when mother’s day hurts.

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Last Year Laurel Box invited me to join some of the most amazing women in the world in writing a series on motherhood, called Motherhood: Rewritten. In the series, they featured every topic from child loss, mom loss, infertility, miscarriage, step moms, adoptive moms, foster moms, and birth moms. It was absolutely STUNNING and I had the best intentions to share both the project and my piece here, except I was in the hospital with two preemie babies and blogging was the last thing on my mind!

And I love how God works because I know this year delay isn’t without intention. Someone is going to be incredibly blessed by these stories this year.

The creators of Motherhood: Rewritten shares this about the project:

“The idea for Motherhood: Rewritten came during a family reunion last year. Between our mothers and grandmother, we were raised by amazing women. But when we sat together and looked in the eyes of our matriarchs, we realized something. Not one of us has a simple Mother’s Day story. Our stories are filled with loss, and foster children, and infertility, and mothering pre-made kiddos. From our 85-year-old grandmother to our own generation, our stories aren’t simple.

So in 2017 decided to create a yearly project to celebrate women living second stories. To create a tribute to all of us rewriting our stories. To  carve out a place for all of us who don’t let Hallmark define Mother’s Day. To encourage the brave and powerful women who continue on, even when it feels like our stories are the only ones marked by difference. To support any woman who feels excluded on Mother’s Day. Whether you have lost a child, lost a mother, mother children from outside your own womb, or mother hope for a child, your story is important.” -Laurel Box

You can click here to assess all the chapters for the stories. Amazing women like Angie Smith, Sara Haggarty and Jenna Kutcher make up these voices and I am just honored to be asked to be a part of this community and add to my words into such a powerful group of women.

If you are walking into Mother’s Day today with the burden of infertility on your shoulders, I pray my article from last year blesses you and reminds you that you’re not alone. I also pray it encourages you in some way. You aren’t forgotten and today I honor the mother you wish you were. You can click here to read my contribution. 

To every woman out there who feels broken or less than, you are not. You are worthy, you are loved, you are special, and I hope the sweet of this holiday one day outweighs the bitter.

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