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Mother’s Day, Surprise!

Mother’s day has snuck up on my this year. It’s so sneaky. I was sure it was a week later than it actually is. Go figure. So Mother’s day is coming up and I am totally unprepared. I did have something in mind, however, I was also planning for it to be the Sunday after next and now my plans are all a wash. Could we just push it back a week? Thanks, that’d be great.

So I’ve been looking forward to this particular holiday for a while because this year I have not one, but two moms to celebrate! I have been blessed with two very cool women in my life and with the excuse Sunday offers, I’m going to take the opportunity to brag about the awesomeness of my mom and mom-in-law, because they are both super great.

I was so glad a friend of my mom's got this picture because I needed to have at least one of just us.

I was so glad a friend of my mom’s got this picture because I needed to have at least one of just us.

This is my mom. Isn’t she beautiful? If you have been on either of my other blogs, I’m sure you’ve already heard me gush about her on probably more than one occasion. But it’s a brand new blog, so you get a brand new gush. My mom is awesome. She is kind and compassionate, she is godly and strong, she is creative and talented and she is mine. This is the woman who made me who I am today. She raised me to love God, to follow His Word, to pray to Him daily and trust in Him always.

One of my favorite things about my mom is her power of prayer. My whole life, whenever something was wrong or lost or causing me anxiety, my mom would ask me one simple question: “Have you prayed about it?” And still it takes me by surprise, every time. “Have you prayed to find your knitting needles?” No, I haven’t. Why would God care about something so mundane? And then I remember that he does. He wants me to trust Him in all things. My mother has been praying to find things for as long as I can remember and she always finds what she’s looking for. I want to strive to pray like she does.

My mom is responsible for my career choice, though I doubt she realized it at the time. I am still amazed at how God used her in this. When I was going into 9th grade a school for performing arts opened up near us. Many of my friends from church and co-op were going and so my brother and I wanted to go too. We both wanted media arts; I wanted to go for photography and he for digital design. But apparently everyone else wanted media arts as well and by the time we applied, the program was full. My mother didn’t ask us what our backup choice would be. I would have said theater so quick it would have hurt, but she didn’t hesitate long enough for that. She put us both in the

This is one of my favorite pictures of us. Laughing at my graduation from Geneva.

This is one of my favorite pictures of us. Laughing at my graduation from Geneva.

literary arts department and there I found my calling. I hadn’t thought of myself as a writer until my freshman year of high school, and I have my mother to thank for putting me on the road that has lead me here.

There is an endless list of things I could tell you about my mother. The list of things I have to thank her for stretches on into infinity and beyond. Most prominently, though, I have to thank her for my wedding. Planning a wedding while finishing college was not a great idea, but we pulled it off because Mom. I honestly did very little for my wedding, my mom was there to take care of everything. Sure, she was stressed past her limits and a tyrant in the decorating and preparations, but that’s what we needed, that what had to be done. She made what little vision I had into this beautiful wedding and reception and everything she touched was perfect. So thank you, Mom, you were awesome, are awesome, and I love you so much.

 

My lovely in-laws being super cute.

My lovely in-laws being super cute.

Having gotten married, and, let’s be honest, far before that, I got a second mom. My husband often told me while we were dating when we were invited to things with his family that they had invited me to come down, and they guessed he could come too. They basically adopted me before we were even engaged.

I love my mom-in-law. She is probably the sweetest person I know. She has a very soft personality, a kind voice and a willingness to help wherever she can. She is this adorable, bright human being who is genuinely concerned about the people around her and enjoys brightening peoples days. She also likes zombie movies. Go figure.

My mom-in-law has been this amazing example of a godly woman to me. She is patient and kind with pretty much everyone, she always wants to think the best and she’s always looking to serve others. I see this every Sunday as she happily offers to fetch coffee for whoever wants it. We’re big coffee drinkers. She supports her husband in this amazingly graceful way, they’re this great team in everything they do and consider. She is selfless in her service, and she endured our wedding process without complaint. It takes a lot of patience and compassion to get through planning a wedding, especially with intense personalities, but she voluntarily stepped in and helped out where ever and whenever she could. She’s been so welcoming, not just to me, but to my family as well, and I am so very grateful for that. Thank you, Mom, for everything.

I have been so blessed with these two beautiful, smart, godly women. Both have taught me so much and will continue to teach me for many years to come, I’m sure. They are each so strong in their own ways and I am so thankful to have them both in my life. Happy Mother’s day, everyone.

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