May 11, 2010

More Mother Tributes

by Terri Wagner

This is for all the moms who didn't get to be moms. A few years ago I took a cruise with several family members. One particular evening I was out on the deck, pretty much alone, waiting for the dinner bell. Those of you who have cruised know what I mean here. I saw a young couple meandering their way toward the formal dining area.

As I watched them go by, I thought of their future, their children, how young they were and frankly how much I envied them. I thought again of the children I had expected to have. Sometimes I even think of what would be their ages now if it had happened as planned. What would they be doing? Would I be a grandmother by now?

My co author just became a grandmother for the first time. I'm sharing her joy through facebook. But there is a pain there, an emptiness that nothing can feel.

When I was on the cruise, as the couple disappeared from view, the tears fell as I "missed" what I never experienced. Never had I imagined a life without children...never. Then came from my sweet kind understanding father in heaven...because you wanted them, it is as if you had them. You are a mother in the truest sense. Be not troubled my daughter.

While I may yet be under a curse for being picky about a husband (ha), at least I know that Heavenly Father knows that I wanted children, would have accepted them in my life and cared for them as best I could.

And yes oddly that gives my tremendous comfort.


  1. Terri, what an incredible experience! You expressed your feelings so beautifully. I have several close friends with whom I am going to share your post. I think it will bring them great comfort.Thank you.

  2. Beautiful message, beautifully written. Thank you for sharing such a sacred experience with me.

  3. Terri, you've touched my heart and made my tears flow. Someone I love dearly has never had children, either. She has made choices I don't like, but you have remained faithful, and I'm sure Heavenly Father will reward you for that faithfulness. Thank you for sharing your experience.

  4. Beautifully written. Thank you for sharing your feelings.


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