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Today we celebrate all the incredible mother's on this earth who have raised us (past, present, and future). Today I celebrate being 21 weeks pregnant and caring for something more then I have ever cared for something that hasn't even entered our physical world yet. I celebrate each of you for the love you provide your children and yourself as mother's. ⠀ ⠀ The moment you find out you are pregnant you become a mother. Not in the same sense as when your child enters the world, but in the sense that your life changes forever and that you love something more than you ever could imagine. That you treat your body like a temple as it houses now your child that is your responsibility to provide the nutrients, love, and care to develop into a little human ready to take on this world. ⠀ Being a survivor of rape, pregnancy has almost been like a rebirth for myself. It is like one gets an opportunity to start new. Not that everything in the past has magically been erased, but that somehow every painful experiencing leading up to this moment somehow has a bigger meaning that is beyond you. Life is not predictable or controllable and all we can do is try and navigate the best we can through the ups and downs and twists and turns. Without each of the experiences in my life I would not be where I am today or the person I have become. I could have done without some of my experiences, but now that I am going to be a mother apart of me realizes maybe I can use them to teach and influence my son or daughter to be a better man or woman for humanity. We all play apart in this universe no matter how small we are. Our presence, voices, and sprits may not change the course of the entire world, but we can change the course of one or many. I know my biological mother changed the course of my life when she gave me up for adoption and my mother today changed the course of my life when she adopted me and loved me as if I were her own. I am grateful to my mother today who loved me before she even met me, protected me, gave me opportunities, challenged me, accepted me, and above all loves me unconditionally. Today is for you Hilda Wiebe xo⠀ ⠀ Photo: Duvet Days⠀

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