Happy Tuesday Morning!
As we approach Mother’s Day, I thought it only appropriate to spend our Tuesday Morning Coffee time talking about our Mom’s (or the Mother figures in our lives)!
And of course, this is my excuse to brag about the incredible woman I get to call mom…
I have an AMAZING Mom! I’m not even sure where to begin pondering how my life would be different without her love and support, and honestly, I’m not sure I want to. My brother and I had a very charmed life. We never wanted for anything really. There was never a time in our lives when we did not feel safe. There was never a time when we wondered what we would eat or where we would sleep or what tomorrow would bring for us. (It is so easy to take that kind of security for granted.) My life was always very… normal. Looking back on my growing up years now, I realize that I was given a huge advantage in my “normal” life. That security had absolutely everything to do with the love and support of my parents. I never realized it at the time, but there were definitely times when my parents wondered what we would eat or where we would sleep or what tomorrow would bring for us. Their love and support sheltered my brother and I from the realization of those worries, because as far as we were concerned, mom and dad had it under control. They would find a way and if there was no way to find, they would make one- and they always did, they always do. They have both worked tirelessly to provide for and keep our family safe. The sacrifices that have been made by both of them that I am aware of are incredible. I’ll never know the true extent of those sacrifices, but I do know that there are a great many roads my life could have taken and more than a few of those are roads I am thankful to have been steered away from through no small effort on my parents’ part.
My mom, like many moms, has always been the glue of our family. She keeps us all on the same team. Even as I say that I am asking myself “how”? How does she always manage to create a since of unity and safety and solidarity within our family? Quite simply, the only answer I can come up with ,is that she does it by being… her. Her unconditional love and support of each one of us, her unwavering belief in the potential we have and her unquestioning faith in our ability to do and to be, literally, anything we can dream of and her constant support in our successes as well as our failures- that’s the glue. That is what keeps all of us grounded and stable and unified. She is the heart of our home, the heart of our family. Without that heart beating through the pages of my story, I KNOW my story would be a very different one, the kind of different that I don’t want to imagine. The kind of different that I am thankful I will never have to know, a gift given to me through the love support and sacrifice of a truly great mom!
I have said it before, but one of the greatest compliments anyone can ever give me is to tell me that I remind them of my mom or that I am so much like my mom. I can’t fathom ever actually attaining the level of awesomeness that my mom embodies, but if I can become even half of the incredible mom, wife and woman that she is- I will quite comfortably rest in the fact that I became a pretty outstanding person who did something right. I love you, Mom.
What about you?
Think about your mother or a woman in your life who has cared for you. How would your life be different without her love and support? How has she sacrificed for you? What makes her a great mother or mother figure?
I would love it if you would share your thoughts in the comments section below!
You can also join the conversation on Facebook. Check out the Tuesday Morning Coffee Facebook group and join us every Tuesday as we get together throughout the day to share inspiration, socialize, weigh in on “the issues”, sometimes serious, sometimes not so much, and chat about… whatever. Come connect with us!
This Mother’s Day, Honor a Special Mom!
All mothers deserve to be celebrated, but many moms are faced with the harsh reality of having to risk their lives just to give birth and then seeing their babies and young children die needlessly from malnutrition and preventable disease. It doesn’t have to be this way.
This Mother’s Day you can make a difference in the life of a mother overseas while honoring a special mom in your own life. With your gift to the Samaritan’s Purse, Maternal and Child Health Projects, they will send a card to your honoree. Don’t miss this opportunity to send a unique and meaningful gift to someone you love!