Being a mother is a difficult title to take on for many woman.

However, in many cases, being a mother is the most rewarding experience.

I posted a quote on my Facebook page that read: Motherhood is part joy and part guerilla warfare. One listener responded with, "And my son's room is the battlefield!" Another listener wrote, "Raising teenagers is like trying to nail Jell-O to a tree." And many more listeners, who had a lot of funny quips on hand, also agreed they wouldn't trade it for the world.

I have 13 kids, one who lives in heaven. I have older kids who have given me grandkids, all the way down to a preschool-aged daughter who is younger than several of my grandkids. It is a busy, love-filled, sometimes dizzying, sometimes guerilla warfare-type life I lead. But it is so rewarding and I can't even imagine going back to what my life was like before I was a mother. It's as if I didn't really know 'true love' before I had children. My own mother, Wilma Dean, taught me to love fiercely, but it's my children who have instilled in me a love unconditional.

If you have a mom, grandmother, mentor, mother-figure, aunt, sister, wife, best friend...someone who loves fiercely, and should probably be knighted for all the home-front battles she's endured, now is the time to thank her!

How do YOU thank your mother throughout the year? Share by commenting below!

Rachel Specht contributed to this post