On this Feast of the Assumption:

stella maris

I have always felt a close tie to the mothers I have known, Mary our Mother included.  I was incredibly close to my maternal grandmother (like a second mom), who passed away too soon.  I talked to her on the phone usually twice a day all the way through college.  It took me about six months to stop picking up the phone to call her.  And I am very close to my dear wonderful mother.  Whom I also can’t seem to talk to less than a couple of times a day.  (I know – lots of phone time – we’re on the family plan.)  I hope and pray that I can have a loving relationship like that with a daughter one day.  And, last but not least, out of all of the saints, Mary is the one I feel I can reach out to for real understanding — like a daughter, like a thoughtful listening girlfriend, like a neighbor with a casserole on a tough day, like a fellow follower of Christ.

I yearn for all of these women’s support.

With all of this talk about who reads what types of blogs and who enjoys reading them for what reasons:

I write for myself and hope that I write for others about things that will help me grow to be more like my own mothers — Audrey (my grandmother), Pixie (my mother), and Mary (my Mother).  I write to encourage myself to be better, to focus on the good things that I have worked through and accomplished, and to improve upon the things that I have failed at.  One day I hope to be a mother like them.  I want to be ready when the time comes if that is what happens.  Because I love LOVE.  I want to learn what I can from them and from others (why I am reading all these mom blogs before I am one!)   So to all mothers, my mothers, and most of all Mary our Mother, “we fly unto thee” because you are the protectors, helpers, and loving caretakers who help us to reach our full loving potential in Christ.  Thank you.

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known
that any one who fled to thy protection,
implored thy help
or sought thy intercession,
was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence,
We fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins my Mother;
to thee do we come, before thee we stand, sinful and sorrowful;
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not our petitions,
but in thy mercy hear and answer them.