Smiling mother dressed in white hugging her daughter on a bed with white sheets and teal headboard

Each year on the second Sunday in May, children of all ages celebrate the mothers that shape their lives.

Whether a biological or adoptive mom, each woman is unique and deserves recognition for the hours she’s devoted to her kids—from reading bedtime stories, making lunches and buying cool school supplies in the early years to offering emotional and financial support as her children grew older.

In other words? She’s one special lady.

Even if you aren’t the best at showing your appreciation for much of the year, use Mother’s Day as a reminder to say what’s in your heart. And if you’re at a loss for words, let this heartfelt Mother’s Day poem be your guide:

An Ode to Mom

From the moment we met
A bond was made.
You held me in your arms
A loving embrace and a tender smile.
From that moment on
You were always known as Mom.
From my first steps to my first word
You were there for it all.
I remember you reading stories
Telling me tales both big and small.
You raised me to be respectful
Teaching me right from wrong.
Pushing me to reach higher
And taught me to stand tall.
Through all the challenging obstacles
You were there to support and encourage.
You’ve watched me grow up
And become who I am today.
I’ll always hold on to the memories we’ve made
And look forward to the ones to come.
On this Mother’s Day, I say thank you
This goes out to all the mothers.
For being with us through thick and thin
Just like my mom.
Never replaceable, always dependable
You’re one in a million!

Want ideas for how to integrate this poem into your Mother’s Day celebrations?

  • Copy into a homemade card.
  • Download a printable version of the poem, print it and add the page to her “breakfast in bed” tray.
  • Email the downloaded version.
  • Recite it at dinner (or teach it to your kids to recite to their mom or grandma).
  • Use the lines as inspiration when writing your own Mother’s Day message.

And if you’re looking for thoughtful presents to spoil mom, check out this round-up of unforgettable Mother’s Day gifts that will help her relax, nurture her body and soul, and let her know she’s appreciated by the most important people in her life.

Mother's Day Gift Ideas