There are so many things I like about you.
I like it that you give birth to and adopt children, no matter how painful or gross or inconvenient or time-consuming or expensive or politically incorrect it may be.
I like it that you bring your children to the waters of Holy Baptism so they can be reborn into God’s family. One of the greatest joys in my life is witnessing those baptisms and shouting out, “Amen!” Thank you for that opportunity.
I like it that you bring your children to church every Sunday. Seriously. Don’t worry when they scream or cry or bang their heads on the pews. Kids are noisy, but as baptized children of God they need to hear the Word and grow up in the church.
I like it that you hand your babies to me to hold and snuggle and console and put to sleep when you can’t. It is a huge confidence booster.
I like it that you know how to make homemade yogurt.
I like it that you talk straight to me about your life as a mother. I may not be able to fully understand it, but I learn so much through your experiences (and feel special that you confide in me).
I like it that you ask me questions about my life and celebrate the things that make me different from you.
I like it that you invite me into your home on feast days, so that I can experience the gift of family even when it is not my own.
I like it that you teach your children to call me “Mrs.” or “Miss” or “Aunt” Katie, because every time they speak my name they are reminded that I am worthy of respect.
I like it that you let me be barren and remind me of the good gifts God gives to me every day.
I like it that you selflessly (willingly!) die to self every day and then get up the next morning to do it all over again.
I thank God for you, and I pray for you. A blessed Mother’s Day to all of you!