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Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8, a day set aside to celebrate and honor motherhood and its influence on society.

It is not a federal holiday. Organizations, businesses and stores are open or closed, just as they are any other Sunday of the year.

Times have changed and mothers are not just remembered in memorial, but more often as a thank you rewarding them with gifts and celebration. Sentiments are shared in story and poem and of course as a result it becomes one of the most influencial or financially profitable events for businesses.

Many people plan to visit or spend the day with their mothers. Some will prepare a special meal at home, or take them out to eat at a restaurant. While others will organize a special outing for their entire family. Many children will spend a great deal of time trying to find that perfect card, while younger children will make homemade cards, which will also be treasured long after the day is over.

Many will give flowers, candy, jewelry, clothing, books, or special treats.

Though the first proclamation of Mother’s Day has not been officially determined, Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jarvis were important in starting the tradition in the United States.  Jarvis created a committee to establish Mother’s Friendship Day in 1868. Later Ward Howe initiated a proclamation asking women everywhere to join together for world peace in 1870. And then in 1907 Jarvis held a private Mother’s Day memorial for her mother.

Others say Juliet Calhoun Blakely initiated Mother’s Day in Michigan in the late 1880s.

Mother’s Day became nationally recognized in 1914 when President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation.

“Motherhood” states Erma Bombeck, “is the second oldest profession” so it would seem that the mothers how-to manual should be completed by now. But all mothers are different in how they care for their families.

Being a mother, as far as I can tell, is a constantly evolving process of adapting to the needs of one’s child while also changing and growing as a person in our own right.

Motherhood is indeed a divine calling. Mothers come in all shapes and sizes, but God stamps “original” on each of our lives. Our needs vary. Sometimes we don’t even know what they are. Overstressed and in need of rest, we search for quiet places to restore and regroup. Yet feeling isolated and alone, we crave understanding and companionship – other moms, friends and family members who will share our load and celebrate our joys.

And though we are unique individuals, every mother needs – and wants – encouragement and deeper, more meaningful relationships with her children, family, God and others.

Motherhood brings us so much joy, but it can also bring exhaustion and sorrow too. Nothing else will ever make you as happy or as sad, as proud or as tired, for nothing is quite as hard as helping a person develop his or her own individuality.

"A mother’s love is like a circle; it has no beginning and no ending. It keeps going around and around, always expanding touching everyone who comes in contact with it." — Art Urban

And we can’t forget Abraham Lincolns’ words: "All that I am or hope to be I owe to my mother."

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Birthdays and anniversaries:

• Thursday, May 5th: Mckenzie Lynn Jensen, her 15th; Alexis Janning, his 15th; Jeff Draayer, Shirley Jensen, Melody Krenke, Ron Langlie, Ryan Larson, Shirley Swearingen, Amber Obermoller, Dennis Sauke, Martin Whelan, John & Lucille Nechanicky, Tim & Jolene Sorenson, Kevin & Annie Avery

• Friday, May 6th: Amelia Elizabeth Peterson, 2011; Caleb Scott Harpel, his 16th; Brad Borchert, Tracy Haddy, Cheryl Nelson, Iris Jensen, Brandon Wallace, Bill Vavra, Tim Wilker, Jennifer & Michael Vetsch, their 16th, Bill & Judith Hatch, Everett & Marian Camp

• Saturday, May 7th: Brody Hanson, Brian Jensen, John Snyder, Nancy Swearingen Grant, Brian Johnson, Heidi & Jason Owen, their 11th, Bryan & Diane Brighton, Heidi (Crabtree) & Jason Owen, their 11th

• Sunday, May 8th: Grace Carol Jean Riskedahl, her 3rd; Olivia Kay Smith, her 9th; Kristina Follien, Marguerite Christensen Nelson, Ronald Wangsness, Elizabeth Bremer, Sandy Neubauer

• Monday, May 9th: Elli Pearl Baker, Aidan Jeffrey Schlaak, his 11th; John Jensen, Sue Pence, Jake Simmons, Julie Haroldson, Sue Hohansee, Audrey Horan, Karol Carroll, Nijole Aaseth, Rachelle Doran, Carolyn Greer, Karla Kelly, Jerry Westrum, Jill (Ottesen) & Cam Kehne

• Tuesday, May 10th: Tari (Walterman) Erickson, Ryan Callahan, Tina Nelson, Steve Nielsen, Christine Ingvaldson, Dave Oeljenbrun, Mary Wilker, Brody Johnson, Rande & Jamie Nelson

• Wednesday, May 11th: Michaela Ann Hanielton, Jaxon Edward Beavens and Parker Reese Beavens, their 10th; Carol Cromwell Cox, Ed Haberman, Krista Hanson, Troy Janka, Daniel Robertson, Robert Vaith, Loretta Schewe, Scott & Shannon Pacholl

• Thursday, May 12th: Richie Robinson, Dorothy Jensen, Larry & Jean Klocek

Here's hoping that your special day brings you laughter, a light heart and much love.


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