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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Mother (as in maternal parent) (04/24/08)

TITLE: Blessed To Be a Mother
By Verna Cole Mitchell
04/28/08


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The moment that I knew for sure
I’d have a little one,
That’s when the joy of motherhood
In my heart was begun.

I loved my baby, yet unborn,
And felt a tender thread,
Though I was really unprepared
For all that lay ahead.

It’s true that in the birthing hours
There was some pain, and yet,
As God had promised in His Word,
‘Twas pain that I’d forget.

I had not dreamed of sleepless nights,
Of all a babe would need,
But still, in filling my new role,
I prayed that I'd succeed.

With bottles, diapers, baby food,
I thought that I was through,
When God sent me another child,
Now son and daughter, too.

My children made a lot of noise,
And messes, that’s for sure.
They’d fall and bring their skinned-up knees
For Mommy’s kiss to cure.

I loved to hold them on my lap,
To read to them each day
And sing to them of Jesus’ love
And teach them how to pray.

I did not have their care alone.
My husband, by my side,
Was leader of our family,
Protector, and our guide.

Their days of childhood quickly passed,
With school and games and fun.
I watched them grow up straight and strong,
Was proud of things they’d done.

It seemed no time at all until
The day they’d graduate.
Before I knew it, each had found
A God-intended mate.

Then they had young ones of their own;
What joy this brought to me.
The cycle was continued now
As God planned it should be.

As Mother I’ve been blessed to share
All through their lives a part,
But I confess they’ll always be
Still children in my heart.


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Joanne Sher 05/01/08
Just delightful and sweet and wonderful. Masterfully done.
Sara Harricharan 05/02/08
Just wonderful! I loved the last line, it was truly special, it summed up the 'way' of a mother, I supposed. I liked it. Nice job! ^_^
Betty Castleberry05/03/08
What a delightful and tender poem. The last line was precious. Very nicely done.
Mariane Holbrook05/04/08
What a tender, loving poem. It speaks of every young mother's heart at the very beginning, wanting so much to do a good job with the assignment God gave to them. Great poem!
Dee Yoder 05/05/08
Lovely and wonderful! This poem expresses all the feelings mothers have beautifully.
Joy Faire Stewart05/06/08
The words are so touching and, I like that father is also brought into the poem. Beautifully written.
Pam Carlson-Hetland05/06/08
Ahhh....that is so lovely. It reads beautifully and expresses all the stages of motherhood so very well. Very enjoyable to read.
LauraLee Shaw05/06/08
The rhyming heartbeat of a mother. Just beautiful. And your ending was perfectly perfect.
Beth LaBuff 05/06/08
I had to smile at this, "With bottles, diapers, baby food, -- I thought that I was through, -- When God sent me another child, -- Now son and daughter, too." I wonder how many FWers this has happened too. :) Your pleasant thoughts are so eloquently penned in this. Very nice!
Beth LaBuff 05/06/08
I had to smile at this, "With bottles, diapers, baby food, -- I thought that I was through, -- When God sent me another child, -- Now son and daughter, too." I wonder how many FWers this has happened too. :) Your pleasant thoughts are so eloquently penned in this. Very nice!
Loren T. Lowery05/07/08
I so admire your work. You say so much so well with so few words. Your last line resonates with me as I've heard it a thousand times from my own mother...."you will always be a child to me." Somehow, there is great comfort in that.
Laury Hubrich 05/08/08
Wow Verna! You captured the thoughts and hearts of many here at FW.
Laury
Linda Watson Owen05/08/08
Oh, Verna! What a beautiful ode straight from a mother's heart! And your ending was just perfect. My, you've captured a mother's thoughts so completely and wonderfully here. I just love this.. it's so real and so lovely too. One of my favorites of all I've ever read! You are such a master poet! Thank you especially for this one.