The story of one mother's celebratory yet bruised heart

 
Almost six months ago, God gave me the greatest gift I've ever received besides salvation and an amazing husband: a son. Sheridan Steele Colter, born at 8 pounds and half an ounce after 30 hours of labor, is truly an answer to innumerable prayers. He is "my sunshine," and I'm continually in awe of the miracle of his life each time I whisper my love in his ear, stroke his strawberry-blonde hair and tickle his tiny toes. I've wanted to be a ...

Honoring the value of the life led by our stay-at-home mom

 
Almost every day of our childhood, we would pull down my grandmother's long driveway and go in for a quick visit. We, two sisters, would sit together on the narrow piano bench and peck at the black and white keys in my grandmother's living room while Mother moved through the house—setting out pills, fixing her mother's hair, asking questions and washing clothes. It was our weekday routine, completed with a glass of chocolate milk in her wood-paneled kitchen. ...

Florida mothers reflect on the importance of their calling

 
Over the years, many researchers, pundits and pseudo-philosophers have tried to attach a monetary value to the role mothers play in our society. One published estimate put a mother’s worth at $65,283.81, based on 40-hour work weeks and factoring in her roles as a chauffeur, cook, nurse, homework helper, accountant, etc. Others have placed a mother’s monetary value at $113,586 (Business Insider), $150,000 (The Independent), and $118,905 (Salary.com). Knowing that the role of mothers cannot simply be equated to ...