What do you say to the woman who taught you all you know?
To the woman who taught you unconditional love, particularly during every argument you had with her when you still saw nothing but love in her eyes. To the woman who taught you compassion, picking you up when you felt broken, and holding you when you needed a shoulder to cry on. To the woman who protected you, nurtured you, and raised you to be the person you are today.
To the woman who gave you everything she could, and never asked for anything in return.
Our Instagram followers share exactly what valuable lessons they learned from their mothers, and how those lessons shaped them into the people they are today.
Thank you for teaching me the power of caring for others. The genuine nature of your love is something I wish to reflect onto my future children. Your openness and understanding is pure within itself & I’ll always be grateful to call you mom. – @likeoceanwaves
Thank you for teaching me to see the beauty in my surroundings; that wherever you are and wherever life leads, there is beauty to enjoy, breathe in, and be a part of. You have taught me to truly look and see and find inspiration and to recklessly and passionately create with it. Thank you for being my eyes when I couldn’t see and for being my inspiration when I could. – @jenn1616
Thank you for teaching me to handle life with grace and dignity and most of all determination. – @renukostyle
Thank you for teaching me how to work hard and how not to wait on others in order to do what needs to be done. Thank you for instilling in me a self-initiative and motivation that has served me well and for teaching me the joy of a job well done. I am always happy when I get to work alongside my Marmee, (wrapping Christmas gifts with you is one of my favorite activities in the entire world). – @melladysnyder
Thank you for teaching me the beautiful gift of resilience. We experienced great adversity; losing everything when I was young… it was a painful time. Rather than view these experiences as wounds that I need healing from, she told me I’ve instead developed unique muscles that give me the extraordinary ability to handle more strain and stress than most. You see muscles are only developed through periods of intense stress and pain, but over a period of rest and recovery grow back stronger working at a higher level than its former counterparts. It’s because of this life lesson that I have pushed myself harder than most, and have sacrificed more than most to get to where I want to be….. I am now living my dream life. I wouldn’t be if it wasn’t for that strong resilience muscle my mother instilled in me. I am eternally grateful for that. – @mrs_financial_freedom
Thank you for teaching me that to be emotionally strong is everything – once you have mastered this, you have mastered life, as you possess the ability to deal with whatever life throws your way. You have acted as a role model to me in so many ways, but to be emotionally strong is a quality that I will always appreciate learning from you – and God knows I have required much emotional strength already in my life. You have dealt with your lot in life with grace and determination; you have never allowed anything to defeat you and for this I will always be grateful… – @helenathemexican
Thank you for teaching me to have a generous heart and spirit, to take time to make others feel special by doing, cooking, listening, to always remember their birthdays and special occasions!! You were an amazing role model, I am forever grateful!! – @jeanettemstewart
Thank you for teaching me the importance of making time to be creative even when your days were filled with working on the family farm and rearing five children. You stayed up late to sew beautiful clothing and quilts for your family, while feeding your own need to play with beautiful fabrics and learn new things. Now I’m happy to carry on that tradition, making space in my day for creativity and fun, even when dust bunnies collide on the wood floor. – @joyfully_tracie
My mom shows me the beauty of life and how we should cherish every moment of it. She is a hardworking, single mom of 3. She makes me a better person each day by showing me how dedicated she is and even through the rough times my mom doesn’t even show it, instead she shows me how strong she is and how there is always light at the end of the tunnel. My momma can rip through anything that comes at her. She is inspirational, courageous, fearless, and always ready to take on the world and I wanna be just like her. – @lilybreezeblog
Thank you for teaching me the importance of forgiveness Mom. You feel as though you do not deserve it yet, I know you are deserving. I yearned & learned how to forgive you for the choices you made that affected me to the deepest core every day of my life. Your secrets taught me that living a true authentic life is the way to personal strength, integrity & happiness. And this I want for you. – @simplypatti12
Thank you for teaching me how to compromise, be selfless, appreciate the small things, and make sacrifices. – @carlyaugustabush
Thank you for saying that, “The day is long, you can do many things.” You taught me I can use my time to create, to share, to talk and the end of the day I will be really grateful and confident that I’m making difference in the world. – @reginaraanholete
To laugh at myself and the things that go wrong in life. – @lucille_zimmerman
Thank you for teaching me that laughter is the best medicine, to be bold & colorful, & lastly~ all things in moderation! These lessons have served me well! – @sunsmilemom
Thank you for teaching us how to anchor in the love of our Mother so that we could grow into the fullness of our dreams. Thank you for teaching us how to be artists and creators. Thank you for showing me how I want to be more like you. – @annafoxryan
Thank you for teaching me that tragedies don’t determine my trajectory, that no pain goes wasted, and that God can redeem all things for good. You’ve renewed my hope many times over, and constantly remind me that my blessings will always outweigh my troubles. – @megan.stirewalt
My mom has always been a kind and giving person. She helps those in need and always provides me and my siblings with what she could. My mom has been supportive of my dreams and would not let anything get in my way. She is a true inspiration. She is a mother, a wife, a business owner, and so much more. She has so many responsibilities but she is resilient. My mom has taught me that no matter what life bring, I must reach my full potential as well as helping others reach theirs. She has taught me to enjoy the simple moment in life and to trust that I have a great purpose in life. I love my mom. She is my best friend. – @rosa7rubio
Thank you for teaching me that God and family come before everything else; that by taking care of those two things – faith and each other – everything else will fall into place, even when it seems impossible. I have experienced miracles beyond my understanding because, in hard situations, I did what I felt was right instead of what everyone else suggested I do. Thanks to you, my faith and courage to persevere are stronger than ever and still growing. – @thecoddiwomplerblog
Thank you for teaching me perseverance. You’ve helped me to be strong even through the hard times. I love you! – @simplyannabelfi
Thank you for teaching me to shut my mind to naysayers when I want something that seems so distant. Not all things will work out but lack of trying is the real regret. – @theunimaginativeheart
Thank you for teaching me to have faith that even in the hardest situations there are reasons to hope!!! You lost your job only months after becoming a single mom with two teenagers and yet you always knew the best was yet to come and lived that out fiercely! – @ceichy24
My mother taught me to trust God and take leaps of faith. She is the bravest woman I know. She has dealt with many health issues and never complained. She has always found blessing in all things. I hope when I am her age I leave the legacy she is leaving for me and my children. – @tealadytammy
Beautiful and beloved mother…we miss you. We are seven, but you made each of us feel as we were your favorite child. You took a piece of our hearts with you to heaven, but you left a piece of your heart with us here on earth. – @carmelsf
Thank you for teaching me the value of being myself even when it’s difficult, unappreciated, undervalued and uncomfortable. You were right. I will damned if I do and damned if I don’t. Loving myself is a gift that keeps on giving. – @butterflyslippers
Thank you for teaching me that not all parents are super heroes. It’s a difficult lesson, but learning that moms and dads are people too has taught me to look for the human-ness in others. I am more compassionate, patient, and understanding because of you. – @ardentlyyoursstudio
Read more lessons we learned from our Moms, in Issue 11.
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