • That World Box would make a great gift for any mom! Mother’s Day is bittersweet for me as I had an abusive mom growing up, but now am a mom myself.

  • Being a daughter who is old enough to appreciate her sacrifices and unconditional love is priceless. I’ve been needed new ways to honor my mother and this gave me a few good ideas.

  • Mums are so special and I love to see them being celebrated. We had our mothers day here in march and I made sure to spoil my mum rotten!

  • Ah mothers day, such an important day to celebrate. We wouldnt be here without them!

  • Advance happy mother’s day to all, God bless all the loving mothers. They deserve a good celebration.

  • I love the poem Mothers Are a Special Gift by Faye Diane Kilday. I wish my mother and I were closer!

  • Such a great collection of pictures to show the love and respect for mothers on this up and coming Mother’s Day. Being a mother is a choice and it is a choice that I wouldn’t change for the world.

  • in the famous words of Charles stanley…

    Motherhood is a great honor and privilege, yet it is also synonymous with servanthood. Every day women are called upon to selflessly meet the needs of their families. Whether they are awake at night nursing a baby, spending their time and money on less-than-grateful teenagers, or preparing meals, moms continuously put others before themselves.”

    Indeed, Mothers should not only be celebrated in a day but everyday!

  • these are great poems, mother’s – biological or not – should be celebrated on this day.

  • Aww what a great piece about mothers! I’m not yet a mom yet but I can see the beauty in motherhood whenever I observe my mom. Happy Mothers Day!

  • Mother o’ Mine by Rudyard Kipling Rings so true. You remind me of some of the best poetry.

  • I am so glad you made a Mother’s Day post!!!! I almost forgot. See my mom is not the best and mostly Mother’s Day turns out to be more for my mother-in-law than me. Which is awesome, just facts. Thanks for reminder.

  • Such lovely poems to celebrate Mothers! I’m so thankful for my mom and glad that I get to be in my hometown for Mother’s day this year.

  • I’ve been blessed to have had a step-mom from around 3rd grade. She was always available to teach me things to care for myself, such as cooking and doing laundry. It’s because of her that I like to cook, and will always prepare a meal for my wife. She has guided me through some of my toughest times and is always there to talk.

  • I recently came across this quote “We may not see eye to eye but we definitely see heart to heart” I think it is a perfect quote for all the mothers and daughters in the world.

  • This is such a wonderful tribute to mothers. They are the foundation of a child’s life. I love Mother’s Day because I’m able to show my mom just how special she is.

  • It’s so powerful that while moms think about themselves (though less), they also think about us, their kids. I am so blessed to have two moms and I’m definitely going to pamper them this Mother’s Day. Got some awesome gifts for them just to show them how much I love them too.

  • One of my favorite things about my mom is how supportive she has been of me for most of my choices as an adult. When I was a child, she definitely guided me along the path I should be on and then as an adult… She allows me to be open and honest with her without having to be afraid of judgment. I really love my relationship with my mom. I plan on doing something special for her this Mother’s Day for sure.

  • Love this post. Motherhood is the best thing ever. Happy Mother’s Day to you and all mothers out there! XO

  • The moment you become a Mum your thoughts are never your own, for me I always think and put my kids first before I even think of myself

  • The Try the World Package is a great gift idea. My Mum loves traveling and food, and I’m sure she will love this gift. 🙂

  • We are most certainly blessed to have had mothers to guide, love and care for us. I must say though, father’s have to think twice too Sophia. lol

  • What a beautiful post! Mothers are the best person in the world, our super hero, our best of best friend.

  • I agree with this quote of Sophia Loren “When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.”

    When I was a child I don’t understand my mother why she needs to think about herself and ourselves (as her kids) in everything that she is going to do even she tried to explained it to me so many times. Now, that I am also a mother I fully understand why she always acting like that. It’s really hard to explain but my heart is so grateful because I am so lucky to have a mother like my MOM. Happy Mother’s Day to everyone!

  • Happy Mother’s Day to you too. It’s a very beautiful post on Mother’s Day loved reading it.

  • My mother is a big person, love me whenever she is around me, think about me when I am away, support me when am down, protect me when I feel unsafe. Mothers are the gift sent from the God!

  • That box looks like a lovely gift. I think now that I am a mother Mother’s Day has such a different meaning then before.

  • these are some wonderful pieces about mothers, mothers are so important! Mothers day is one of my favourites.

  • Happy Mother’s Day week! Such beautiful pictures and words in this post! Thank you!

  • Being a mom is a gift like no other! It’s hard work but the rewards are awesome:)

  • Mothers do so much, and there’s just so much to be grateful for in all that they do. I try to honor my mother everyday, but Mother’s Day is especially special to give back to her for all of her sacrifices, compassion, and hard work. As you said, one of the best things mothers give are cherished memories — definitely going to try to make more wonderful memories with my mum this Mother’s Day.

  • Thank you so much for sharing this. Mother’s Day is sneaking up on me. We can all use some motivation.

