Happy Women's Day!

Forgive me, dear readers, for not continuing on with our adoption story this week. I promise to do so next Sunday, but I wanted to take this opportunity to write about a very special day.


You see, tomorrow is International Women's Day, a day in which many countries around the world pay homage to all the women in people's lives. Not just mothers, not just wives, but ALL women. In Kazakhstan, it is a major holiday in which businesses and government buildings shut down and women are festooned with flowers, gifts, and celebrations all day long.




Showing off my Women's Day presents while in Kaz

I had never heard of International Women's Day before arriving in Kazakhstan, but I was immediately taken by the idea and am a big proponent of implementing the holiday here in the U.S. 


For many women (me included), not having children is not a choice. So many of us have silently suffered through Mother's Day after Mother's Day when, despite our struggles, we have been unable to be mothers. So many of us have struggled through month after month of failed attempts and fertility treatments with so much hope and resolve, all the while wearing a smile in front of everyone around us while our hearts break after yet another disappointment. So many of us are waiting and waiting for that phone to ring with the news that, somewhere in the world, there is a child who will become ours.


There are women out there who are mothers in their hearts but whose circumstances have prevented them from realizing their dream. These women also deserve to be recognized.


Of course, for some women out there, not having children IS a choice, and just because they choose not to be mothers does not mean they should not be celebrated. As Ana Belaval so wisely said to me when I presented the idea of this entry to her:  "Someone should recognize our multi tasking abilities, our emotional strength and the fact that we get our periods every month and have to continue juggling all that life throws at us."


Whether you are a mother, a hopeful mother, an expectant mother, or choose to not be a mother at all, you deserve recognition. Tomorrow, if you could, take a moment to show your appreciation to all the women in your life.  A simple gesture, a word of kindness, could make all the difference in the world. Happy Women's Day...to all of us!



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  • Such a good concept....celebrating all women! Forgot about this...thanks for the reminder. :)

  • In reply to kathikubal:

    We should definitely start celebrating this holiday, Kathi! :-)

  • We have been reading your excellent articles. Congratulations for your ideas and for the clear way you use to communicate them.

    Beto / Amelia (from Brazil)

  • In reply to jberaldo:

    So glad you are enjoying reading the blog! It was great to hear from you!

  • In reply to jberaldo:

    Excelente manera de ver las cosas, hasta hoy que lei tu blog veo todo de otra perpectiva! Feliz dia a todas nosotras! Happy day to all of the women in the world!

  • In reply to camoll:

    Feliz dia de la mujer a ti tambien! :-)

  • In reply to camoll:

    Eso te lo dejo a ti, jajaja! Gracias por las felicitaciones!

  • In reply to camoll:

    Fabulous! Just fabulous! We need to celebrate this as they do in Kazakhstan! Wonderful! There is so much for us to learn from other cultures; there really is.

  • In reply to anitarudite:

    I agree, Anita! I have never seen women look so proud and happy as I did that Women's Day in Kaz. They were ALL simply glowing, everywhere you looked. It was amazing!

  • In reply to anitarudite:

    Beautiful idea! Beautifully expressed!

  • In reply to emmabradshaw:

    Thanks Emma! If any woman deserves to be celebrated every day (or at leat more than twice a year), it is you. I am so lucky to have you for a mother-in-law!

  • In reply to jberaldo:

    Felicidades en el dia de la Mujer. Tu articulo est

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