Friday, November 14, 2008

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UPDATED: I have included my letter at the end of my post as an example...

To all of you mothers....

I stumbled upon this blog of someone who has decided to create a book for his wife, for her christmas gift. It is a book of letters from mothers to mothers....any type of letter. Some have been from adoptive moms to birth moms, first time moms to old timers with questions, stories of love, sadness, questions....anything goes. For those that send him a letter before Christmas you will also get a copy of the book if you email him and let him know you'd like one. The letters...some long, some short...some funny, some sad, are ones that will make you look inside the mother in you. I just wrote mine this afternoon. Above is the blog address and on that is an email address if you would like to write a letter. This is what they are doing this instead of gifts. How neat is that?!

I thought I'd include my letter as well. Most of you who read this already know my story, for those that don't..... now you will.....

Dear Mother,
We are beings that will forever change the world. We come in all shapes and sizes. We have all lived different childhoods and experienced different things in life. We have all had dreams and goals each with different time-lines and outcomes. We have all experienced joy, pain, and sadness. We have given birth to a miracle created by the hand of God. Some have the physical scars as their rites of passage, others have the emotional scars that are etched into the soul forever. We have laughed from the depths of our souls, we have cried from the chasms of our sorrow. We have wished on birthday candles and shooting stars. We have wiped tear-filled eyes and bloody knees. We have kissed away the pain and bandaged the scrapes. We feel their pain and pray for their souls. Who are we? We are mothers--past, present, and future. No matter where we are at this moment, whether our children are near or far away, we will always be...a mother. My journey of motherhood began much earlier than I had expected. I had completed my second year of college, and was planning on going overseas the next year to take part in a wonderful experience that would hopefully help me make my decision as to what and where my life was going next. I never got there.

There were circumstances and actions taken that summer that found me 20 years old, unmarried, and pregnant. I was scared, mad, unsure, and every other emotion in the book. But I knew at that moment, that my life was never going to be the same. It wasn't about me anymore. God had different plans for me. My daughter will be 10 years old this April and I, without a doubt, believe that she was my angel sent from Heaven to save me. She is my pride and joy and the light of my life. She has blessed my husband and I, and my family more than we could have ever imagined. She has a heart of gold and truly believes when she says "God knew you needed me then, Mommy, more than anyone else, so He sent me to you early." And she's right. I did need her. I needed God to show me that He was in control. She saved me. In every way possible. I am also a mother of a rambunctious 5 year old that keeps us in stitches everyday. Being a mother is a magical and miraculous gift given to us by God, and I wouldn't trade it for the world. Watching a child learn about life and God is indescribable. To know that he has entrusted me with one of His own is humbling beyond words.

May God bless you and your sweet sweet family. May the memories you make each day, be held close to your hearts.

6 comments:

Mother Letter said...

If you don't tear up a little when you read this, you are not human. There, I've said it.

I linked your blog on the MotherLetter Project. Thanks for all the help in circulating this project.

The Channings said...

Really good Mother Letter, Wendy. You have always had an amazing gift with words and writing! I love you and those beautiful girls so much. (David is alright too!) What a blessing it is to be your friend! :)

Michele Helms said...

What an awesome idea!!!

Stacy said...

Since I would prefer to pretend that summer didn't exist, this makes me cringe a little bit to read, but I am so happy for you. Your girls are just beautiful.

Leslie said...

So I am just know reading your update to this post. I love you letter and you write so well.

Amber said...

Sweet Wendy! I just read your letter, and I loved it. Thank you for your great BIG heart. You will always be a dear family friend, and I'm really hoping to spend time with y'all one day.

Love,
Amber