Mother’s Day Printable

Mother Printable by OSP

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My kids are grown and gone. I’ve spoken of it many times here on my blog. I’ve admitted that I didn’t handle the empty nest thing very well…in fact, I’m still adjusting! Like many of you out there, life as I knew it changed the day I had my daughter. When my son came along, it was like God was shining his love down on me. I had these two beautiful, healthy children and felt incredibly blessed. I became a whole different version of myself. My children became my life’s work. In fact, they are my greatest accomplishment and will remain so until the day I die. I made this Mother’s Day printable for all of us who have devoted our lives to our children…and then let them go.

It’s a hard thing to do. I look at my kids now and am filled with pride. I was NOT the perfect mother. Does such a thing even exist? But at the end of the day, I can rest easy knowing I did the best I could. Every sacrifice, every sleepless night, every dollar spent was worth it. The times I winged it, hoping I was making the right decision, didn’t seem to hurt my children at all. I know there were mistakes…but there are no do-overs in Motherhood. Hopefully I did enough things right to make up for the things I did wrong!

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  1. Bev says

    Beautiful, beautiful quote. I’ve always said that no one loves you more deeply than your mother. When you lose your mom, my words will ring true. I still miss mine. Thank you for this print. I’ll print one for her album and one for each of my girls.

  2. Carole says

    Ann,

    All I can say in response to your comments in this post is….AMEN!

    I’ve been an empty-nester for many years, but my daughter is still my child! Happily, she gave me two grandsons, whom I adore, and try to see at least once a week; attending many school events and as many baseball games as I can. No matter how old your children are, you never forget all their special moments. Now I’m trying to enjoy my grandchildren’s special moments!

    Happy Mother’s Day.

  3. says

    “”There are no do overs in motherhood”" Amen Sister! lol But don’t you wish that you could impart your wisdom on someone younger?? there use to be this tradition of that within a family. I think this tradition has faded from our culture. Unfortunately, the next generation and the next will have to learn for themselves. Where do we grow if the same thing repeats itself without an adjustment? Ya know?

    Loved your thoughts today. Hugs.

  4. says

    What a beautiful quote, Ann! I am at the same stage as you AND I also have a girl and a boy. Every once in awhile I get teary over the fact that they are grown up now and on their own. I wonder where the time went. It can be hard to handle the empty nest syndrome when your kids were your life for so many years; everything revolving around them. My consolation is my granddaughter, though. I get to relive so many of those great moments with her, even if its not 24/7/365. : )

  5. says

    Thanks so much, Ann, I am going to definitely print this. I am nearing the empty nest, just one more left at home and I don’t do change easily! I’ve learned not to beat myself up over the things I did or didn’t do, I know my memories are more far reaching than theirs. And you need to focus your energy on the present and that’s impossible if you are constantly dredging up the past. If any mother thinks she ‘s perfect, she needs a reality check!

    XO,
    Jane

  6. says

    Lovely post, Ann, and i had to save the printable! I think this would make perfect gifts for my daughters…very beautifully written. Thank you!
    Debbie :)

  7. says

    I so understand, Ann! There’s nothing like the feeling when they leave the nest and yet we try so hard to prepare them fully for that day…bittersweet. There hasn’t been a perfect parent on earth and none of us got a manual along with the baby. I always wished for one! :)

    This is a beautiful printable ~ thank you so much for sharing it! I hope you have a marvelous weekend ~
    xo
    Pat

  8. Louise says

    Beautigul quote Ann. We are the parents of 4 children,the youngest a junior in college. Three are grown and on their own. I miss the them being home,but am satisfied they are leading happy productive lives. My husband and I do enjoy the empty nest,,, most of the time!!

  9. says

    i feel the same way as you ann about the kids. mine are grown, last one in college. miss them but thankfully they come back to visit for a hug and food fairly often!!! two growing boys!

  10. says

    What a beautiful printable! Perfectly timed, actually, since just today my eyes welled up at the idea of sending my son to preschool full time! :(

  11. says

    Beautiful Ann, just beautiful. You made me smile from ear to ear..as I hope to say the same someday. But I don’t want the empty nest to come too soon, I will struggle with it, I know I will. Love your printable.

  12. says

    My two daughters are grown now too – and I was a single mother for most of their lives – so I know I made many mistakes, too. I worked 70-80 hours a week and missed sooooooooooo much of the fun stuff.

    I hope one day to be a grandmother…..though it isn’t looking like it is going to happen………but I do hope to, so I can be part of a child’s life now I am finally retired enough to enjoy every step. I missed so so much of it the first time around.

    Love the downloadable- thank you.

    Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs.

  13. Sandy says

    We have been blessed with seven beautiful grandchildren. They have kept us young in spirit and our doors are always open to them.

  14. says

    Ann, I could have written this post. My children were my life’s work as well. Thanks for the printable. This mother’s day all my children are coming home! YIPEE! Thanks for giving voice to how so many of us feel inside!