Being a Mum comes from the heart not the womb…..

45Today I would like to share the Joy I have had in being Mrs Anne,  Aunty Anne, Grannie Annie and Anne to many Children of all ages over the years.

Tomorrow is Mothers Day in Aussie Land and I thought you might be blessed to hear about God’s gifts of Love to me through the Children He has brought into my life.

My first long time job was in an Orphanage as a Children’s Carer and after training I became  their Pre – School Teacher too.  I lived in for 4 years and cared for 27 girls all ages and also 7 boys under 5 but mostly I was with the girls.

These Children were from Dysfunctional homes and Child cruelty was very much a part of their lives, having experienced this  myself (see link below) I understood their pain, so in the years I looked after them, I  showed them much Love, compassion and  gentleness but I did discipline them with time out when needed. We had lots of fun and although young myself  I became their Mum and received many hugs and kisses and lots of  cards and little gifts they made  at School and in craft time,  they often gave them to me and not just on Special days.

Childhood –

There was one little  3 year old girl who had been so badly abused that she could not talk and often would wake up crying, many times I would either nurse her to sleep or let her sleep with me until she calmed down. One morning she woke me up and said Mummy I Love you, Wow her first words were for me, she had no doubt heard the older children tell me this, yes I cried with Joy and her words are very much imbedded in my heart.

I left the Orphanage with the encouragement of the Matron to further my Career and for a short time before I married I became a Governess, I Loved the Children I cared for especially the 1 year old little girl, we had many walks and as I wheeled her in the stroller I use to sing to her and she use to giggle with joy.

After I Married my life was very traumatic with much suffering, below is a Poem I wrote about my 7 Babies who died at Birth or during gestation, it was not my intention to write this Poem, I wanted to write a Mothers Day poem for all the caring Mums I knew but I wrote this one instead, it just flowed like my other Poetry at the time and with much of my writing since than.

Over the years I have had the joy of sharing the lives of some of my friends Children, Organizing and running Play groups , caring for children in Creches, teaching Sunday School  and with Ron being part of an Organization called Aunties and Uncles, for years we cared for Children from one Parent families, whose Mothers needed a break and the Children needed a Holiday.  I taught for many years Scripture and R.E  and have had Funday Schools in my home. I have also cared for mentally challenged Children, they are very special.

Yes God has filled my empty arms and has given me many Children to Love, which has brought me great Joy, He did indeed make this barren woman rejoice with Thankfulness.

Before I close I would just like to share just a few things that has happened recently and last year.  One of my friends in Sydney came to visit me and we went out for lunch,  because of events of last year I hadn’t received any cards from Children for Mothers day and I was feeling a bit sad about this  but as we were talking  a young girl who I didn’t know came over and gave me one she had been coloring in … why… Jesus knew my heart desire.

On Thursday Alissa who I have shared about with you visited me and brought me a beautiful card from the Children in her Nepal  Orphanage,  it was to Grannie Annie with a big heart on it and kisses, some of the Children said they Loved me and the others who couldn’t write English, just wrote  hugs and kisses but lots of them… God is so good!

Today one of the older girls that live in my street gave  me a Mothers day card and a bracelet she had made out of colored rubbers, after much pleading she let me open the card today,  she had written  in the card  …….

Dear Anne, Happy Mothers Day … Today I celebrate you and all the ways you’ve touched my life, even though your not my Mum your truly a nice person…

Wow what can I say but how very blessed I am.


Jesus 1Jesus Holds My Babies

I never held my Babies in a warm and Loving embrace or watched with
wonder the joy that brightened their face,

I never saw their smiles or held them in my arms or was I

ever enraptured by all their Childlike charms.

Although my dreams were many and I longed to hold them close the joy
of their Childhood I never was to know.

Part of me was taken the day they laid them to rest and yet in my heart
I knew it was for the best.

All the pain and anguish I had within my soul needed to be healed before
I could be whole.

They are my precious ones and will always be in my heart and
my Love for them will never ever depart.

Do I understand God’s purposes in this life I may never know
but I trust and believe His promise that with Him only
His Love will be shown.

For deep within my heart I know without a doubt that my Children
are in Heaven that’s what grace is all about.

God knew from the beginning that their life on earth was short,
He holds them in His arms and His joy they have
always known, calling them by name they are a part of
His eternal home for He knew them in His heart
right from the very start.

My Heavenly Father knows my pain and He listens to my cry and
with deep Compassion He wipes the tears from my eyes.

He fills my heart with wonder holding me close in His arms and nothing
can compare not the world and all it’s charms.

He understands my needs for He sees within my soul and so other
Children’s arms He gives to ease the pain and His Love
is not restrained as He makes me whole again.

Knowing Joy that only a mother’s Love can feel for the wonder
of His Children the Lord gives to help us heal.

We are God’s Children and are fully known sharing our happiness,
turmoil and pain but we no longer bear any shame,

As we walk together His way we have come to know putting our Trust
in Christ Jesus His Hope and Joy will show.