  • I don’t live very close to my mother. I use this time of year to make a trip with my family to go stay with her.

  • What great poems! Thank you for this and for sharing memories of your mom 🙂

  • Absolutely beautiful quote from Oprah ! As always , so insightful . Thanks for sharing!

  • Celebrating mothers is such a beautiful thing. And this is so great. I love that your mother taught you about not being selfish. And the story of the momma bear telling the bear cub to just start walking. It’s such a beautiful view of the role of a mother.

  • Not easy being a mother, it’s a lot of harwork and I really appreciate all the mother’s out there. Lovely post you shared.

  • This is all do lovely! I especially loved the poem by Ann Taylor. My mom’s name is Anne and her maidon name was Taylor. Such a fun coincidence! I called her and read it to her ♡. Thank you!

  • Being a mother is not an easy task but it’s the best journey I have ever been on.

  • To me mother’s day should be a daily celebration. My mother has raised me and my brothers alone when my father passed away. She went above and beyond to give us the best. I will treasure that woman for the rest of my life.

  • I love Edgar Allan Poe’s work I think the poem to my mother is just beautiful. How it speaks about how much he loves her and values everything she does and has done for him lifts my spirit.

  • What a beautiful tribute to all mother’s! Love that you spent the week celebrating instead of a single day!

  • I definitely needed this motivation. This is a plethora of information and goodness all-in-one!

  • Being a mother is the best feeling ever. Also, I should check out the world box.

  • Thank your dear reader for making your way here! Please pause and think about what you can add to keep this conversation on a high level. You are here… make it matter. Please don’t thank me for sharing. Let me do the thanking. Don’t tell me great post either… that’s what all the lazy thinking spammers say, and your comment will end up in my spam box. Think about the post you see and respond to its content. I will always do the same for you… Let’s respect our blog visits with each other. Stay encouraged and Thank You! <3 🙂

    • That poem by Ann Taylor was beautiful. I never heard of her work before but I’m utterly in love. And this post was wonderful. Mothers day is in March in the UK but mothers deserve endless appreciation.

  • The most important relationship in our lives is often the most complicated one! I loved that poem!

  • Mothers are the soul of the earth and we should cherish them. Wishing you a happy Mother’s Day.

  • This post is as sweet as Mother’s Day is. I love the holiday because it gives credit to the most important people in our lives!

  • Mothers are those humans that bring the best joy to many people while still having to go through so many body traumas in order to do that.
    They are brave and beautiful, no matter how much they change over time.
    I get a lot of discomfort with my mom, but her face is the only face that looks at me that way.

  • The story about the confused baby bear cub is so funny, I can relate to it. This is how my mom would deal to me every time I’m confused. Hahaha

  • You’ve picked the best of the poems about mothers. Wonderful reading this post. Makes me smile as a mother and full of love as a daughter.

  • What a lovely post! You have beautiful memories of your mother. Now that I am a mother myself, I don’t take my mom for granted. Mothers are truly a gift. Happy Mother’s Day!!

  • I love the lyrics/words. My mom is special to me, and the older I get, the more I realize it. Happy Mother’s Day to you!

  • Tomorrow will be the day, can’t wait to greet my mom..! To all the moms in the world, you are all so lovely..! Happy mother’s day..!

  • Awwe. Thank you for sharing these poems and such sweet post. Motherhood is powerful. Our mothers shape our whole life and future generation.

  • The poem ‘My Mother’ brought tears to my eyes and brought to mind my late mother. My childhood memories are of her seeing me off for school in the morning and waiting with a hot meal when we returned in the afternoon. Only when I was a teenager did I realize how much she had sacrificed to do that for my brother and I. She went from working full time before I started school to winding down to half days then 3 days a week. Fortunately she had her own business but it did impact her business income significantly. She never complained though or ever talked about it.

  • It can not be stated enough of the power, necessity and importance of mothers. Mothers ought and should be celebrated everyday. Thanks for sharing your sentiments and I hope you enjoy the day as well!

  • I thank God everyday for my mother as she raised me as a single mother. Loved all the poems in this post. Happy Mother’s Day

  • Indeed we take our mothers most times for granted, it is really important to be grateful to them because you don’t know how long they will stay with you. Ever since I lost my mum, I have always wish I showed her excess love when she was still alive. Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers

  • This line
    “Keeping a distance
    Within the closeness
    Which was never intrusive”

    It was written deeply with a very good meaning.

    Good job. Loved it

  • Mothers are the best creations of God! My mom is my role model and can’t imagine my life without her! Have a lovely Mother’s Day Weekend! Try The World subscription sounds like a wonderful gift idea for Mother’s Day!

  • Reading this article reminds me of everything about my mother. I agree, that the best gifts that my mother gave me was the gift of life and the memories that we are continuously sharing until now with her grandkids. I love my MOM so much and Happy Mother’s Day to all of us!

