to experience the full range of each and every moment as it
appears. The ultimate gift is a beautiful yet sometimes severe
grace that I have received in this journey as mom.
The journey of motherhood as well as life itself is one
of letting go. No stage or season with our children is
permanent but always flowing onward. Though there is grief
around this, we are also extended the possibility of deeply
knowing joy, beauty, grace, and true love. The poet Rainer
Maria Rilke penned these words: “Is not impermanence the
very fragrance of our days?” I answer a resounding yes to this
inquiry. Thank you to each of my children for serving as
teacher to your student mom. You are the most powerful
instruments of grace in my most beautiful life.
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