Tags: In This Issue, Parenting
To celebrate this Mother's Day, we asked our readers to reflect on the many joys and challenges of being a mom. With so many inspiring, funny and beautifully written essays submitted, it was difficult to choose just one as our winner. However, one story was particularly moving. In response to our question "How has being a mother changed you?" Ashley Miller wrote the following:
"Being a mother has changed me in ways I never imagined. I have four living children and a son in Heaven. I go to bed mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausted most nights. I'm not a perfect mother, but I pray every day to do right by these precious children.
When my older daughter was born she opened my heart to depths of love I couldn't have imagined.
My younger daughter inherited a genetic disorder from me that causes some recognizable facial features. I grew up feeling ugly. When I look at my daughter and see her gorgeous face, I feel beautiful.
My oldest son has significant autism. Each day he illustrates the beauty of giving and receiving unconditional love.
My middle son passed away at seven months. Losing him changed all of us.
My youngest son has brought laughter back to our house. He has changed my broken heart into one that is once again open to joy.
My days are filled with cuddles, peanut butter and jelly, diapers, chores and love. I couldn't ask for more.
I am thankful each day for the privilege of Parenting these amazing children and I feel lucky to be at their sides through every struggle, smile, tear and triumph."
Congratulations to Ashley who will receive a $50 gift certificate to the new upscale, Southern-style restaurant Another Broken Egg.
And thank you to all the wonderful mothers who sent in their stories!
Happy Mother's Day!