Women Who Inspire Me

Mothers

There is no greater love than that of a mother. Every mother who embraces her life with a purpose and a plan is a great inspiration. With the unique challenges of each child and each family, every mother must follow the path that her particular situation presents to her. I believe that the birth experience itself awakens that extraordinary gift which lies within every woman. She is transformed in that moment! Her heart will never be the same. With all it’s mysteries, joys, sorrows, disappointments and challenges, women who call upon the God-given strength to rise to all occasions are true heroes.

There are a few, among the many wonderful women, who have been called to embrace even greater courage. These are the mothers of handicapped children.

But the greatest reverence is reserved for the bereaved mothers.  Not only that they continue to walk and breathe but to live and love. There are many, many women for whom I am in awe, who have walked this path.

My Grandmother

My dear Grandma loved me unconditionally and taught me that I could do anything I set my mind to…and I believed her! Her home was always a warm and welcoming place for friends and family. Hospitality, generosity, kindness, forgiveness, compassion were of the many gifts with which she blessed others. The words of Mother Teresa reflect the heart of my Grandma. – ‘Let no one come to you without leaving better and happier.’ She made each of us feel special.  I learned from my grandmother’s example that as women, we can lift one another up with affirmation, encouragement and kindness.

Mother Teresa

“Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own home. Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor . . . Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting.”

– Mother Teresa

Lizzy’s Mother

Sherry’s entire life is an inspiration but in the darkest times she shines! Her daughter says it best…

“I honestly cannot put into words how much I adore this woman. I also can’t express how it breaks my heart to see her going through what she’s going through right now. To watch her go from this vibrant crazy Italian lady who had food ready for anyone that walked through our door, who loved to quilt, and who’s God-given talent as a decorative painter filled our houses throughout my childhood with hand painted irreplaceable furniture and pieces. A woman who spent most of her life giving her all to everyone around her, starting with her family. I’ve called her my teacher, my best friend, my mom, my counselor, my mentor.. And I’ve never experienced pain worse than watching her live each day not even being able to do the simplest thing by herself. Yet her spirit is still the exact same, if not stronger and MORE vibrant. I’ve never witnessed such JOY in the face of such inevitable decline and deterioration. She gives me motivation everyday to be the best person I can be. She gives me purpose and she shows me everyday what it means to be strong, resilient, loving and joyful. I love ya momma. So much. You inspire me and I hope one day I’ll be half the amazing woman you are.”

– Liz