More Than A Mom

I love these people. They were so patient and sweet to take this photo with me for the “More Than A Mom” instagram series hosted by Fashion & Compassion. Once we finished outside, I knew I needed to write my post for my instagram page, so I asked Andrew, my 19-year-old baby boy on the left, what makes a mother “more than a mom”? Here’s what Andrew told me:

“A mom is the heart of her home. She creates a place where her kids feel like they belong; a place where they feel always accepted, loved and wanted. A place where they can be goofy and not be judged.”

I smiled for days, knowing this was the same son who told me he who couldn’t wait to move out, live on his own and go to college in a different state last fall. 

Whether we are mamas of little’s and big’s, or moms of a ministry we birthed, or kids and adults we didn’t birth but shaped through our prayers and love — our worth is beyond measure! Our role is beyond description. And what we do every day matters – so much more than we may ever know!

We are a safe place to come home to and a soft place to land when life knocks our loved ones down. We are the cheerleader they need and the coach they avoid. We are the one they want when they’re sick and when they feel lost.

We are heart-shapers, dream-encouragers, purpose-instillers, boundary-setters, prayer-warriors and memory-makers. 

And have you ever noticed MOM upside down spells WOW? (see Aster’s sign) It’s no wonder. I’ve said WOW more in the past 22 years than ever. WOW, I never knew I could love someone this much. WOW, no one told me how hard this would be. WOW, how did I get to be their moms? WOW, I have no idea what I’m doing! WOW, they’re so cute. WOW, this is overwhelming. WOW I love being a mom!

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Happy Mothers Day “month” to all you amazing moms – of children and adults, of ministries, of communities, of lives you may not have birthed but you’ve forever shaped with your love and prayers! WOW, you are amazing!

About Renee

Renee Swope is a Word-lover, story-teller, heart-encourager and grace-needer. She's also a wife, mom, friend, daughter and author of A Confident Heart, a Retailers Choice Award winning book that became a best-seller and has been published in six languages, with over 150,000 copies sold. Renee is speaks around the country at women's events and and serves on the writing team for DaySpring’s inCourage blog. For twenty years, Renee served in leadership at Proverbs 31 Ministries and as former co-host of the ministry's radio program, “Everyday Life with Lysa & Renee.


  1. Happy Mother’s Day Renee!!! WOW!! 🙂

  2. Abby Girl says:

    Happy Mother’s Day Renee! … from BC, Canada!

    Thanking you for adding the video. Love it and Love the work they are doing. WOW! is right.
    I will be looking them up.

    Thank you for sharing about your children/adults. I have a friend who is an amazing adoptive Mother and foster Mother. One of the Special Ones. Apparently even foster children will at some point have a melt down and MOM is to blame for everything in their life. The next night it is “MOM can you help me … you’re the best”.

    Lord,Thank you for the Mothers!

    • Thank you for your sweet note Abby! Being a mom is such a beautiful blessing and humbling assignment, and being adoptive or foster mom is an added heart-stretching, life-changing and sometime very challenging calling. But these kids of ours are so worth it. They need so much love to heal their loss. Kudos to your friend! And much love to you!

  3. Happy Moyhers Day Renee! WOW, You have a beautiful family!

  4. Wow! Thanks for sharing your thoughts/truths with us, and sharing that video. Praise God for you and for that ministry. May God continue to bless you all richly! Happy Mothers’ Day!

  5. Hi! Renee,
    Wow what a wonderful video. Thank you for sharing! ‘ Happy Mothers Day!
    You have a wonderful minstry! May God continue to bless your minstry!

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