Thoughts on An open letter to pastors {A non-mom speaks about Mother’s Day}

An open letter to pastors {A non-mom speaks about Mother’s Day}.

As a woman who struggled with infertility for years before having my son, I remember the pain all too well.  Going to church on Mother’s Day, surrounded by mothers and their quiver full of smiling children, aching to be one who was invited to stand and have the congregation acknowledge my tireless efforts.  I tried to make it about other people, recognizing my mother and all the other amazing women in my life.  My longing to have a child made each Mother’s Day unbearable.

I’m hardly alone in this.  Amy reminds us in her open letter to pastors that we can and should acknowledge mothers without alienating others.  That woman who sits while the “real mothers” stand has prayed for you, cried with you, served and praised with you.  Let us not forget to celebrate her.

“To those who gave birth this year to their first child—we celebrate with you

To those who lost a child this year – we mourn with you

To those who are in the trenches with little ones every day and wear the badge of food stains – we appreciate you

To those who experienced loss this year through miscarriage, failed adoptions, or running away—we mourn with you

To those who walk the hard path of infertility, fraught with pokes, prods, tears, and disappointment – we walk with you. Forgive us when we say foolish things. We don’t mean to make this harder than it is.

To those who are foster moms, mentor moms, and spiritual moms – we need you

To those who have warm and close relationships with your children – we celebrate with you

To those who have disappointment, heart ache, and distance with your children – we sit with you

To those who lost their mothers this year – we grieve with you

To those who experienced abuse at the hands of your own mother – we acknowledge your experience

To those who lived through driving tests, medical tests, and the overall testing of motherhood – we are better for having you in our midst

To those who will have emptier nests in the upcoming year – we grieve and rejoice with you

And to those who are pregnant with new life, both expected and surprising –we anticipate with you

This Mother’s Day, we walk with you. Mothering is not for the faint of heart and we have real warriors in our midst. We remember you.”

Jennifer

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Onion Asparagus Frittata

How did I not know how easy it is to throw together a frittata?  I was given some asparagus so thought quiche, but didn’t want to deal with a crust or the added calories.  I’ve only tasted a frittata once when a woman brought one to Bible study like 10 years ago.  Eggs are some very cheap protein so it seemed like the perfect solution.

I based my recipe on this one.  I didn’t have a whole pound of asparagus, but I’ll definitely use more next time.  I’ve always got Cheddar on hand, hence the substitution.  I was also given like 5 lbs of onions, so I increased the amount of onion and gave it top billing.

Here’s my revised recipe.

Onion Asparagus Frittata

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound asparagus, tough ends snapped off, spears cut diagonally into 1-inch lengths
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese
Heat oil in an ovenproof skillet over medium high heat.  Add onions and salt and cook about 3 minutes until onions are softened.  Add asparagus, reduce heat.  I cooked it uncovered, but the original recipe says to cover and cook for 6-8 minutes.  Add the eggs and cook about 2 minutes.  In the meantime, preheat the broiler.
Sprinkle cheese on top and broil 3-4 minutes until cheese is melted and browned.

Add a glass of orange juice and a dollop of Greek yogurt and I’ve got myself a tasty treat for tomorrow’s tea party.  Until then, don’t bother me.  I’m eating.

 

Jennifer