Honest post here. I haven’t been feeling well the last several weeks and everything I normally do has been severely neglected. I went to the dentist two weeks ago to have a cavity filled. Ever since then I’ve had excruciating pain on my entire right side of my face (starting at my temple and working it’s way all down into my shoulder blade — OUCH!!) to the point I knew I’d be getting a root canal (blah!) but because of life and circumstances I wasn’t able to get in until yesterday which I means I’ll be feeling better in the next day or two. So needless to say, I’ve had many sleepless nights, the projects have stopped, my homemaker duties have fallen to the wayside and I’m just trying to stay sane. This also means blogging hasn’t been on my mind. Sitting in front of a computer hasn’t been something I can even fathom doing (I never thought sitting could hurt so much). So this post will be short and sweet.

Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday. I don’t want to freak you out but that’s in five days! I always stress too much about the gift ideas and not so much about the true meaning of Mother’s Day. However, as I’ve had a lot of time to think about it lately and as I have gotten older, I look at it differently. I think it’s more about celebrating women. Or at least it should be. There’s special and unique characteristics that can only be found in women and I love knowing that. You don’t have to have borne children to be a mother. In certain circumstances, a child may cling to a woman and look up to her as a mother figure because they don’t have a mom in their lives.

There’s been two LDS talks that have stuck with me through the years that pretty much sum up how I feel and what I believe a mother is. You may or may have not heard these before. If you have, I think it’s always good to be reminded and if you haven’t, I hope it touches you like it touched me when I heard them for the first time. I also thought because I can’t think straight lately and likely can’t say what I feel in my heart as well as these two can, I’d just share their talks with you. To remind all women out there that Sunday is a day for all of us and that it is our responsibility to strengthen and uplift the rising generation to be better people — more loving, patient, kind, respectful, gentle and loving.

 “Are We Not All Mothers?” – Sister Sheri Dew

“Because She Is A Mother” – Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Happy Mother’s Day to all the women out there who have made a difference in the life of a child! We hope you have a wonderful day filled with love.