Every year as Mother's Day rolls around, I somewhat frustratingly wonder why the flowers are sent out, the gifts are purchased and even the "thank you"s are extended more. Do we forget that we should celebrate parenthood EVERY SINGLE DAY of the year? Parenting is hard! Mothering is hard! Feeling unappreciated, alone, tired, selfless, tired, alone, tired, tired, tired.
BUT YOU ARE ENOUGH!
Let all my women followers understand that they are enough. Let all my men followers give thanks more frequently to the women who carry the load, sometimes physically alone, to raise the rising generation. Women-don't let a day go by that you aren't grateful for the opportunity to mother, whether it be your own children or someone else's. It's HARD, but it's worth it! Men-don't let a day go by that you aren't grateful for the women in your life who influenced and helped you get to where you are today.
Don't wait for Mother's Day to give gifts of gratitude through word, deed and gifts. Let it be something that we express more often.
Motherhood can feel like participating in a race without a finish line: slow at times, frantic at others, exhausting and exhilarating all at once. No matter your circumstances, Heavenly Father promises blessings as you participate in this essential work of salvation. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland assured, “You will be magnified, compensated, made more than you are and better than you have ever been as you try to make [an] honest effort” (“Because She Is a Mother”).