To Have a Mom and To Be a Mom or To Play a Mom

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers, future mothers, grandmothers, mothers-in-law, nannies who play second mother, mothers who don’t or can’t have children of their own but who love children and provide mothering in one way or another, and single fathers who have to play the role of mother and father – so basically I am saying to all women and single dads everywhere –HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY and that includes all of you!

I felt it important to list all of those who deserve a happy mother’s day wish in the opening of today’s blog because I think we often forget to think of those who are not obviously mothers, but who really are deserving of the gratitude and praise of being a type of mother.

For many years I had a nanny who helped me with my children. I was a CEO and a single mom and there was no way I could do it all alone.  I was incredibly blessed to have Stephanie in my life.  Stephanie was the most amazing nanny a mother could ever hope for.   She loved my children as her own and she provided care for them the same way she would have if they were her own flesh and blood.  To me and my children she was every bit deserving a being celebrated on mother’s day as I was.  I couldn’t have raised my children as well as I did without her there to support me, so to Stephanie, and all the other nannies and babysitters out there who assist a mother with her children I say THANK YOU!

I happen to have an older brother who has been a divorced single parent for many years.  I have watched him support his daughter as both the father and the mother through the years, and I know there are tremendous numbers of single dads out there who do that same thing.  Being a single parent is one of the most difficult things to do.  Trying to handle your household by yourself and still give your children the attention they need and deserve is an insanely hard task.  It can be lonely and scary and overwhelming at times.  And anyone out there who does it deserves huge thank you recognition on mother’s day, whether they are a mom or a dad playing the role of mom.  THANK YOU!

I cannot tell you how excited I am that it is Mother’s Day today because I was able to talk to my son who is out serving a mission for the LDS Church today on Skype, which means I was able to see his amazing smile as well!  Oh, how happy that made me.  That was the best mother’s day present ever!!

Being a mother is the biggest blessing of my life.  I have had an amazing life thus far. I have accomplished amazing goals and I have received tremendous recognition for accomplishing this goals, which I have always appreciated very much – however, there is nothing in my life full of accomplishments that comes  even close to being as important to me as the accomplishment of being the mother of two amazing children.  I know how blessed I am to be a mother. I have many friends who for one reason or another were unable to have children of their own, which has helped me to appreciate to an even greater level just how truly blessed I am to have been able to have the two children that I do.  I thank Heavenly Father every day for the ability I have been given to be their mother. When I think back over their lives so far, from the moment I discovered I was pregnant with them, to their birth, to their first steps, to their first day of school, all the way through the current day – every moment, every second that they have been a part of my life has been the biggest blessing in the entire world.  I love being a mother, and I especially love being their mother, so to both of my children I say THANK YOU for letting me be your mom and I LOVE YOU with all my heart!

Having a wonderful mother of my own is the other biggest blessing in my life.  It would be impossible for me to express just how amazing my mother is. She is brilliant and talented and loving and kind.  She is dedicated and loyal and caring.  She loves the Lord and she lives her life in such a way as to show that to her children.  She has taught me so many things that have helped me to become the mother that I am today.  I love her and I am grateful every day that Heavenly Father allowed me to be born into her home with her as my mother.  To my own mother I say THANK YOU and I LOVE YOU!

My mother-in-law is every bit the amazing woman as my own mother.  I feel like the luckiest girl in the world to have the mother-in-law that I do.  I married well because she came as part of that package!  To her I say THANK YOU and I LOVE YOU!

All of us have those special women in our lives whom have set an example for us, who have loved us, who have been there for us when we needed them, who have taught us, who have helped us, and who have impacted our lives for the better.  Today is the day to tell them you love them. Today is the day to say THANK YOU and I LOVE YOU!  Take advantage of the opportunity to do so.



  • Brennan says:

    Great post. Thanks Amy

  • Jennifer says:

    Yup! Very true, nanny is like second mother for the children as she take care of that children when their parents are away. She guide those children and teach them good habits which generally parents duty. Thanks a lot for sharing such an amazing and wonderful post. I appreciate your effort.

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