Sunday, May 11, 2014

The Miracle of Motherhood

Happy Mother's Day to all of you mothers and to my friends who have taught or cared for others like a mother would. I remember how excited I was to find out that I was going to be a mother many years ago. It was something I'd dreamed about for eight years of marriage with no children. I was the oldest of six children, much older than most of them, so mothering the younger ones seemed so natural. That was a big part of the reason I became a teacher. It was embarrassing and tiresome to frequently answer the well-meant comments and questions of older friends like, "When are you going to start a family?"

I had started my career teaching older children, mostly nine- to twelve-year-olds. When I switched from public school to teaching in a Christian school, I was assigned to teach first graders. I totally fell in love with these little people. By the end of the year I remember telling God that if He wanted these little ones to be "my children," I was perfectly happy to have them instead of my own. I turned my desire to have a baby over to Him. That was the time that I finally, surprisingly got pregnant. My oldest daughter became my miracle! She was given to me in God's timing, not mine. It's amazing how many ladies I have met with similar stories!

I decided to make several congratulations cards for new mothers in a combination of colors using the Doodle Pantry image from the set called "Miracle from Above."

As you can see, I flipped the mother horizontally in order to have her face into the design instead of away from it. That's part of the beauty of digital designs! I used the patterned paper from the digi set and embossed cardstock with dots to match. I liked having the brown pearls and the protruding corner of the square of the paper in front of the mother, rather imitating her rounded form.

I used the Mojo Monday sketch for this past week.

May God bless you as you mother your children, young or old,  and share your love with those around you!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

2 Sisters Challenge #176 - baby or expectant mother
Charisma Cardz #10 - Mother's Day
Crafter's Café #62 - mom or special lady
Digitally Sweet #87 - Mothers
Mojo Monday #344 - sketch
Sweet Stamps #168 - for mom
Tuesday Throwdown #194 - for Special Lady


Roxie said...

Nice card for Mother's Day, thanks for playing along in the SweetStamps challenge.

Donna K said...

Thank you for sharing this lovely card with us at it is perfect for our For Mom challenge. I hope your day was absolutely beautiful.
~Donna K

Faith A said...

A beautiful card, love the texture to it and your colouring, you are so right about digis.

Thank you for joining us at Digitally Sweet Challenges!

Dorothy H said...

A very touching story...God is so great! His time is not ours but there is freedom in the wait. Your card is lovey and thank you for joining us at Digitally Sweet Challenges!

Debbie said...

What a beautiful card!!
Thanks for sharing you story of your miracle of life!!

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Cindy Dy said...

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