I've always enjoyed acknowledging what an amazing woman my mother is to us, especially on Mother's Day.
And as I celebrate my first Mother's Day, with my own little girl, kicking me non stop from inside of me, I can't help but reflect on the many things that my own mom did for me and my two sisters all our lives.
I remember being a little girl and mom was always the source of comfort that I wanted...there was nothing like climbing in by mom in my parents' big bed and snuggling beside her, tucked under her arm as she read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe or some other intriguing chapter book to us.
I will always cherish how she provided a family dinner for our family, but made sure that we were all together before anyone ate...she gave us an atmosphere of closeness by providing amazing meals that we'd eat over conversation and laughing.
I remember waking up early in the morning, when it was still dark out, and seeing mom with her pink Bible, spending time with her Savior; sometimes, her eyes were closed and she was praying for us...or other times she'd see me looking and then scratch my back or move my hair back; and I'd snuggle up next to her and fall asleep again.
My mom sacrificed working outside the home to be home with us and homeschooling us...I believe that's one of the main reasons for the relationship we have with our parents and each other.
I have and still enjoy watching how much mom and dad love each other. My mom is so loving to dad; she always makes sure he's taken care of and the way they laugh together makes my heart happy.
I've learned so much from my mom-how to take care of my family, how to love my Savior first and my husband next, how to care for a home, how to love and serve others, how to feed people and be hospitable, and how to be an incredible mom...
Now, in a month and a half, I get to put into action what I've learned over the past 25 years of having this wonderful woman as my mom, and boy, do I hope and pray that I can emulate her example of godliness and love for my family.
Mom, you're amazing.
I think the world of you and am so thankful that God gave me you as a mom.
I am so excited to introduce my little girl to her Lola (grandma), so she can also see the love and respect that we have for you. You're going to be the best Lola in the world and this next generation of kids in your life will be just as blessed and loved as their moms were to have you in their lives.
Thanks for following the Lord faithfully, for your love and commitment to daddy, and your unconditional love and care for us (and our husbands).
You're the best mom in the world.
I love you.