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Mother's Day is almost here. I made an appointment for a much needed massage this Saturday, and am looking forward to being with the people who mean the most to me. I also find myself reflecting on all aspects of motherhood. My own Mom comes to mind, and how she no longer has my Grandmother here to celebrate the day. I think about my Grandmother at least once a day, and even though she's been in heaven for nearly two years, her presence couldn't feel more real sometimes.
I think about when I first became a Mom myself. Life as I knew it changed forever. Mom said one door closes and whole new way of life begins. Even though I waited a long time for my children, and experienced a great deal of loss prior to having them, I have never felt like the good Lord was far from me watching over me and paving the way for me to become who I am today. I am truly blessed with three amazing children today, and they were well worth the wait!
Stopping to reflect on everything Mom has taught me is a bit daunting. Where do I begin? I decided to share a small list of five things Mom taught me with all of you. Comment below if you can identify with any of them
- Family is number one. Mom taught me that your family is really all you have. Stay close to the ones who truly love you and accept you for who you are.
- Faith is essential. My Mom is a praying Mom. I recall seeing her on her knees praying every morning from an early age. She modeled for us the relationship she wanted all of us kids to have. "Don't hide your faith under a bushel basket."
- Finish what you start. This is a tough one for me sometimes. Life gets messy. There a million distractions, and to dos. I grew up being told that if you start something, finish it.
- The wishbone rule (passed down from Grandma): If Mom and I pulled the wishbone and I lost, I'd ask, "What did you wish for?" Mom would reply, "My wish is for your wish to come true."
- Stay ever hopeful. In any dire circumstance, Mom remains steadfast and strong. Somehow when there seems to be no solution to a problem, things always have a way of working out and it's all OK.