Being a Grandparent · Family · Inspirational · Motherhood


Mother’s day is this Sunday here in Australia, so come & join me in a tea party, I do have coffee & other refreshments if tea isn’t your forté.

Today is open to all whom have taken on the role of mothering a child at anytime in their lives.

I would like to share a poem that my eldest daughter gave me many years ago.

It was a beautiful artwork she had done of hand sketched Australian native Flannel flowers bordering the poem on parchment paper & she had placed it in a frame for me on Mother’s day 1994.

Its colors are too faded now to include here in a photo but the message is still precious…

woman carrying baby at beach during sunset

What is a Mother 

It takes a mother’s LOVE to make a house a home,

A place to be remembered no matter where we roam,

It takes a mother’s PATIENCE to bring a child up right,

And her COURAGE & her CHEERFULNESS to make a dark day bright…

It takes a mother’s THOUGHTFULNESS to mend the hearts deep hurts.

And her SKILL & ENDURANCE to mend little socks & shirts…

It takes a mother’s KINDNESS to forgive us when we err,

To sympathize in trouble & bow her head in prayer…

It takes a mother’s WISDOM to recognize our needs,

And to give us reassurance by her loving words & deeds…

It takes a mother’s ENDLESS FAITH, her CONFIDENCE & TRUST

To guide us through the pitfalls of selfishness & lust…

And that is why in all the world there could not be another,

Who  could fulfill God’s purpose as completely as a MOTHER!

By Helena Steiner Rice

There are many who have stepped up to the plate in a child’s life & been everything mentioned above to that child, nuturing them through the hard times, the good times & the messy times!

Whether you are the biological, adoptive, step, foster, grandparent or a family kin Mama to that child…

Mother’s day is for you to celebrate too!

Enjoy the memories of the good times & whether you see these little or big ones now or not.

Know that you made a difference in that child’s life & rest assured God hasn’t forgotten the love, sweat & tears you poured out for them!

You’re welcome to linger awhile & enjoy more cups of inspiration, there’s plenty of food for thought to choose from!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Until next time,


You’re most welcome to join me in The Reading Nook


In Prayer

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32 thoughts on “Mothering…

  1. Mothering is most definitely the most growing and stretching job I’ve ever had. Second only to step-mothering I think!! Thank you for your reminder that God doesn’t forget all the struggles!!

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    1. He doesn’t, yes I am both a Mum & step Mum… it is so important to be constantly seeking God’s wisdom as we do the job of mothering for Him in whatever capacity He has given us!
      Lovely having you visit Sue!


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