A celebration of Motherhood (Part 1)

May 6, 2016


“Honor your father and mother which is the first commandment with a promise – that it may go well with you and that you may have a long life.”

– Ephesians 6:1-3

 Welcome to the Month of May! Last month, this writer sent a call out to mothers to submit their thoughts on the statement: “What Have Been Your Greatest Joys of Motherhood?” This writer was astonished by the responses. Due to the volume of responses, entries for publication were received on a first come, first-served basis. This

month please join us as this column celebrates mother- hood and enjoy the submissions of so many grateful and loving mothers.

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My enjoyable moment of motherhood is watching my daughter become a success- ful young lady in the work force as a Human Resources Professional. For many who do not understand the fine print of policies and proce- dures,  investing  in   savings

(401k) and health  insurance,

she takes the time to ensure employees have a clear un- derstanding in these areas. She is an excellent worker and she is caring, helpful and patient with a positive atti- tude for helping others.

– Ann Watkins Mother of  1 Daughter, Bianca 

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My first child was born two weeks shy of my 38th birth- day. Two more would follow at ages 40 and 42; late arrivals in my life because I held out for  marriage  that happened shortly  before “production” started.

Like many women who have an innate desire for children, when I was a young career woman, I’d occasion- ally imagine what it would be like to be a mother. There’d be endless giggles, hugs, warmth, and love; my very own little person (a girl) to hang out with. I would be responsible for her life and her special place in this world.

And then years later, it happened… finally… blessed 3 times! Slightly different from my   single woman  imaginations, there has still been so much joy with my three daughters. The mother-child bond fulfills my need to nurture, in addition to providing personal growth. Yes, there are challenges; however, like most moms, I do what I have to do. Mothers are the reason our world continues to exist. Now that my daughters are in high school and college, my husband and I get asked if we’ll miss them when they move out. Or, people will say, “They grow up so fast,” sighing because they don’t have little children any more.

Not me. I’m enjoying   every

stage of their lives, just  as my 82-year-old mom is still mothering and enjoying my 60-year-old brother and her 58-year-old daughter – yours truly!

– Anita Martin Mother of 3 Girls, Hayley, 20, Kelly, 18 and Mallory, 16

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My mother is my root, my foundation. She planted the seed that I base my life on, and that is the belief that the ability to achieve starts in your mind.

– Michael Jordan

Next Week: Celebration of Motherhood Continued

The writer does not assume responsibility in any way for readers’ efforts to apply or utilize information or recommendations made in this article, as they may not be necessarily appropriate for every situation to which they may refer. This information is for educational  purposes  only.