Today is mother's day. A day where we buy gifts for mom, take her out to eat, and show her how much she's appreciated. Today I reflect on what it means to be a mother. Motherhood is selflessness. You cannot be a mother and be selfish. To be a mother means to put your baby's needs before your own. To love, nurture, teach, nourish, and facilitate growth.

To be a mother means that you show up for the job even when you don't feel like it. To be a mother means to be an example. Because baby looks at your every move. To be a mother also means not getting much sleep at night after bringing baby home. It also means enduring indescribable pain and risking your life. It means being spit up on after putting a new shirt on ... or having to change a blowout after just putting on a new diaper! It means letting your babies sleep in your bed after they have a nightmare. Putting their comfort before your own.

I am not yet a mother. But I know I will be one day. Anyone who knows me knows that there's not much I've desired more. I've had multiple dreams of just holding my future baby. To me, being a mother means that I pray for my babies even before I've conceived. It means that I am working on becoming the best version of myself, because everything I do now affects my future babies.. physically, emotionally, spiritually.

I've realized lately that because of the value I put into being a mother, that there's so much to do to prepare...physically, emotionally, spiritually, mentally.

I thank God for my own mother and my spiritual mothers. I would not be the woman I am without them.

To those who may be struggling on this day, whether it be due to loss of a mother or loss of a child, I hear you. I feel you. I'm here for you. I pray for you.

<3 Love Always,

Alleen Daneielle