Mother's Day 2015
I honor my Mom today
Today, I chose to spend some time thinking about Mother’s day, my own mother and my relationship with God. Mother’s day is a day of honor. I was blessed to have an amazing Mom whom I remember today and always as a very special person and someone worthy of honor. I looked through my pictures to find some rather ordinary pictures that represent some of the wonderful things I remember about her.
Mom loved family vacations
My Mom & Dad took us on family vacations, not easy an easy feat with 5 kids but we took them regularly. Here we are getting ready to take the Amtrak train to Florida (from Indiana) in 1970. I will always remember the long train ride, and finding sand dollars with my toes in the ocean. I guess I wanted to be a sailor because I think I wore that silly hat for about 2 years. (that’s me – the middle child for a few years until my two other siblings were born).
She taught us style
My Mom knew how to raise very stylish kids. Even our PJ’s were quite the fashion…… My little sis has an entire photo album called “the things they made me wear....." Okay, perhaps this should say ...she "tried" to teach us style :)
My Mother honored and respected her mother
My Mom loved and respected her own mother. Here she is with her mother my amazing Grandmother Eva who is and always will be a "one of a kind" amazing woman. I have learned so much from both my Mom and my Gram.
Mom & my Crazy Friends
She let me and my crazy high school friends eat enormous amounts of cookie dough….(ssshh there were probably raw eggs in this…) …And it takes a special Mom just to let her kids have wild & crazy friends.
Mom exercised with style
She joined the women’s gym so she could exercise and was very proud of her very sassy exercise outfit. As you can see, my crazy friends loved her and she allowed them to hang out at my house (of course so she could keep an eye on all of us… and we ended up in the kitchen most of the time eating everything we could find…)
Being part of a team is important
Both my parents taught me to be a team player....here I am with my basketball teammates and of course, my stylish basketball socks. Being part of a team was one of my favorite experiences in college.
Mom taught me about Love
She taught me how important it was to marry my best friend…I am pretty sure it was the stylish basketball socks that brought us together…. Thanks Mom!
Mom loved being a Wedding Planner
She planned an amazing wedding and even invited Greg & I to come to the party which was a good idea. She loved the planning even more than I did:)
Mom loved God and lived her life like someone who loved God
My mother was an amazing friend and parent.. She left this world much too soon, shortly after my wedding. I will always love my Mom and miss her, but I would be remiss if I didn’t first of all thank God for giving me a wonderful Mom, family, amazing in-laws, and the assurance that I will see her again in heaven someday; and secondly, remind everyone that our God in heaven wants to have a personal relationship with each of us. He (God) is a friend who never leaves us.
Mom told everyone about her personal relationship with God
This was the message that my Mom spent her last days on earth telling everyone she knew and because of this I want to honor her by sharing this message in remembrance of her this Mother’s Day.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
If you want to know more, I would be happy to talk to you or I encourage you to talk to your Pastor,Pastor's wife or a friend that you know reads the Bible. You can get to know God through his Word (the Bible).
I found this great summary of what the Bible says about having a personal relationship with God at Our Daily Bread. Click here!
Hug your Mom, your Grandmother, your sisters, and your kids today. Spend time with God.