If I have no child to hold, to rock to sleep, to read to, to tickle and cuddle with, to teach how to ride a bike or do addition – am I still a mom?
We decided yes. I am a mom. And I will remain one. I will be the mother of all my children, whether they live or die. Malia is our daughter. And she will be recognized as so every day for the rest of our lives.
Our culture in the United States values able-bodied, able-brained, and living children more than other children. But, we believe that God defines humanity in a different way. We believe that he creates a child from day 1 of conception. Their life actually begins on that day. Psalm 139:13 says “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” And even though it might be awkward for others to hear how many children I have, when they count heads in the back of my station wagon someday, they will learn as I did, moms are moms–from the moment her baby is growing in the womb, a mom will be a mom for the rest of her life, even if she outlives her children.