Mother's day always begins with mixed emotions for me. I always think about my friends that have never experienced Motherhood or the young ladies that want a baby so badly, yet can't get pregnant. Then I think about my friends that have already lost their mom's and how sad this day feels to them. I also think about the ones that have lost their only child due to an accident. I pray for these ladies each Mother's Day and ask God to be with them on this day set aside for moms. May He be the One that gives them strength and encouragement today during any emotions they may face about Mother's Day and all that it en-tails.
I can look back on my life and see how blessed I have been with amazing memories of my grandmother and my very own mom and their spiritual walk with the Lord. I remember as a little girl being at my Nana's house and going into a different room while she put on her records of gospel music with her bible in her lap and hearing her sing along with the songs and begin praising and praying out loud to the Lord. One day while she was doing her "thing" a man from the laundry mat next door knocked on the door and she never heard him or missed a beat with her time with the Lord, so I went to the door and he was making sure everything was okay in the house. As a little girl, I was very embarrassed but I look back now to see how blessed I was to have a Nana so grounded in her faith. I remember my mom always making us kids go to church on Sunday morning and nights. Back in my day we didn't have DVR's or even VHS tapes and the "Wizard of Oz" came on once a year and I would have to miss most of it and would sit in church on that particular night pouting. I'm sure I pouted more than once a year at Sunday night church but that time always sticks out in my mind. I am thankful that I had a mom that read her bible and devotional each morning at the breakfast table. There is no doubt that I am a very blessed mom today and I know for a fact it all began with my Nana and my mom setting a great example for me as moms. Thank you Mother for always and continuing to be there for me and for all your faithful prayers over my life. I love you with all my heart.
Bryan wrote this verse in my Mother's Day card; Deuteronomy 6:2 "so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the Lord your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life". I can say this Mother's Day is a very special one for all that God has done for me and my family. I have been so blessed with the two miracles in my life, Bryan and Jordan, because I know Motherhood is a miracle from God. I couldn't ask for a greater son or daughter. My children have always shown me such great respect and honor and they don't wait until Mother's Day to show me their love, I see and hear it everyday. For that, I am truly blessed!! Both of my kids wrote wonderful things in their cards to me this year and here is something Jordan wrote; "It's by the grace and power of the Lord and by your unwavering faith in Him that you (but really HE) has made this journey so smooth. On this day, God gets all the glory, honor and praise. He is GOOD! He is MIGHTY! He is HEALER! and He is VICTORIOUS!!" You see my Nana and my mom taught me to trust in God and so now I am able to teach my kids and grand-kids to trust in God and the cycle will continue throughout each generation. Joel 1:3 "Tell your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children to another generation".
Jordan, Me and Bryan "My two miracles"
Me and Jordan at church this morning
G-Ma and Hudson
Jenna's parents, Chuck and Mary, are always so thoughtful having Tony, Jordan and I over for Mother's Day lunch. Chuck boiled shrimp, crab legs, potatoes, corn, sausage and Mary made salad, rolls and chocolate cupcakes. It is such a blessing having both families together on this special day. Thank you Chuck and Mary!
Mary (Jenna's mom) and Me
Jenna, Hudson, Me and Bryan
Kathy (Jenna's grandma), Mary, Jenna, Me and Jordan
Hudson loves water and the Kerby's have a pool. Bryan entertained us this afternoon playing with Hudson in the pool.
Hudson and Bryan
Tony's kids, Chris and Alesha and their families always make sure to remember me on Mother's Day as well. I am so thankful to have been a part of their lives these past eighteen years and feel blessed that they always recognize me on this special day. I wish we didn't live so far apart.
Our day ended with Hudson coming over for a sleep-over. He loves when G-Pa makes a fire in the pit and he can put sticks in the "hot". He calls fire the "hot".
Hudson putting sticks in the "hot"
Today I was blessed and so thankful for all God continues to do in and through my life. May I never take moments with family for granted and realize each new day I live, I should cherish and honor Him.
"Today is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it".