Just like that….another Mother’s Day is over. No breakfast in bed this morning, flowers are already looking kinda puny, house is demolished from the previous day’s festivities, washing machine is making it’s rhythmic hum along with the dryer, dish washer is thoroughly cleaning yesterdays dishes, and the smoke is still lingering from the fire pit while the ants devour the remnants of graham cracker that are crumbled on the ground.
With a cup of black coffee in my grips, I sat down to read my devotions and reminisce a little before my day actually gets any more hectic. As I was reading this morning, I came across some interesting scripture that captured my heart this morning.
Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.
Proverbs 17:6 (NIV)
Proverbs 17:6 tells us that grandchildren are the crowns of the aged. That means Granparents think that their Grandkids are more beautiful than crowns or jewels. There are people in this world who wear diamonds and jewels that are probably worth more value than my house and car combined. But what we have are far more valuable than diamonds or pearls. Our kids and grandkids are priceless!!
Yesterday, as I soaked in the glory of Mother’s day, I spent it with my own Momma, two Aunts, and my two beautiful sisters. I studied them carefully yesterday as my Dad held on to the arm of my Aunt as they slowly walked up the steps. I saw the years in her eyes as she told me she wished she could laugh as much as I did. Her advice to me: “Please love your kids. They don’t need fancy clothes or vacations, they need your unconditional love. Never stop going to church and always pray.”
My second mom/Aunt was overwhelmed with flowers, cards, candies and hugs yesterday. She never had kids of her own, but honestly she is the most selfless human being on this earth. I take after her in so many ways, we can both cry at “the drop of a hat”, we have laughed till I have seen her literally pee her pants (not because of old age), and she loves my babies as if they were her own. Just like she always loved me, with an overwhelming love only a Mother can give. Her advice to me: “Church is free, teach your kids the importance of Jesus and show them the way to everlasting life.”
Both of my sisters and I spent the day taking needless “selfies”, swinging on the swings with the kids, laughing hysterically at each other, laying in the grass in the back yard talking about our ornery kids and work, school, husbands and significant others. We shared pictures and asked for advice. By the end of the day, we smelled like smoke from the fire pit and the Greenbrier River where we stuck our toes in the water while we yelled at the kids not to splash us. My advice to them: Don’t ever change!!
A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings good and no harm all the days of her life….and works with eager hands…….She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family…….her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also and he praises her.
Proverbs 31 (NIV)
My mom is the “backbone” of this family. She works from daylight till dark cooking, cleaning, and even still irons my dad’s hankies. She has been a faithful wife and a caregiver to her daughters and 7 grandchildren. She is not only my mom, she is the best friend I ever had. She is my shoulder to cry on and she has taught me the art of forgiveness. She prays everyday for my Daddy, her daughters, her grandkids, and for her son in laws. Everyone is welcome in her home and she never knows a stranger. She has a contagious laugh and beautiful smile and is full of love and confidence that “all things work together for good”.
Her advice: BE HAPPY….and
Commit your ways to the Lord and He will establish your plans.
Proverbs 16:3 9 (NIV)
Yep, it’s over….the one day where us Mother’s get to sit back and enjoy the warm hugs, the laughter, muddy feet, and stinky river kisses and dirty bath water. It is the one day when we can look at our kids and smile, and know they we are so special we had a whole day created just for us!!! I am so proud to be Cat and Adam’s Mom…..
My advice to them: Don’t ever doubt my undying love for you. (I adore you two precious angels) Love God, love yourselves, and love each other. Make memories with me and don’t forget them. Make each day count and never give up.
Until next time…..Happy “day after” Mother’s day.
(Now get to work, this house isn’t going to clean itself!!!!)