Thursday, May 26, 2011

Honoring Motherhood Event:
Utah Valley American Mothers

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to participate in a pre-Mother's Day celebration.  The "Honoring Motherhood" event was held in Provo, Utah on Saturday, May 7th.  It was a beautiful event, organized by American Mother's Karmel Larsen, and held in a garden room filled with tasty food and tearful emotion.  Speakers (including Sally Olsen, Jennilyn Jorgensen, Cherie Burton)  shared unedited and emotional experiences with motherhood - and they talked of both the joys of motherhood as well as their personal battles against depression, physical depletion and even suicide.

A new friend of mine, Sariah Bailey, was in attendance. Sariah is a one-in-a-million kind of gal.  She is currently pursuing her college education and -- although not yet a mother, and not yet married -- Sariah is impressively already preparing to become a mother.

On her own initiative, and with the financial constraints of a struggling student, Sariah purchased a ticket to attend this pre-Mother's Day celebration.

Beautiful Sariah Bailey
There were times at the event when the emotion was so strong that I worried, "What will Sariah think?  Will she continue to want to pursue motherhood after hearing the unedited difficulties that can (and often do) accompany the joy of bearing and raising children?"

And yet, just recently I received this message from Sariah with her assessment of the event.  She writes:  "My overall impression of American Mothers is that of amazement and awe. When the pledge was recited, it was quite inspiring. However, being a mere 21 years old, single, and child-less, it was a little out there. I don’t know what it is like to be a mother, even though I have many mother-like experiences with my youngest siblings."

Sariah relates, "My friend Bobbi that came with me was very impressed as well.  Bobbi said, 'It’s things like this that make me think about what I can change so that I can be a better mother.'  Even though she is an astounding mother whose children love her very much."

Sariah concluded by saying: "The principles that are emphasized [within American Mothers] are invaluable.  I am so grateful that you introduced me to this.  I hope by reading blogs and communicating with wonderful mothers as well as taking positive qualities from my mother, that I will be able to be a great mother someday."

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The American Mother's Pledge:

I Pledge...
  • To ask God's help as a parent in today's world...
  • To encourage honesty, integrity, patriotism and the application of moral values in every area of American life beginning in my own home...
  • To enhance the spiritual foundation of my home by precept and example...
  • To love, nurture and educate my children remembering the power and influence of a joyful home...
  • To see opportunities to strengthen my family by working, playing, serving and praying together...
  • To foster personal responsibility and respect in my home and community...
  • To serve my family and community through personal development as an individual, parent and citizen...
  • To support and promote positive programs for children and families...
  • To wage a vigorous campaign against abuse and violence in all its forms...
  • To remember that with God, all things are possible.

1 comment:

Kristin said...

Nice post!