10 May 2010

iheartfaces – Week # 19 : Celebrating Mothers



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There are many mothers who have had to leave behind their own children in the care of relatives, to go overseas to help take care of another family’s children. To earn money so that their own children will have a better future.

These ladies sacrifice so much. Not only are they living in a country not their own, dealing with a culture that is different from theirs, but they are caring and helping to raise other people’s children, while separated from their own loved ones. Knowing that what they do will eventually help better the lives of their own family back home.

Many of these domestic helpers/nannies look after the children as if they were their own. Quite often, these women are almost like second mothers; they are the ones who cook the food and feed the children, change their clothes, give them baths, play with them. Things a mother would generally do.

Nannies are like heroes, for the difference that they make...
For investing more than hours, for giving more than they take.
~CareerNanny

So for this week’s theme, I am focusing on these very special “mothers,” who help make other mothers’ jobs a little bit easier, who help look after other people’s children with much love, while very much missing their own.

Check out other photos celebrating mothers in iheartfaces.

39 COMMENTS:

Organic Motherhood with Cool Whip said...

Great topic and great post. It must be really hard to be so far from home, taking care of other families in order to also care for your own. Happy mother's day to all the mommies out there, esp. you!!! XOXOX

Ash said...

oh i got emotional! i love ash's special mother! ;)

Alicia said...

Wow, that is such a huge sacrifice!!! Makes me sad too!

Wendy Mayo said...

Great pic and touching story. Thanks!

Karyn Kuniyuki said...

Wonderful post! I was a nanny before I was a Mommy, I cant agree with your words more!

Katherine said...

What a beautiful story :) Thank-you for sharing.

K xx :)

MrsW said...

This is a heart breaking story of economic colonialism - thank you for sharing - I really hadn't thought about nannies in these terms and it makes me so sad and angry that such a vast inequality in the opportunities we women have to mother our children exists.

lifebythecreek said...

Wow... so far I'm finding deep thoughts along with beautiful pictures. Thank you for opening my eyes to something I truly never saw or thought about.

Lindy said...

The word Mom can apply to so many people, it's beautiful.

Marvett Smith said...

Great image, and your words are wonderful. What amazing women they are.

Life with Kaishon said...

Oh : ( This made me feel so sad. How difficult that must be. It breaks my heart for them. Love this picture.

Leanna said...

Wonderful story and so very true. Lovely capture of these two.

Shelle said...

I can't imagine how hard it must be to leave your own children to take care of another. But I know they love the children they work with and this lovely picture is proof.

Vanessa @ SoDarnHappy said...

aww what a beautiful story. That takes so much love and dedication. Thank God for these beautiful women.

Amanda Rooney said...

Wow!! You really make me stop and think about motherhood from a different angle this morning. Thank you for sharing. And for the gentle reminder that I need to pray without ceasing, even for those women I do not know.

Evette Mendisabal said...

Such a lovely tribute, and how right you are!!

blueviolet said...

That is just perfect! They do a terrific thing for children, don't they?

Lolli said...

That is such a sweet sentiment and a sweet picture!

RM @ LMMP said...

Such an inspiring post. And a lovely photo!

Becca said...

What a beautiful post and great picture!! I love it :-)

Bunch of Barrons said...

Great post...so true that we can't do it alone! :) Happy mother's day!

Nezzy said...

Wow, what a different loop on motherhood. These moms sacrifice so much to take care of their own. The picture is amazing.

Thanks and have yourself a terrific day sweetie!!!

Serline said...

Thanks for the great tribute to these oft unsung heroes. We sometimes come across nanny-from-hell stories and maid abuse cases, but how often do we pause to look more closely, and see the ones who leave their loved ones behind to care for ours? To give us that peace of mind, while they long for and can only dream about their own?

Genny said...

Very special mothers indeed!

golonghorns said...

Wow, what a great post! I saw many Nannies in Canada and there are some here too and it is true they are awesome 2nd Mothers. To f/u on your question about baby #3 due any day now, it will be a surprise... I don't know the gender and don't have a good guess so with 1 week to due date I'm anxious to meet him/her. I also did some sewing and posted about it, hop over and check it out when you can!

Jen said...

I had a nanny for a little while. I loved her. It's a shame these women can't bring their own children with them.

LPC said...

So true.

Veronica Lee said...

My former helper treated my boys like her own and when she eventually went back to her family after 5 years, we all missed her terribly. She was like my sister.

I certainly couldn't have done it alone.

Brooke said...

Beautiful picture, and what a great way to honor the other "mothers" out there.

Pink Shoes Photography said...

beautiful and very touching

Kimber said...

What an awesome idea. Great post.

Elyssa said...

Such a beautiful photo. LOVE this ALOT :)

RoseBelle said...

Nannies are pretty uncommon where I live. I only saw a nanny once at a restaurant. She was running around with this rambunctious little kid while the couple dined as if they were clueless with what was going on. This is truly a great tribute to the "second moms" out there.

May said...

Great post Buckeroomama!! It is so true that we tend to forget the role of nannies and their families!! Back home in India we have women from the village, come to big cities to be a nanny, leaving their young ones behind. Such posts are an eye opener for all of us, to pause and remember that these ladies are sacrificing a lot for the betterment of their families.

fiddlehead said...

Beautifully said....and what a beautiful shot!

Marice said...

such a sweet post :)

u may view mine here

Herb of Grace said...

sweet post... it brought tears to my eyes :)

Sharon said...

touching

Jan said...

Well said!! Wishing you a very Happy Mother's Day!

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