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I am grateful for being given the gift of motherhood.

Gratitude Day 365: (originally posted in the project on 12.29.16)

Today I am grateful to be a mom.

Although I’ve expressed gratitude for both of my kids way early on in the project, I have yet to express gratitude for being made a mother. It is the greatest gift that I’ve ever been given, so with only 2 days left in the year and the project coming to a close, it seems only appropriate to show my gratitude for this ultimate of all gifts for me.


I’ve always known that I wanted to be a mother. Someone asked me that recently…they asked if I always knew that I wanted to be one. I answered with a definite YES and even remembered having a girl name picked out for a daughter at an early age. (It was ‘Ashley,’ which was not popular at the time and I had fallen in love with after seeing “Gone with the Wind” as a kid.)

On February 21, 1996 I was granted this wish of being a mom when I gave birth to Riley. Then I was blessed once more on May 17, 1998 with the arrival of Jake. Our family was then complete and I loooooved every minute of raising them. We had so much fun and I sometimes forget that that stage of our lives is all over with and that they’re in college now. lol

Being able to raise these two precious people has been an honor and privilege. Those of you who are moms will relate to the fact that you just can’t describe what being a mom is like and the immense love you have for your children until you actually experience it. Your heart is never quite the same ever again. My cute little cousin is expecting her first child in a few weeks and I love seeing her glow with excitement. She doesn’t know what she’s in for…..and I mean that in the best way possible.

Love, love, LOVE.

I’m a blessed woman to have been granted these two miracles and even though I often miss the days where I’m getting them ice pops in the middle of the summer or snuggling with them when they have a fever, I’m so proud of the adults they’ve become. And that’s what the goal is, isn’t it?…..to raise them to be kind, productive, and happy adults.

And they are….and I’m so proud. A blessed woman, for sure.


Lauren has lived with lupus & fibromyalgia for 18 years & is the founder of the FB group, "Attitude of Gratitude with Chronic Pain (AoG.)" Also a recovering alcoholic, Lauren discovered the power of GRATITUDE during her recovery for that as well as in dealing with her chronic illness. In 2016 she embarked on her "Gratitude Project" by writing an essay on one new thing that she was grateful for every day on Facebook for the entire year. It was that project that sparked the website gratitudeaddict.com and she's currently writing a book called "Attitude of Gratitude with Chronic Pain" based on how living with the intention of gratitude has changed her life with chronic pain as well as the lives of the thousands of members of AoG. Lauren also sits on the Board of Trustees and is Social Media Coordinator for Chronic Pain Anonymous. #GetYourGratitudeOn