I have been mulling over a post about some things that have been going on since I last blogged. I know it’s been awhile, but sometimes life happens and that’s okay. That post will come soon. A lot of what has been going on has to do with my journey toward healing and wellness, and in honor of Mother’s Day I want to publicly thank the 4 most amazing mothers that I know who have all played a significant role in my life and my journey.
First of all, to my sisters: Elizabeth and Katherine
(Aren’t we cute?!)
You are both such beautiful, amazing women of the Lord. Words do not do either of you justice. You have always tried to mother me in your own ways. I know I acted like I hated it when I was little, but secretly, I loved that you cared enough about me to pay attention to me and boss me around. 😛
It has been such an amazing thing for me to watch you two mother. I love that even in your differences, your end goal is the same: raising children who are happy and healthy, and most importantly seeking Jesus. You are both incredible examples to them (and to me!) of what that looks like in day-to-day life. Those kids are lucky to have you as their moms! Thanks for letting me be their aunt. I feel so blessed to be involved in their lives.
Second, to my Gramma: Bobbie
When I was little getting to go see you and Papa was always my favorite place to travel! It still is. I get so excited every time I get to visit you. Thank you for the example that you have been to our family. Your care and love for each generation is beautiful and admirable. I love that you want to be and are involved in the lives of your children and grandchildren. Your faithfulness and dedication God, to those around you, and to serving are things I admire greatly about you. Thank you for caring about me! You really are the best!
Third, to my Mom: Shari, the greatest woman in the world
To the woman who taught me what it means to be a godly woman; that I can do hard things; that I am important and loved; that people are to be cared for and valued no matter what; that sometimes a hug and a shoulder to cry on are the only things necessary to fix a bad mood: Thank you.
To the woman who showed me what it looks like to be a loving wife; to raise children who love Jesus especially when life gets rough; to balance my life well even if that means reevaluating and saying “no”; to be hospitable; to have a kind word for everyone, especially myself: Thank you.
Thank you for believing in me even when I don’t believe in myself. Thank you for telling me “You will not talk about my daughter like that” when I would fall into the trap of self-deprecation. Your lessons and catchphrases have sunk in and become a part of my adult life. Thank you for always being there for every step of my life. Thank you for being the best mom a girl could ask for!
All four of you are incredible women. Thank you so much. I love you.