Moms aren't just those gals that do the birthing—they are also the stepmothers, mentors, teachers, friends and people who provide nurturing and love. I am talking about the women in our lives who teach, care, listen, act, hug, wipe away the tears, tell us everything is going to be all right, say no, say yes, guide us, who pray and have faith in us.

These special women share the blessings of a mothering spirit as they touch lives and hearts forever. They mother because of their great capacity to love, and they give of their generous spirit without expectation.

Mothers get to love with all their heart, they care and nurture another life, sing songs out loud, play make believe, snuggle under the covers, splash in bubble bath, play peekaboo, dance when the spirit moves them, carpool, jump in the pool and do anything it takes to help their child grow to be all they can be.

This year, take some time—just for you—to reflect on what it means to be a mom. Journal a list of the joys that mothering has brought you, write a poem about what mothering means to you, think about who mothers you and, if the spirit moves you, write your children a letter and thank them for giving you the opportunity to be their mom.

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