Me? Extraordinary?

Yes … you.  You might not feel like it some days (if you’re like me, most days you aspire to “adequate”). But Extraordinary Moms are not extraordinary because of how they feel, but because who they are.

Not because of their giftings, but because of their calling.

Some women are Extraordinary Moms because they have chosen to invest themselves in the life of one or more children to whom they did not give birth. Some are full-time parents: adoptive and foster moms, stepmoms, godmothers, custodial grandparents …  And some are extraordinary because they are doing their best to be both mother and father to their children.

There are also women who are “extraordinary” in the sense that they come alongside the full-time parent: favorite aunties, teachers (whether they instruct in religion, academics, music, sports, Girl Scouts, or life).

Finally, there are women who are EMs because their children are extraordinary. Some have special medical, mental, or emotional challenges that require an extraordinary level of time and patience. And some are simply the full-time nurturers of very large families. All these women are, in their own way, extraordinary.

Do you know a truly Extraordinary Mom? I’d like to hear about her! Send me your story at hsaxton(at)christianword(dot)com. 

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About hsaxton

Heidi Hess Saxton is an adoptive parent of two children, and converted to Catholicism in 1994. She is adoptive parent columnist at and She also writes for the Parenting Channel at In her spare time, she is finishing up her Master's thesis at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit.

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