  • This was sweet. You are right to express gratitude while people are still here because tomorrow is not promised.

  • Thats true, moms always thinks twice, this is really nice post. I wish the best for all the moms out there and anywhere 🙂

  • Your mom sounds much like mine. Full of fire in good and not good ways! I’m sorry to hear about her stroke and your dad’s passing. These holidays can be bittersweet for some of us.

  • Mother’s deserve appreciation. I’m glad there are days specifically for the parents.

  • This was so inspiring!

    I did something crazy on mother’s Day. It sucks to talk about it with the world but it brought me to the understanding that my mother is to be celebrated always. My point is that; I don’t have to celebrate my mother based on a strict date set aside by some set of people.

    I agree with your on all terms every mother is to be celebrated.

  • To My Mother by Edgar Allan Poe is such a great poem! I loved reading that – it inspired me so much!

  • Moms are always best! I loved the way you have used the word ‘mothered’. Definitely everyone who has given motherly love is a mother!

  • Poe is one of my favorite classic authors, but I had no idea he lost his mother young – maybe that’s where some of the darkness in his life and writing came from. I have not heard of the Try The World box program, but have to say, it sounds right up our alley! (both my husband and I are foodies…)

  • Our mothers show selfless love and courage throughout our lives. While I believe every day should be Mother’s day it is important to keep one day aside to truly appreciate all that they have done for us 🙂

  • The bear story was nice. So happy to think there is always a support system behind you. #Whateverittakes

  • Being a mother is not only means you have to give birth. There are many ways to become a mother, and the fact that you are ready to become one emotionally is admirable.

  • Motherhood is like no other. This is our journey until the end of time. I am sending so much love your way on this amazing and wonderful Mother’s Day.

  • What an awesome Mother’s day weekend, how was yours? This is another awesome Monday Motivation…

  • I love your initial quote from Sophia Loren as well! We spend so much time focused on everyone else

  • I love this kind of post and very timely for all our mothers out there. We should honor and appreciate our mother to it’s fullest and let us make them proud always.

  • I definitely look up to all the women that have been a role model for me in my life. It has definitely shaped me into the mother that I am today.

  • I don’t get to see my mom till next week but I’m pretty excited! Mother’s Day is such a great holiday to celebrate.

  • There are so many great things to be said about mothers. MY MOTHER By Ann Taylor Does a great job.

  • Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there! Your site is a great resource to me! It is always able to give me insightful information about the on going month.

  • Mother’s Day is such a wonderful day to spend time just being with your mom. Or remembering your mom if she’s no longer with you.

  • Wow there are so many great quotes and poems in this blog post! Hope you had a great Mother’s Day!

  • Sounds like your mother taught you many good things about life… To care for others is a wonderful gift to pass off to offspring… Having a caring giving heart is beautiful!
    Mother’s Day is a perfect time to show appreciation ; )

  • Moms are awesome. I’m always in awe of my mom and hope I am doing a good job with my own kids

  • I am so glad you have such great memories of your mother. Aging is hard especially when it comes to losing memory and having to take care of someone who was so wonderful to you but doesn’t remember you. I hope you had a lovely mothers day.

  • Mother’s Day is such a blessing. My mother is very important to me. She is my friend and pillar of support, she is true to herself and I love endlessly

  • Mother’s are the best, they go to any lent for their kids and always have their back. Shout out to all mother’s in the world.

  • Motherhood is such a noble thing. I miss my mother whom I’ve lost to a tragic accident 15 years ago. But I keep her memory alive by remembering all the wonderful things she did for me and my siblings when she was here with us.

  • One day/poem is not enough to show how much we owe to our mothers.

    Your post really touched my heart.

    Loved it.

  • The food subscription sounds like a lovely idea. It’s great that there are so many different options to choose from. These are what i’d love for Mother’s Day.

  • […] Honoring Mom with Defiant Joy: As many of you know, my Mom passed away last August. She had suffered a massive stroke that kept her partially paralyzed for over 30 years yet, being the fighter she always was, she managed to find dignity in her daily struggles to speak, move, and welcome her many grandchildren. It is with the same defiant joy that I will celebrate and honor her life this Mother’s Day. How do we maintain Defiant Joy with loved ones in these challenging times? 1. Master Your Mornings -set the tone with a positive routine. Make a commitment to enjoy the day – Start TODAY 2. Turn off the JOY Robbers – Consume less news and related media 3 Take a dose of laughter every day with loved ones – Read Proverbs 17:22 4. Laugh at yourself; humor requires humility. 5. Don’t make anyone else responsible for your joy. 6. Enjoy the SIMPLE things. 7. Look younger with Joy – Yes, happy, joyful people age better. 8. Relationships that laugh together, stay together. 9. Do something for someone else. Be a blessing to someone today. 10. Strengthen your gratitude. Instead of finding fault, find and praise the good in your Mom. we are all flawed. Be grateful. READ:- Motivation Mondays: For Our Mothers #mothersday […]

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