A Salute to Moms

Mother’s Day has always been a big deal at our house.  Every year Mom is subjected to a breakfast in bed, a kid-made celebratory lunch, homemade gifts and usually an overload of flower-flats for her annual landscaping rituals.

As we kids have aged a little, the day has matured from an all-out assault on the kitchen to a less chaotic celebration.  For all the trouble we give her on a daily basis throughout the year, we really try to show Mom our gratitude on Mother’s Day, and if we can remember, every day.

She’s a stay-at-home mom; she has eight kids, and she homeschooled/is homeschooling all of them.  She’s my hero, my best friend and so much more.  I’m really grateful for all the time, tears, sacrifice and effort she’s invested in me, and my siblings.  It’s my heritage and I cherish it.

I want to salute all moms who sacrifice of themselves on a daily basis in order to care for, nurture and love their children.  You are amazing.  No one can replace you or the unique and absolutely vital role you play in your child’s life.  I think Moms are the smartest, most flexible and creative people I know.  Who else can meet the needs of several completely different personalities, schedules, maturity levels, diets and aptitudes on a regular basis?

Your influence reaches far beyond the four walls of your house.  You are shaping the next generation of humanity; you are creating a heritage for your children and your grandchildren.  You portray for your children, and for everyone, God’s caring, nurturing, creative character.  May God richly bless you, support you, encourage you and give you wisdom and joy as you fulfill your calling to motherhood.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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