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Hats Off to Mom!

I am a mom, grandmother, and a daughter. How about you? I feel like the meat in the middle of the sandwich! I make calls on Mother's Day to my Mom and to my mother-in-law, then I get calls from my kids and grand kids. This is a time when it's nice to be stuck in the middle!

I was thinking of Mother's Day and decided to honor my Mom. She is a resilient, tenacious, adventurous lady. As a young girl, Mom was raised on a farm by her grandparents.  She must have learned a lot of skills from them that built these traits into her.

She was never afraid to tackle a job she didn't know how to do. She was willing to learn or figure it out. As a single parent, she needed to get things done with little help available. I remember her fixing the plumbing, taking on a home repair project, baking birthday cakes, making fantastic clothing that she knitted, crocheted, or sewed. It was a rare thing for her to hire someone to do repairs. She was definitely a Jill-Of-All-Trades.

Mom worked two jobs and lived on No-Doze to make sure we had a place to live, food to eat, and clothing we needed. She earned her GED as a middle-aged adult since she had to quit school in 10 grade as a teen to help support her grandparents. She demonstrated her love through action.

I remember climbing up on her lap when I was a little girl while she was in her rocking chair. She would rock me to sleep singing lullabies. If there was a storm that scared me, I could crawl into bed with her for a while for comfort. When I married my first husband, she made my first wedding dress by hand when she had carpal tunnel in both hands, carefully trimming fabric around a scalloped hem. She helped take care of my kids when I went to the hospital to give birth to the newest sibling. She is now a Grandmother and Great Grandmother loving the little ones when they come to see her!

Mom is now in her 80s and doing well. She will be moving nearby to a senior's apartment community with some added amenities. No, it's not assisted living or a nursing home. Not this lady! She's still pretty spunky with her wheeled walker! I look forward to having her close by and helping her out.

What about you? Are you a Mom, Grandmother, Daughter?  How are you showing your gratitude to your mom?  Parents aren't perfect. There aren't instruction books issued with babies!  Moms at least gave us the chance to live life. The majority of our moms spent countless hours loving us, take care of us, teaching us, and helping us grow up to be reasonable, productive citizens in this world. Some shared Christ with us, offering us eternal life, modelling Christian faith. Take the time to tell your mom thank you for what she has meant to you.

There are moms who don't know how to be moms. Our church is involved in an Awana ministry that helps moms in prison visit with their children once a year. These ladies are required to go through one year of Bible study and parent training just for the opportunity to see their children only one time a year while incarcerated.  They are dedicated to turning their lives around to be the moms their kids need.  Not all moms are perfect, but all deserve to be honored!

"‘Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may be well with you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you." Deuteronomy 5:16. www.biblegateway.com.

How has your Mom had a positive influence in your life? Feel free to post it in the comment section.

Have a blessed Mother's Day!

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