Mom. Mommy. Mama. Ma. However you say it, this is a term of endearment for the woman who should be a pivotal part of your upbringing and life. I did a Google search for the definition of the word “Mother”, but nothing comes close to my definition of what a mother is. Every definition is quite basic: a woman who bears children. My mother is so much more than that.

I am not a mother, but I know it’s not an easy job. That difficult yet rewarding job of mothering is made even harder when raising special needs children. Mothers of healthy babies are amazing and should most definitely be celebrated! But I truly believe that God makes rare, unique women with extra strength and perseverance to use when they have sick infants they’re entrusted with.

Any woman can be a mother, but it takes a special woman to be a mom. A mom loves unconditionally. A mom would do anything – literally anything – to see that her children are protected and cared for. A mom wants to give her children all the tools necessary for them to succeed in life. A mom raises children carefully, teaching them valuable life lessons that will shape them into kind, compassionate adults. A mom helps in correcting her children when they do wrong so they become wise and virtuous adults. Being a mom is no joke. It is a serious, important job that isn’t for the faint of heart.

There are many good moms in the world, but only certain kinds of moms can handle the responsibility of caring for special needs children. The moms that stay up all night making sure their baby is breathing, who fight with arrogant doctors who won’t follow a mother’s God-given intuition, who fly home from vacation when their child suddenly turns ill, who care for their children 24/7 when they aren’t afforded the “luxury” of in-home nursing care. These moms don’t just raise children until they reach adulthood, but for their entire lives. And if special needs moms can roll with the twists and turns of life and gracefully become a certain type of superhero, true beauty and Christ-like love can be seen.

For those who don’t know this, I adore my Mom. She is my best friend, my confidant, my nurse, my doctor, my cheerleader, my advocate, my teacher, my hands and feet, my Mom. No matter where she is or where I am, I know that when I need her she will always be there. She gives me every opportunity to live life to the fullest in spite of my physical limitations – whether it’s driving me hours away to PA Vent Camp, riding rollercoasters with me, taking me to NYC for fun-filled weekends, or being my voice when I have none. She is hands down one of the greatest blessings I have in this life, and I thank God for her every day.

Perhaps you have a mother but have never had a real mom. Maybe you’ve never felt that unconditional love and comfort that comes from a mother. God can fill that void in your heart if you ask Him to be a part of your life.

Happy Mother’s Day! I think I have the best Mom this side of Heaven. She’s amazing and has led me to live passionately for Christ. I could never give her a gift to show her how much I love and appreciate her, but I will spend my life trying to show her how much she means to me. Life is short and you shouldn’t waste time in telling those you love how much you love them.

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