Mother’s Day is a fitting time to thank our mother for her love and sacrifices. My mother has been gone for many years so I’m no longer able to do that. Instead, I’d like to express my gratitude to my children. They have grown into wonderful, kind, considerate adults.
God blessed us with three healthy, intelligent, gifted children—two daughters and a son. My beautiful daughters were born two years apart. They played well together, even leaving Mom a little free time for sewing matching dresses for special occasions. We were a sweet little family; evidently things were too calm and sedate, because God saw fit to send a rambunctious boy into our midst. He was a handsome little guy, blessed with the ability to wrap the women in his life around his cute little pinkie.
Life was challenging, but never boring. In moments of frustration I questioned, “God, why did you send us such strong willed children?” I didn’t feel adequate to be an effective parent, yet I learned that God is able to fill up the gap in our lives and give us strength and wisdom when we ask for his help. I did this frequently.
We succeeded in raising them to be independent, confident adults, able to function in life without mom and dad. My only complaint now is the physical distance between us, and the busyness of all our lives that limits our time together. Even so, they are available whenever the need arises.
They have been supportive and helpful during times of health challenges or other family issues. They’ve listened to their mother vent about personal frustrations, and given us helpful advice in their area of expertise. In short, our children have become our friends and we are so thankful that God blessed us with their lives.
Thank you Sonja, Ronda, and Andrew. I am grateful for the opportunity of being your mother. Dad and I are proud of each one of you; you have enriched our lives. We love you all so much!