The past few days I’ve come across a ton of memes reminding dads that although the kids won’t be bringing home hand-crafted Mother’s Day gifts from school this year, Mother’s Day is STILL ON. And, since we’ve all been with the kiddos 24/7 for over six weeks now, I think we moms deserve to be super-spoiled this year! AMIRITE? Yes!

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After all, as the world around us has slowed down and in some cases just plain stopped, we moms are busier than ever. Cooking three meals a day, seven days a week. Supervising online learning while still working our regular jobs. Strategically planning grocery runs or pickups to avoid bringing coronavirus into our homes. Making our kids feel safe and secure in a world that is currently anything but.

And oh yeah—saving our fellow mankind by staying home. That’s . . . a lot of busy.

So when I saw this Teleflora Mother’s Day ad that perfectly encapsulates what mothering during a pandemic is, and what a mother’s love is worth to our children—I kind of lost it. It’s sooo good, mamas.

Watch it and give yourself a pat on the back. Or the opportunity for a big, cathartic cry:

The truth is, mothering during a pandemic is straight up HARD. We’ve never done this before, and we literally had like, 15 seconds to prepare! But the truth also is that we are ROCKING it. Moms, your lives have been turned upside down and flipped sideways a few times in the past six or seven weeks, but you’ve risen to the occasion. You’ve reached down, pulled up those big girl panties, and given every last bit of yourself to make sure your kids are physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy during this time. 

A year ago if someone told you this would be your life, you’d have laughed in their faces and said, “I could never do that!”

But look at you. You’re doing it.

Your children are thriving. When they are grown, they will look back and this time and remember all the new games you’ve made up. the fun movie nights, and the extra times you spent outside together. They’ll remember Zooming with Grandma and more desserts than usual. They won’t remember panic or fear, but love and security. 

And most of all, they will remember that you made every bit of that goodness happen for them.

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So happy Mother’s Day, mamas. It may look different this year, but I have no doubt that you’ll look back one day and see that it was beautiful. (And if it’s not, just remind your husband that you get TWO Mother’s Days next year!)

Jenny Rapson

Jenny Rapson is a follower of Christ, a wife and mom of three from Ohio and a freelance writer and editor. You can find her at her blog, Mommin' It Up, or follow her on Twitter.