In addition to being a family law firm, we also have families. So often, our firm sees families in emotional turmoil due to legal battles with divorce, child support, and child custody. Mother's Day was a chance for all of us to connect back with our firm's roots: family. Each of us spent time with our mothers and/or our children and remembered why it is that we fight for the rights of our clients. Everyone deserves the family support and peace of mind that we all enjoy.
After Mother's Day, our law firm reflected on what we did and what "motherhood" means to us.
Q: What did you do for your mom [Sunday]?
Our paralegal Jamie Haddad shared her Mother's Day experiences and a little bit about her amazing mom:
"I took myself and my kids back home to New Castle where my mom lives. We went out to lunch and spent the day together playing with the kids and spending time with my step-grandmother. My Mother is my rock and we don't get to spend near enough quality time together. She is my biggest cheerleader and the best grandmother any kids could ask for."
Our attorney Amanda Glowacki added her simple (but sweet) Mother's Day festivities:
"I had a spa night with my mom last week, and my whole family went out to brunch on Sunday."
Michele Jackson, one of our of-counsel attorneys who concentrates her law practice in adoption, surrogacy, and international family law also described her Mother's Day activities:
"I went to dinner with my mom and sent her flowers. I also bought her a necklace at an auction that belonged to a lady who was homebound for the past 6 years and my mom visited her every week until she passed away. My mom was so happy to receive the gift because it reminds her of the love she shared with this lovely woman. I appreciate my mom because she demonstrates a heart for others. She continually finds ways to give of herself through her church, visiting with the elderly, and going on service trips to other countries to work on building projects. She watches my children and she even spent a month in Africa with my two boys before I was able to bring them home after their adoption."
Q: What did your kids do for you [Sunday]?
Jamie shared her Mother's Day surprises and the gift that touched her most of all:
"My son and his baseball team presented their mothers with a flower and a sweet little card before the start of their tournament games for the weekend. My daughter gave me a sweet painted clay pot with a flower that she made at preschool. When I woke up Sunday morning both kids remembered to tell me 'Happy Mother's Day', with no prompts from anyone. That was the most special gift of all."
Q: What does "being a mom" mean to you?
This question could take an entire doctoral dissertation to fully answer but Jamie did her best to explain her feelings on motherhood:
"Being a Mom means so many things to me. It is my purpose, they are my heart and my soul. There are no limits to what I will do for my children. As a Mother I am their caregiver, their guidance, their protector, their teacher, their emotional punching bag if they need to release frustrations, fears or sadness. I am their disciplinarian when need be. I am their shoulder to cry on and their pillow and blanket. I am their biggest fan and once they are grown I hope I am still all of those things but in the end when they are grown, I want to be their oldest and dearest friend."
Attorney Michele Jackson (Super-Mom by night) simply responded with several quotes that beautifully capture what every mom who adopts wants to convey to her children:
"A child born to another woman calls me mommy. The magnitude of that tragedy and the depth of that privilege are not lost on me." - Jody Landers
"Not flesh of my flesh, Nor bone of my bone, But still miraculously my own. Never forget for a single minute, You didn't grow under my heart - but in it." - Fleur Conkling Heylinger
We hope you enjoyed your Mother's Day and remember to enjoy the little things when you are surrounded by brokenness.
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The attorneys of Harden Jackson Law are devoted to servicing clients throughout the Indianapolis area and the state of Indiana in all areas family law, including divorce, custody, child support, property division, paternity, post-divorce modifications, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, simple wills, adoption, surrogacy and other areas of assisted reproductive technology law. For more information, please contact us at 317.569.0770 or www.hardenjacksonlaw.com.
Remember, these blog posts are not meant to be legal advice. You should consult a family law attorney to discuss the specifics of your situation.