Two Moms and a Daughter

As I stood there speaking to a group of lovely ladies at a mother/daughter banquet my mind took a quick trip down reality lane. With my sweet daughter-in-law sitting on the first row I was reminded that it’s her first Mother’s Day as a mom. And what a good mother she is!

Yet, my mom is in what looks to be her final stages of cancer and although I don’t like to think about it, this may be her last Mother’s Day. Oh, how my heart hurts when I let my thoughts travel to unchartered territory. Me without my mom. I know it’s the progression of this life we all live under the sun, but the pain is still real.

And then there’s my birthmom – bravely battling breast cancer in a fight for her life. The complications from the chemo are taking a toll on her physically, but her faith is strong and her courage is great. It’s difficult knowing she’s so far away, but I’m comforted to know that my sister is holding her hand down this dreadful path.

It’s hard for me to write right now. Way too many emotions are clamoring for my attention as I purposefully do my best to avoid them all. Not now. It’s not time to go where reality hasn’t.

But I am so very thankful! In fact, when I was in an elevator the other day, a man stepped off, looked back and said, “Don’t forget your mother on Sunday. After all…we’ve only got one.” I smiled, looked at my friend next to me and said, “Ah…but I have two!”

God has richly blessed me with a mother who would love me as if I were her own and another mother who would look past the pain of rape and choose life for me instead. So, Happy Mother’s Day to my two moms and their daughter! 🙂



  1. Steph, I am praying faithfully for you and both of your moms. I can't imagine how hard this is for you, but I know that God's strength will be sufficient for you. Love you, my sister, Tanyia

  2. Such beautiful thoughts. Thank you for sharing at such a time for you.

    Your two moms are blessed to have you loving them as you do. I will continue to pray the Lord's peace & comfort be with all of you.

    Happy Mother's Day!

  3. Tanyia,
    You are such a sweet friend! I am so thankful for your prayers. God has carried us all through these difficult days and I'm so thankful for His grace.

    I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day!

  4. Rose,
    Thanks so much for your prayers!

    I hope your Mother's Day is WONDERful!

  5. Oh Stephanie,

    I wish I could wrap my arms around you!XOXO

  6. Stephanie,
    It so touching to hear your story and to hear it from the daughter of two moms. I “share” a little one who we fostered when she was an infant, and she often questions why she can't come stay with us “forever”. I keep reminding her how blessed she is to have two moms. Your story only affirms that she, too, will look back one day and say the same thing about being thankful for both. Thank you for sharing.


  7. Trish,
    Thank you so much for sharing your heart felt story and your love for that sweet little girl! Fostering takes a special couple with a special calling and I'm always impressed by such a love that is willing to raise a child as their own and then watch them walk away knowing they are loved.

    I hope you visit my blog again.

  8. Sandra,
    You are always so sweet! Hugs backatcha! 🙂

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