If you were asked to write a message in a bottle that would leave lasting impact on your children, what would your write? What message of love, leadership or legacy lives inside of you that needs to be imparted on your most loved ones?
That’s exactly the challenge that international speaker Tyler Hayden laid out for his second book in the Message in a Bottle Book series (www.messageinabottlebook.com). Mother’s Message in a Bottle compiled some of the most beautiful loving letters for life. What is even more awesome is he left a space in the front of the book to encourage other moms like you and I to include ours.
Mom’s are amazing. And this compilation proves to be a wonderful gift to give or receive. Check out some of the beautiful insight shared:
Lee Ann Thieman, “My Son”
This amazing Mom brought home her son Mitch, along with 100’s of other babies displaced during the Vietnam War as part of Operation Baby Lift. Her message was about how Mitch chose her, seemingly part of a more divine plan.
She wrote, “I opened the door and entered a room filled with one hundred babies. Babies on blankets and mats. Babies in boxes and baskets bassinets and cribs.
How would I ever choose?
But there you were ... wearing only a diaper, with your round tummy bulging over its rim. I watched as you pulled yourself up to stand beside a wooden crib and tugged the toes of the baby sleeping inside. Then you looked at me, dropped to your hands and knees and began crawling to me. We met halfway across the room and I picked you up. You looked at me and smiled brightly, showing off your chubby cheeks and deep pimples. As I hugged you, you nestled your head into my shoulder.
‘Maybe you’ll be our son,’ I whispered.”
Charity Sampson, “Badge of Courage”
RCMP officer was diagnosed with Cancer when her daughter was only seven. She passes on the lessons she would want her brave and brilliant daughter to know, while she engaged in the battle for her life.
“I never thought that the biggest lessons we would both get would come from cancer, but they have. You will grow to the woman you choose, but I hope that when you think about the type of mother you saw every day, she is one you would be proud to be like. I hope I danced enough in the kitchen for you to know that you have to cut loose and have fun even when you feel like crying. I hope you heard me yell at enough rude drivers to know not to let people treat you poorly, in a car or not. I hope you saw me cry one minute but then saw me wipe my tears the next when you walked in the room and I asked you about your day, for it showed you that I have vulnerability but also fortitude. I hope you saw that it didn’t embarrass me wen people stared at the large scar across my neck and I was proud of it because it was another badge I’d earned, this time with courage.”
Gina Schreck, The Cord of a Legacy
A social media expert who’s boundless energy and spirit is the spark for her children’s boundless possibilities.
“I grew up not really knowing the love of a mother or father. I was raised by a struggling, single teenaged mother who was trying to find love herself. It’s hard to be intention about leaving a positive legacy to our children when you are in survival mode, but you leave a legacy regardless.
Good, bad and ugly we pass on to our children an emotional, relational, and spiritual legacy. It can be beautifully braided cord of the three that ties us to our history and pulls us toward a wonderful future or a tattered rope that we can barely hold onto....
I hope that I have nurtured in each of you the seed of encouragement that gives you the confidence to reach for big dreams and bold adventures. Don’t settle for mediocrity. Run from it. Fight it with every fiber of your being. Climb a little higher than you thought you could and don’t let dreams go unexplored. There is so much more of life to live the most people realize. I’m cheering for you.”