M O T H E R
“I see a woman determined to do the inner work necessary to heal from the betrayal of a religion she once would have died for. I see a woman consciously healing from the betrayal of a partner she thought would stand by her in good and bad times. I see a woman who was just beginning to realize the ultimate betrayal was to herself – being so wrapped up into the labels of wife and mother that she forgot who she was.
I see a woman willing to fight for safety, both for herself and her children, not knowing if that meant a new home 500 miles away in the familiarity of Arizona desert. I see a woman who was prepared to raise four kids on her own - shifting into a new co-parenting paradigm.
I see a woman who believed in magic. A woman who watched the 2017 solar eclipse in totality, with her children at her side, believing magic would come. And it did come. In the form of a good, gentle man with a kind heart and willing hands who physically built back the pieces of a broken, abandoned home.
I see a woman who worshiped Mt. Timpanogos from the view of her new kitchen, standing at the countertops she stained herself. It was a beacon of hope every golden hour watching the brilliant colors glow on the peak.
I see a woman who held and touched pain, who gave space to sorrow. I see a woman who was determined to rise above the valley of pain.
I see a woman who rose up from the ashes of what once was, transformed into a new radiant being. I see a woman who learned her value, self-worth, and identity are not determined by any religion, person, or labels. I see myself as whole. I see myself as good. I see myself as enough.
Now, it’s probably too long, but I wrote what I needed to.”- Vanessa Adams Kerr
Portraits of Mother by Ashley Thalman
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