Often I wonder how it would have been if I had known my Children
as they fulfilled their dreams.

Did I need the Compassion that not sharing with them would bring,
does this thorn I have give Love within my heart for all of God’s Children
who are being torn apart.

This is something I may never understand but God holds me by
my hand giving His Joy that only His Love can impart
deep in my heart.

I will never hold the Children that I carried under my breast not until
in Heaven I reach my Eternal rest,

But God’s grace was shown and my life has been greatly blessed.

So thank you all for being a part of the wonder and Joy in my heart,

For even in the hard times when in pain I shed a tear I know that in Jesus arms He will take away my fear and by giving you His compassion and
His Love He draws me near.

Annie 9

About Freedomborn

My name is Anne although some call me Grannie Annie especially Children whom I share with in my Funday School . I live in Queensland Australia. I’m very much a People person believing we are all People of worth and unique, so I have much Joy in sharing with people personally and over the Internet. My main focus in life is my wonderful Friendship with Jesus Christ, without Him everything else would be meaningless, I have deep heartfelt thanks and appreciation that I'm a Spiritual Child of The King of Kings and I seek to share with others how truly wonderful that is with the hope they too will realize the same and be set free now.
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35 Responses to Being a Mum comes from the heart not the womb…..

  1. ANM7 says:

    Yes, I can see that, making you discernment in the life of the abandoned and destitute, was facilitated not just by the deprivation you were recipient of, but by the ingrained need of motherhood within. I have three daughters, never had a son, but I would tell folks, as an assistant to the School Principal (He practically had no contact with the kids), working with about 40 boys, when asked how come I had no boys as sons, I just pointed at the boys of IBC in Brooklyn NY.


  2. bjsscribbles says:

    Wonderful heartfelt post, I wish I was there when you wrote it..


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  4. isaiah41v10 says:

    This is a lovely post and thank you for the poem. I am blessed to have five children to hold here on earth, but have three babies in Heaven, and they are not forgotten. It is beautiful that you have given your mother love to many other children, especially those who have experienced abuse and broken homes.
    God bless,


    • Thank you Jo, you are such a Loving person, I often wonder why I have been so blessed to meet you and others who Blog, I’m so thankful for those who comment offering encouragement and Christian Love, even those who don’t realize they are but all good things come from God so I thank Him.

      As I look back I can see how it was God who led me into all the ways I cared for Children, He knew I would have empty arms and He filled them. I’m sure over the years I have had more hugs , kisses, Children’s little handmade gifts and words of Love from them than most Mothers would have had but perhaps I do not understand like you do and other Mums, the Joy of knowing that bundle of Love your nursing so tenderly is your own 100%.

      You may think this strange Jo but I love to watch Mothers and Fathers with their Children when they are showing them they are Loved both in words and actions, I even cry sometimes it touches my heart so much. I never weary of my friends sharing about their Children and I love to see their brag books and family Pics, I think I was born a Grannie Annie.

      Thanks again Jo – Christian Love – Anne


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  6. cjjustice1 says:

    Greetings, dear Annie. I’ve been away from WP for quite awhile. I want to wish you a happy mum’s day… for anytime, and any day. You are the epitome of what motherhood is all about. Truly you are the Prov. 31 woman, the wife, and the Mum mentioned. I agree with you that it is what comes from the heart, not the womb. I have two sons, … but I also became the Mom of some of my students …. esp. one who today calls me her Mom.
    Your writings bring glory to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and the poem that you wrote will continue to be an encouragement to many who will read it (not only now) in the future.
    HUGS, & love in Christ,


    • Thank you Carolyn for your beautiful words of encouragement, I thank God when someone touches my heart like you did with your warm and Loving words and also when others show they care by commenting, all good things come from Him so I accept them as coming from Him too.

      Jesus tells us what we do in kindness and in Love for others we are also doing to Him, so you have blessed Him greatly too Carolyn.

      Christian Love from both of us – Annie


  7. Mary says:

    Taking a break at work and just read your post – I had to share on my FB writer’s page.


    • Thank you Mary, it was very kind of you to want to share my remembrance of being a different type of Mum. Yes I would have Loved to hold my own babies and longed at times to do so and when my Sisters Children were having their children I felt sadness that I would never be a Grandmother either but than when I became a Senior, the Children who came into my life called me Grannie Annie….how sweet the sound, which no doubt you have heard often Mary, how very blessed you are, how very Blessed I am.

      Christian Love Always – Anne.


  8. You may care to visit AllAlongtheWatchtower , a theology blog in which I sometimes participate. Debate over issues by devout Catholics, hard line protestants. Folks fairly scholarly , out of England. Sometimes I also submit Bible themed cartoons. Happy Mother’s Day to all.


    • Sorry Carl, if it is the Jehovah Witnesses Watchtower that we have in Australia, I’m not interested, they are a Cult and are very deceived, their error is propagated by false teachers. But if not please explain what the Watchtower you are talking about focus is.

