A Mother Without Children

Photo by Amanda Shaw

Submitted by Amanda Shaw:

When I heard about your photography contest I knew that I had to submit this picture. I don’t know anything about photography so hopefully it fits your criteria. This is my all time favorite picture of motherhood. In the picture are two of my kids and my third is taking the picture.

The mother pictured is not me, it is my sister-in-law, Malia. She embodies motherhood to me 100%.

Some people were born to be mothers and Malia is one of them. Six years ago this week she gave birth to an angel son that did not survive. Despite her tragic loss she treats my kids like they are her own. They adore her. She is their favorite person in all the world. She loves them with all her heart, she goes way above and beyond to make them feel special and loved in every way. I think this is what motherhood is all about.

You don’t have to have children to be a mother and having children doesn’t automatically make you a mother.  Motherhood is the love you give to a child, the guidance, the support, the care and concern, the teaching, leading, and blessing.

Malia is every bit a mother to me. I can’t wait for the day when she gets to raise her little boy in Heaven and be with him forever. I am so thankful for her and all that she does to help me raise my children.  Thank you for allowing me to tell this story and submit this picture.

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