Monday, May 11, 2009


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.


Emily said...

Happy Mother's day to you too! Moms are so amazing. Seems like the world should be a better place with the such a huge portion of the population as mothers!

Dan and Donna said...

Diane, a wonderful blog. You are a great mother and also a very special daughter! love