Mothers’ Day Musings

Today I woke up at 9:08 a.m. (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)  If that doesn’t mean something to you, then either you’ve never had a toddler, or you’ve forgotten what it’s like to have one.

My dearest love, Mr. Wonderful, presented me with coffee while the kids shoved all-the-gifts into my hands at once.  I got an awesome bag from the MOB Society that is now my current purse, and I got this:

Which, in case you missed it, is the very scarf I shamelessly campaigned for a few weeks back.  Proof of two things: my hubby loves me (duh) AND he reads this blog!  I love the scarf so much that I wore it most of the day, ignoring the fact that we’ve officially moved into 80+ degree weather here.  Isn’t it beautiful?!

And the coolest things about this scarf?  The enclosed card telling about the artisan.  Mine was hand-woven by Yilfashewa!

One of her daughters is in school, but the other (Meseret) has a very serious heart condition which requires daily medication and a surgery that may not be possible in Ethiopia.  From her bio:

My income has grown since Connected in Hope began selling our scarves.  I am very grateful.  I hope sales will continue to grow, so I will have enough money to pay for Meseret’s medicine and perhaps the operation that she needs.  I am glad people are buying our scarves.  It gives me hope for the future.

Thinking about how this mother struggles to make ends meet, who works her trade faithfully to provide for her family, who has no less love for her children than I do, no matter how different our circumstances may be… It’s a beautiful thing to ponder on this special day.

Another random thought I’ve been pondering this weekend: Did you know that the Saturday before Mothers’ Day is celebrated as Birth Mothers’ Day, to honor those women who gave their children up for adoption?  I first learned of it this year.  It got me thinking a lot about all the people to whom Mothers’ Day might be difficult to celebrate.

Like people who

-struggle with infertility
-gave their babies up for adoption
-had an abortion that they now regret
-have lost a child
-who didn’t or don’t have good mothers to begin with
-recently (or not so recently) lost their mothers
-struggle in their role as a mother
-are far away from their mothers

I’m sure there are other reasons out there.  I personally know someone in each category above.  I’ll be holding them all in my heart today and for the rest of the week.

I hope that whatever this day means to you, you find peace and are able to celebrate the spiritual, physical, and emotional mothers in your life.

Happy Mothers’ Day to everyone!


  1. Happy Mother’s Day Miceala…that scarf is beautiful.

  2. Happy Mother’s Day!

    Mine started at 5:45 and included a trip to urgent care for one of the kids! But everything seems fine now and I am going to take a nice afternoon nap. 🙂

  3. Happy Mother’s Day, Micaela! Hope you’ve had a wonderful day. I lovelovelove the scarf and its bright colors! And how meaningful to get it from such a great organization.

  4. Happy Mother’s Day to you! Thanks for the reminder that even our luxuries can contribute to another’s happiness.

  5. I’m glad you had a Happy Mother’s Day! The scarf story made me tear up a bit. Beautiful scarf and beautiful company!