It’s Going to Be a Different Kind of Mother’s Day

by May 10, 2023Encouragement, Special Needs Parenting, Spiritual Support0 comments

With her mother ailing, Jolene knows it's going to be a different kind of Mother's Day—one like when her son was small and fragile.

It’s going to be a different kind of Mother’s Day for you this year.

God whispered those words to me as I waddled into the doctor’s office in early May of 1982. Never mind that my husband and I wouldn’t see our first child until May 23. My husband and I had felt our baby’s kicks for months. God’s whisper assured me that I was already a mother.

What I didn’t realize when God spoke to me was that He was preparing me for what only He knew was coming. Our baby would be born with a serious birth condition. It would make every Mother’s Day for several more years very different from what I expected.

Some would be spent in the hospital with our medically fragile baby.

Some would be spent debating whether or not we should rush him to the hospital.

Some would be spent rejoicing that our miracle baby had become a healthy adult.

All would be spent realizing that had our boy been born in a different day and age, we would have had him with us for only a few days.

As the second Sunday in May approaches this year, I hear God whispering to me once again.

It’s going to be a different kind of Mother’s Day for you this year, Jolene.

This time, God’s not referring to our son. He’s doing well. This time God is talking about my mother.

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By Jolene

Jolene Philo is the author of several books for the caregiving community. She speaks at parenting and special needs conferences around the country. Sharing Love Abundantly With Special Needs Families: The 5 Love Languages® for Parents Raising Children with Disabilities, which she co-authored with Dr. Gary Chapman, was released in August of 2019 and is available at local bookstores, their bookstore website, and Amazon. See Jane Sing!, the second book in the West River cozy mystery series, which features characters affected by disability, was released in November of 2022.


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Jolene Philo is a published author, speaker, wife, and mother of a son with special needs.



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