I know I'm a day late, but I've been thinking for a while about what I could write about the mom's in my life. I really don't know how to put into words how I feel about all of them.
My mom, Donna, is just plain amazing. There really isn't anything she can't do. She is my constant inspiration and I really don't know what I would be without her. The older I get the more I appreciate her. The harder my kids get, and the more I struggle to be a good mom, the more I cannot believe how well she raised 8 kids. Its a miracle to me.
My mother-in-law is another amazing woman. She has dealt with a lot in her life and yet she gives and gives and gives. She is a great example of provident living and resourcefulness. She is the ultimate grandma to the kids. And she has whole-heartedly accepted me into the family, my flaws and all, and I really couldn't be luckier in my choice of mother-in-law!
My sisters and sister-in-laws. All of them amaze me. They all have different talents and different parenting styles, but there are a lot of things for me to look up to in everyone of them. They are all great examples to me and I only hope that I can be the as good of a mom as they are.
Of course there are about a thousand other moms out there that have touched my life. My aunts, my grandmothers, my cousins, and of course, all of my friends out there amaze me too. I love hearing mom stories from everyone, one because it gives me something to learn from and grow from, and two because I can see that I'm not the only mom out there that struggles sometimes with this hard job of being a mom.
I feel extremely lucky to be a mom, to be among the countless numbers of women who sacrifice and teach all day every day. I fall short often. I am far from the perfect mom, most days I'm probably in last place for mother of the year, but I love my kids with my whole soul. If there is one thing I can say about my parenting it is that my kids don't question that I love them. I hope they never do. There isn't a day that goes by that I am not grateful to be a mom. It is such a huge blessing and burden all at the same time. I often think about the stewardship I've been given and I know that the Lord must love me because he wouldn't trust me with these absolutely amazing, beautiful spirits if he didn't.
So, here is a belated Happy Mother's Day to all of you Mother's out there. We really do have the hardest job in the world, but its worth every tear, and every stressful day.