When I think of what it means to be a mother so very many memories come to mind about my mother, my grandmothers, my two daughters and myself as mothers. I have scanned so many photos trying to decide the best for a contest hosted by 5 Minutes for Moms where you can win $1,000, awarded via an American Express gift card to spend however you want. What I kept coming back to was a few photos of my oldest daughter. They just seem to express a beautiful life so well.
The photo below is minutes after birth. My daughter took a great health risk to have another child and went through a terribly stressful pregnancy because of an unrelated shock. With all that she endured she always felt that Lucy was meant to be here...that there was a purpose for her life. This is the true meaning of what it is to be a mother...to risk your own life to bring forth such a miracle.
I often look at this photo of my daughter and granddaughter and an overwhelming bittersweet feeling washes upon me. For though she was just a few weeks from passing away and was suffering the terrible side effects from her brain cancer, surgeries and treatments which stole her away bit by bit, I can forever see the beautiful response to her child. Lucy will always be able to see the love in these two photos.