The Wide Spectrum of Mothering
by Amy Young
To those who gave birth this year to their first child—we celebrate with you
To those who lost a child this year – we mourn with you
To those who are in the trenches with little ones every day and wear the badge of food stain – we appreciate you
To those who experienced loss through miscarriage, failed adoptions, or running away—we mourn with you.
To those who walk the hard path of infertility, fraught with pokes, prods, tears, and disappointment – we walk with you. Forgive us when we say foolish things. We don’t mean to make this harder than it is
To those who are foster moms, mentor moms, adoptive moms and spiritual moms –we really need you
To those who have warm and close relationships with your children – we celebrate with you
To those who have disappointment, heart ache, and distance with your children – we sit with you
To those who lost their mothers this year – we grieve with you
To those who experienced abuse at the hands of your own mother – we acknowledge your experience
To those who lived through driving tests, medical tests, and the overall testing of motherhood – we are better for having you in our midst
To those who have aborted children- we remember them and you on this day
To those who are single and long to be married and mothering your own children – we mourn that life has not turned out the way you longed for it to be
To those who stepparent – we walk with you on these complex paths
To those who envisioned lavishing love on grandchildren -yet that dream is not to be, we grieve with you
To those who will have emptier nests in the upcoming year – we grieve and rejoice with you
To those who placed children up for adoption — we commend you for your selflessness and remember how you hold that child in your heart
And to those who are pregnant with new life, both expected and surprising –we anticipate with you
This Mother's Day, we walk with you. Mothering is not for the faint of heart and we have real warriors in our midst. We remember you.
This month leading up to Mother's Day, CityHouse celebrates authentic motherhood with our Strength and Honor Campaign. At CityHouse, we provide a second chance for struggling mothers to become thriving mothers.
Would you consider giving a gift that helps a mother in need?
Your donation will keep families together and help prevent children from entering the foster care system.
This Mother's Day, please partner with CityHouse to honor your mother or loved one by donating to the Strength and Honor Campaign. With your tax-deductible donation of $50 or more, we will send you or your loved one a customized tote bag and personalized card. The environmentally friendly tote bags are made of 100% cotton and have the Strength and Honor Campaign logo on the front.
During this month's campaign, we will be sharing videos from the CityHouse kids as they express how much they love and appreciate their mothers. Please click below and watch the video. It will surely make you smile.
The voices in the recordings are from the CityHouse kids. However, due to our program's confidentiality standards, we are keeping their names and images anonymous.