To the mother who is sitting by her child’s side in hospital – I see you.
To the mother who feels like all she does all day long is nag – I see you.
To the mother whose child died – I see you.
To the mother who feels like nobody cares about her – I see you.
To the mother who fosters children – I see you.
To the mother whose child has just been given a diagnosis of any kind – I see you.
To the mother whose heart holds a dream of giving birth to a healthy baby – I see you.
To the mother who smiles and hides how she is really feeling – I see you.
To the mother who is deployed overseas serving her country – I see you.
To the mother who has been told she will never be able to have children – I see you.
To the mother working multiple jobs to feed her babes – I see you.
To the mother nursing her child through a disability or illness – I see you.
To The mother running on nothing but fumes and coffee – I see you.
To the mother being made to feel like her child doesn’t live up to society’s expectations – I see you.
To the mother going through fertility treatments and living month by month, I see you.
To the mother living in the trenches of guilt, regret, grief, depression or anxiety – I see you.
To the mother who is going it alone – I see you.
To the mother who has just found out she is carrying her first baby – I see you.
To the mother who had to make a heartbreaking decision – I see you.
To the mother saying yes to everyone but herself – I see you.
To the mother who feels she is not worthy – I see you.
To the mother who feels unheard and unappreciated – I see you.
To the mother who says “I can’t do this” – I see you.
To the mother dealing with her own diagnosis or illness – I see you.
To the mother suffering through an addiction of any kind – I see you.
To the mother getting disapproving stares from strangers in the shopping market – I see you.
To the mother who feels she is not recognized as a mother by society because she carries her baby in her heart rather than her arms – I see you.
To the mother who has experienced violence of any kind – I see you.
To the mother whose child has caused her hurt – I see you.
To the mother with a broken heart – I see you.
To the mother who feels alone – I see you.
Beautiful Mamas, wherever you are, whatever you are going through – I see you.
I see your resolve, your courage, your fear and heartache, your joys and sorrows. I am amazed at your ability to stand so tall and strong when you feel so weak and worn out. The reality of motherhood is kind of brutal. Its a wonderfully, horrible, beautiful, frightening adventure that once embarked on, never comes to an end. All us warrior mothers (in whatever shape or form that might be) around the world know what it is like to be a mother, and yet it amazes me that there are such things known as “Mummy Wars”. I mean seriously?! Why do so many of us tear each other down when we could be lifting each other up? We often get carried away with the need to be right over the opportunity to be kind. Let us put our comparisons and differences of opinions aside and reach out to each other in kindness instead. Mothers around the world are hurting badly. We need your heart-centered consciousness. We need and your light.
We are inviting all you courageous mothers (yes that means you!) to draw a heart on your hand as a symbol of love, peace, kindness, compassion, acceptance and understanding and make a salute to all the other mothers in this world who are giving all of themselves (and them some) to this experience we call motherhood. Whether you are nursing your babe in a hospital, whether your kids are all with you at home with you, whether you are a mama with empty arms missing your precious child or a grandmother loving on all her grandchildren, whatever kind of Mother Heart you have, we want to see you!
Over the last 8 years I have been connecting with thousands of women from all over the world and what can I say? Mothers – you are incredible and you amaze me and inspire me to keep on going. You rock my world! The tough things you go through, the fears, the traumas, the anxiety, the frustration and devastation, you are all so damn magnificent. Despite all of our uniqueness and differences, the one thing we all share in common is the profound love that we hold in their hearts for our children.
Franchesca Cox puts it so eloquently,
“A mother is not defined by the number of children you can see, but by the love she holds in her heart.”
As mothers, we come in many different shapes and forms and our diversity in motherhood is to be cherished and celebrated. The Mother Hearts Project for 2016 is a platform for women to stand tall in their motherhood magic. May our salute to our fellow warrior mothers be a blessing of love, recognition, kindness, acceptance and understanding. May we point each other out and say “I see you.”
Sisters, I stand with you. In all of my brokenness, fear and exhaustion, I am covered by love and in that love I reach out in hope to you, that you might join me in this movement of spreading love and acceptance to all mothers with real Mother Hearts. Empathy changes worlds. So reach out in empathy. We all have stories to tell. Stories of hope, stories of sadness, of fear, worry and miracles and we can all respond with love. Motherhood can be beautiful and messy and dark and scary, but we needn’t go it alone. Sometimes all a mother needs is to be seen and heard. In the lead up to International Bereaved Mother’s Day and the traditional Mother’s Day, let us come together and share our stories and take Mother’s Day back to its roots.
Welcome to the Mother Hearts “I See You” Project for 2016
HOW TO TAKE PART
Draw your own Mother Heart on the palm of you hand and take of a photo. Use your Mother Heart Salute photo as your profile picture on your favourite social media page so we can flood the internet with all our mother heart goodness! In the caption of your picture, reach out to all the Mother Hearts in your life. Especially those who might not feel recognised as mothers by society. Tell them that you see them (like I have done above) and show them that you care and that you are there for them. You may want to tag your friends with Mother Hearts so that they can join in too. Make sure you link back to this website so that people can find the project and remember to use the hashtags!
HASHTAG YOUR MOTHER HEART
We want to be able to find you so please use the hashtag #motherheartsalute and #motherheartsiseeyou on all your favourite social media websites. We will be looking at sharing your stories and Mother Heart salute photos (with your permission first of course) So please link back to us on our social media pages (below) if you would like to be featured.
OFFICIAL MOTHER HEART SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS
Stay up to date at my facebook page. Below are the official social media links for this project.
Please contact Kate at firstname.lastname@example.org and please use Mother Hearts Media Inquiry as the subject of your email.
I just want to thank you for being here to share the love. As a mother who has held her dead child in her arms, nursed another through 2 years of illness and has gone through multiple diagnosis’ for another child, I know what it is like to feel alone and overwhelmed and if we can help to prevent that feeling for other mothers, I will be so happy. You are all so beautifully brave and worthy of so much wonderfulness, please know that. You rock, seriously. Thank you, mamas. I see you and I salute you all.
Oh and P.S! Check out the Mother Heart “I See You” Diamond Printables on my facebook page by clicking on the purple heart below. More and more will be added over the coming weeks.