mother's day...all kinds of mixed feelings...

growing up in church, for mother's day, must feel somewhat like the child of a hallmark store owner.  

you celebrate and capitalize on a holiday that not everyone receives happiness from.  

as a photographer over the years, i've witnessed much the same.  

i've photographed still born births...

images of moms who are are passing... 

children in foster care...

parents who have lost their beloved children...

and yet we try to wrap it all up in a bow and call it mother's day??

 

 

i think i still will...but no bow needed.  

there are all types of mothers....

 

mothers who birth us, raise us, and pray for us. 

mothers who step in with all the love as if they did do all of the above. 

there are mothers who smile, mothers who care, mothers consumed with too much life and problems and issues of life, to know how to care and love. 

 

but a mother is a mother.

and today, i celebrate the best of them.  

mothers that i have had the opportunity to witness being incredible, loving, WHOLE...and even more...

 

and even mine... she is PRICELESS. all i can do is stand and call her blessed. 

and my mother in law, who loves me as her own, and again, i find myself blessed. 

 

but mother's day is for the women who love the children with fierceness.  

with a strong, loyal and protective heart.  

and women, caregivers...mothers who above all....LOVE.

 

happy mother's day