      Just so you know, I don’t argue Carl, I share God’s Truth and resolve differences caused through misunderstandings and when needed I also correct error when others have been deceived by Cult Teaching or are just confused. I do this by confirming God’s Truth in the Scriptures, if they do not accept God’s inspired word as their Authority, them I see no reason to continue, anything I could add in confirmation would be rejected too.

      Thank you for your kind wishes for Mothers day Carl, they are very much appreciated.

      Christian Love from both of us – Anne


  9. Dear Anne, this is one of the most precious posts I have ever read. The love of the Lord in a post.
    May He continually bless you with the promise of young ones/young at heart’s presence in your compassionate life. Happy Mother’s Day xxx


  10. Happy Mother’s Day Sister!


  11. Ron says:

    Thanks Anne for the stories of children responding to mothers love , for that’s what it is ,whether you have been a natural mother or not . Many women have never borne children as such , but have been a mother to children . Look at Mother Teresa as a good example of that .
    When Jesus was on the cross, just before He died , His thoughts were for his mother and her welfare. Jesus` thoughts are with all women who love and care for children.

    Happy Mothers day


    • Hi Love, thank you for your heartfelt encouragement, my greatest sadness in our Marriage was not being able to have a child with you, I felt I let you down and I tried so hard to make it up to you, thank you for never expressing your disappointment in a resentful way and for being so willing to Love and care for all the Children God brought into our lives, you truly have much Love in your heart.

      Christian Love now and Always and thank you – Anne.


      • secretangel says:

        Absolutely beautiful!! Brought tears to my eyes. The Love that you and Ron share and share with others is so evident in your writings. God’s Love for you two is also felt in the Spirit. You are exceedingly and abundantly blessed! Your quiver has filled by God in more ways than imaginable. You are both highly favored in God’s sight. May He continue to pour out His blessings upon you!


        • Your words of Love brought tears to my eyes secretangel yes I have great Love for Ron, he has engraved his name on my heart, we have experienced much Joy together but yes also heartache.

          God told me in my heart during my devotion time with Him one day, I don’t hear Him audibly like some people do but I do hear Him; and He said to live one day at a time and give to others all the Love I have to give on that day and He would give me more for the next day and not to look back and grieve the mistakes of myself and others, but to learn from them and rejoice in His deliverance and Mercy and so I do and His Love is wrapped in Truth and for this I also seek diligently.

          Thank you again secretangel God must have used the same devotion with you , it takes a person who Loves to recognize Love.

          Blessings – Anne


          • secretangel says:

            Well, I guess we will just keep bringing tears to each other’s eyes… LOL… That Love of Christ that we feel becomes part of us when it drops from “head knowledge” to “heart knowledge.” It becomes more than just words on a page… His Love will shine through us as we have both given our “hearts” to Him. I do look forward to the day that He will bring me a “Ron” to love and share my life with… but I wait patiently for Him. God bless you, my sister!


            • What amazes me secretangel is that regardless of what we have experienced in life no matter how bad it was, God will use it for good, No He did not want us to suffer and it grieved Him when we did, the same as when we sinned and reaped what we sowed but for every tear we have cried, He will fill the empty space with deep inner Joy.

              As we know we need to be content where ever we are and Trust God to move us in the right direction. One thing I have no doubt about secretangel, if you never Marry again, because you are faithful and seek God’s will, you will be used abundantly by Him to bring His Love and Hope to others and so the emptiness will be filled and you won’t feel something is missing but will rejoice in the privilege of serving our King, not just with part of your life but with all of it, when we are married we can’t do this as the Scriptures confirm and so it’s something that a lot of woman never experience, lets say it’s an added blessing for a few.

              Christian Love in Christ Jesus – Anne.


              • secretangel says:

                You are so right Anne. I have prayed for God’s perfect will for my life… not just the good or acceptable, but His perfect will. I just keep walking it out in obedience as He leads. I will not look to the left or to the right but walk forward with my eyes on Him and expected the unexpected as He brings it forth. Thanks for the words of wisdom and support. God bless you, my sweet sister!!


  12. eliveleth2013 says:

    Happy Mothers Day, Annie,
    Motherhood is truly a blessing from God and is not limited to the children we bear. We can be a blessing to all children because He has blessed us. May Jesus continue to bring children into your life, for you and for them!
    Love you,


    • Thank you dear Velta for the Love and warmth in your words and yes God has touched my life and heart with many of His Children and still does. I know at times I made mistakes but each child was special to me and so are the ones I’m in contact with now and I have some wonderful memories, which perhaps only a Mum would treasure.

      The thought of moving to a new place has been a issue for some time but I Love the Children in the Neighborhood, so it keeps being put off, most have Non- Christian Parents although a few have shown interest.

      Thank you again Velta for your Loving words (((HUGS))) xxxxx Love you too.


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