I deal in hope : Carolyn R Scheidies

Blog Mothers and Gratitude

Motherhood is hard. It is the hardest job any mother ever had. I know first because my husband and I raised two kids. I know because I wrote a book for mothers with mother-to—mother advice.

But all that was confirmed when my husband and I spent a week with our two and six-month old grandkids. They are delightful and joyous…and absolutely exhausting. We aren’t as young as we were raising our kids. Yet I remember being exhausted to the very core of my being back then.

Mothers are special. My mother was an accomplished musician who played several instruments and who accompanied my minister father in worship. She taught me to play piano and to love music. She was also a reader and got me into Grace Livingston Hill books when I was old enough. Mom took care of our family in so many ways, especially once I contracted Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis as a young teen. Mom was educated, stubborn and independent. She was also creative, caring and generous.

I was devastated to lose her much too soon to a massive stroke in my senior year of college. It was totally unexpected and so hard.

Yet I look back and am grateful for all she was in my life. I am also thankful for the mothers, such as my daughter, who symbolize the best of what motherhood is all about—sleepless nights and all.

On Mother’s Day, let’s remember our mothers and give thanks.

By Carolyn R Scheidies

Help! I’m a New Mother


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