Mother’s Day is right around the corner! I love this day — not only because I have five beautiful kids and a great husband to spoil me, but because I can take time to reflect on the wonderful blessing of being a mom and also acknowledge and appreciate my own mother and the other mom figures in my life.

I feel like the best thing I ever did was to marry my sweetheart and have my kids. It hasn’t been easy though, and I often feel like being the kind of mom I want to be is a faraway destination. Through it all, I am so grateful for the wonderful support and love that my mom has given to my family and me. I once told her (a few years ago) that I needed her more now than I did when I was a kid! There have been so many periods in my adult life that I have depended on her — after the birth of each of my babies, moving houses, special days, sad days.

One time she was especially supportive was when we went through the stress of Kaitlyn’s diagnosis. My mom had moved out of state a year prior, and through a series of events, she moved back just weeks before the diagnosis. It was a miracle to have her there for emotional support and also to watch the other kids while Evan and I took Kaitlyn to the hospital and endless doctor visits. As we went through the “drinking through the fire hose” stage of caring for a child with type 1 diabetes, she was right there, over at my house, helping with meals, doing everything she could to help out. I don’t think I could have gotten through those times without her! There are so many examples, but the diagnosis story takes the cake for me. Through that and so many other examples, she has shown me what kind of mother I want to be.

Likewise, I’m forever grateful to my sister, mother-in-law and sisters-in-law who cared for my children and went out of their way to learn how to care for Kaitlyn’s medical needs. Each one of them has been such a wonderful mom-figure to my kids. Kaitlyn and my other daughters have some very special role models, for certain!

This is such a special day, and I will make it a point to let the mothers in my life know how much I appreciate and love them!


Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the “typical” experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring. Jen and Kim are real moms of kids with type 1 diabetes and have been compensated for their contributions to this site.

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