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“Be a mother who is committed to loving her children into standing on higher ground than the environment surrounding them. Mothers are endowed with a love that is unlike any other love on the face of the earth.” MP Hinckley
The love of a mother is different than flimsy affection.
The love of a mother goes to extremes. She requires her children to read two books a week then submit book reports to her which she marks up, hoping they won’t notice she can’t read.
The love of a mother sacrifices her own security. After an adoption loss, she uses her own home as collateral to fight for her child.
The love of a mother is primal. When faced with grave danger she will stop at nothing – and spare no one – who threatens the lives of her children.
The love of a mother is sobering. Rose Colored Glasses give way to fear, worries, and doubts for her children’s safety because, now, life is about more than having a good time.
The love of a mother is different in different seasons.
The love of a mother turns her attention to her little ones and away from former hobbies, interests, and pursuits that are too costly and self-focused.
The love of a mother makes time to pour into herself, knowing it’s the best thing she can do for her family.
The love of a mother says I will do that Big Thing later because, right now, I have more important work at home.
The love of a mother doesn’t use children as an excuse to put off the Scary Task she is called to do right now.
The love of a mother does the best she can.
The love of a mother nourishes her baby at her breast day to day – sometimes hour to hour – though she hasn’t had a full night’s rest in years.
The love of a mother accepts her child needs more nourishment and nutrients than she has to give, and thanks God that sometimes formula is best.
The love of a mother carefully selects ingredients and meals for her children to help them grow strong, healthy, and boost their immune system.
The love of a mother serves canned fruit and processed meals, balancing the worry that fresh food would be better, but $20 only goes so far.
The love of a mother means different things to different women.
The love of a mother helps her stay in a hard marriage when it’s best for the kids because she knows the security and well-being of her children is more important than feeling butterflies.
The love of a mother gives strength to overcome fear of the unknown and flee the family home for the sake of her children’s safety.
The love of a mother spends thousands of dollars each year to give her children the best opportunities and education money can buy.
The love of a mother sees her child’s spirit withering at school, and brings her home to continue her education in a place of safety and belonging.
The love of a mother says I will keep you, raise you, and love you though I am neither prepared nor ready for this job.
The love of a mother carries to full term only to give her baby to those who’ll raise him in a way she knows she cannot.
The love of a mother looks different in different places.
The love of a mother will place her family on a boat to flee a war torn country, risking peril in hopes of finding safe haven.
The love of a mother suppresses guilt and jealousy as she drops her baby off each morning at care. Wishing she could do that work, instead of the work that puts a roof over their heads.
The love of a mother sustains her when there is barely enough food to feed her children, much less leftovers.
The love of a mother says I will birth, love, and cherish you though my government considers you inferior.
The love of a mother says I don’t care what other people think or say about my choices. I will do what I think is best for you, even if it isn’t popular, because popular only counts in high school. And I’m too old for that.
The love of a mother looks different in each woman, but deep down… it’s what unites us.
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