by Tammy Taylor~
Happy Mother’s Day, y’all! I’ve learned some important lessons about being a mom. I have an amazing mother whose wisdom and guidance gave me the tools to become a loving mom myself. She was firm in her expectations of each of her children. We were to respect each other and always respect our parents. Honesty and integrity were important parts of our character. She taught us the love of God and the ability to see situations from the other’s perspective.
As important as those lessons are, mom is still teaching me today. You see, mom isn’t just needed to bandaid a boo-boo, make sure we’re properly fed or set guidelines. Mom is needed throughout life. They continue to guide us and teach us to be a better person – more loving, caring, accepting and wise as the years go by.
Back when my children were born I’d happily stepped into the role of mom, adoring my kids and offering the very best I had to them in all things. There were sacrifices happily made for them, and their benefit was the deciding factor in each and every one of my actions. My goal was to raise them to be happy, healthy, responsible, empathetic adults.
But almost 20 years ago I received another important lesson about being a mom. In addition to my own children, my marriage to RancherMan – the Love of my Life – gave me two more amazing daughters to love!
So I learned that moms who love their children don’t necessarily give birth to them. I knew that these two girls had their own biological mom to love and adore them. My maternal feelings for them didn’t compete with nor diminish hers, but augmented it!
Who doesn’t benefit from even more people to love them as only a mother can??!! RancherMan and I have never considered any of the kids mine or his, but wholeheartedly OURS. We blended our two families into one home, one love, one FAMILY.
So to *ALL* the moms out there whether biological, adopted or blended love –
Happy Mother’s Day!!