Motherhood is the best, hardest, happiest thing I’ve ever experienced. From that moment my children were placed in my arms to the hugs I get from as they are teens and young adults, I have loved every minute of it. From first words to in-depth and meaningful conversations I have with them now, I take it all in. Listening to their thoughts, their frustrations, their dreams, and everything about their days allows me learn more about them and from them.

The love of a mother is incredibly powerful. I was blessed to have a great mom, which taught me how to be a great mom myself. While I never wanted kids in my early 20s, I am so glad I changed my mind. Three kids, two foreign exchange students, and my kids’ friends that I would claim as my own make me the mom I am today.

I am a more the merrier, make yourself at home kind of mom. The pantry is always open. Help yourself, our home is your home kind of mom.

“There is no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one.” Jill Churchill

There is no manual for the most important job on earth. It is a learn as you go, hands on training experience. As a parent, you watch all the other parents you know. You learn ideas. You find out what works best for your child. You snuggle them when they are little, talk to them as they are older, and teach them as much as you can in between.

From being the caregiver, counselor, taxi driver, teacher, activity coordinator, maid, spiritual guide, coach, travel planner to just being the mom is who their biggest fan, love EVERY moment. There is joy in all of it.

Mom. Mommy. Mama. Mum. Mamawigi. All the names my kids have called me. All names I love to hear them say. Do your kids call you something other than mom?

For all the moms, stepmoms, foster moms, grandmothers, aunts, best friends, moms-to-be, sisters, and moms we’ve lost – Happy Mother’s Day! You are completely amazing!

xoxo, Jane Anne

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