Mother's Day, 2012

Adeline, Me, Maralee, Raleigh

Did all of you sweet mammas have a nice Mother's Day?  I sure hope it was filled with kind hugs, yummy food, and maybe a special gift or two.  Whoever thought up holidays like Mother's Day and Father's Day deserves a pat on the back.  That person knew that sometimes we just need a day to remind us that we are indeed special.  Even if our days are filled with crayons and chaos.

I never realized how hard it would be as a mother.  Sure, it is the greatest gift I've ever been given. But, on the other hand, I do believe it to be the toughest job I've ever worked.  Endless days, sleepless nights, funny smells, sheer exhaustion, empty wallets...are all parts of motherhood.  Raising children is not a job for the half-hearted which is why we must take extra concern to the orphans of this world.  I can see how some people just give up.  Or, don't even try.  I feel that way some days.  I think every mother does.  That's why it is so important for moms (and dads) to take time to rejuvenate so we can keep going.  Rejuvenation brings rest and rest brings peace and peace brings love for our children through the crazy days so we can fully embrace the good days with thankfulness.

Thankfulness is the secret to motherhood.

Yesterday, I was invited to be thankful; along with three other special mammas.  In the late afternoon, some close friends joined our families as we thankfully celebrated our children - all who were born premature.  As we gathered together over crawfish and fun, we raised funds to help prevent pre-term births.

This year, the Gilbreath family is the Ambassador Family for the March of Dimes in Montgomery.  Their story is one of loss and joy and I was honored to help them raise money yesterday afternoon.  Take a look at their story below:

Did you know that over half a million babies are born premature each year in the United States?  It's a crazy statistic, and one that I would like to change.  Pre-term labor can happen in the blink of an eye and while we can't always stop what our bodies are forcing us to do, organizations like the March of Dimes are investing in research programs to keep our children inside the womb a little bit longer.  They are also finding ways to improve the technology in the NICU to help micro-babies like ours actually have a chance to survive.  Without organizations like the March of Dimes, Adeline and Maralee might not be with us today.

Thankfulness is the secret to motherhood.

Thank you March of Dimes, for helping me celebrate my 3rd Mother's Day.

Till next time, let your light shine!

Blessings, christen

[box_dark]I’m raising money again this year for the March of Dimes in honor of Adeline & Maralee.  If you’d like to make a donation click here:  Thank you for helping us help premature babies![/box_dark]

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