This is an old post that I wrote years ago, on my first Mother's Day. I thought it deserved a re-share. 

Mother's Day is coming up this weekend. It's my first "real" one--I was eight months pregnant with Adri last year, at this time, so technically I was already a mommy, but technically not (does that make any sense?). I'm pretty excited. 1. because I really am loving being a mom, and 2. any excuse to get spoiled is awesome ;)

Anyways, Mother's Day is a good time to talk about mothers, so I thought I say a little something about mine.
I have the world's best mother. Hands down. My mom may have her faults and failings (her words, not mine), but if there is one thing in life she has done well (and I think she has done a very, very, good job) she has been an incredible mother. 
My mom has put her whole heart into mothering. It's what she does best, and loves the most. I know for a fact if she could go back to the beginning and start all over again she would. That's just how much she loved/s being a mother. 
I can't remember how many countless hours of talking, exploring, reading, and the time she spent with us. Teaching us, not just the "educational" things of life (we are all ten homeschooled), but also things like cooking, cleaning, about art, and nature. About loving books, and people. About adventuring, and appreciating good music. About her love for the Lord, and His love for us.

And she did all this not because she had to, but because she wanted to. Because she loved it. 

I've truly been blessed, because not only do I have my mom to look to as this wonderful example of what a mother truly is, but I've grown up surrounded by other, dear ladies, who have also set wonderful examples of what being a good mother really looks like.

It's loving your children, no matter what. It's teaching them and talking to them. It's listening to them.  It's being interested in their interests. It's being there, all day, every day. In every way. It's making them a priority, and not an option.

If I can be even half as good a mom as my mother is, I think I'll be fine with that. Because that half is a whole lot :)

Happy Mother's Day to all you (fellow!) mothers out there. I hope your day is a lovely one.