Skip to main content

What I am: She helped me to be...

Today is a very special day.  Today is my Mama's Birthday.  This lady is a lady who tried to tell me when I was younger "I've been around the block a time or two..." to which I would just shake my head and think "Whatever!" and I now I know --- my Mama was always right.  Her infinite wisdom, never-ending hugs, gentle firmness, and constant encouragement shaped me into who I am today and I am so proud, blessed, and honored to celebrate her today.

My Mama with my Daddy and my Grandma on my Adoption Day!
Most everyone thinks their Mom is special, but I have truly grown to know that my mom is extremely special.  From being the selfless woman who did everything she could do to become a mom, including welcoming a tiny little baby from Korea into her heart and her home over 30 years ago, to now becoming the loving, nurturing grandma to my two Minis; she really is remarkable. 

In another life, my Mom was a nurse.  A natural caregiver at heart, she started out her journey from high school as someone who put others' needs before her own.  When she finally received the call that she was to become a mother, she quit her job and poured her entire existance into preparing her home for the journey of Motherhood.  She put herself last---always---to raise and care and provide for her family.  There was never a time she wasn't at home, never a parent-teacher conference she missed, never a concert that wasn't attended.  She was always there.

Instead of investing time in friendships, she invested time in her kids.  Instead of eating three square meals herself, she spent her time preparing a small buffet line of food for her ridiculously picky-eaters (I totally feel her pain now!).  Instead of going to bed early, she colored in coloring books until she nearly passed out on the floor or watched Beauty and the Beast for the 100,000th time.  My mom was beyond good to us.

Now, I have the pleasure to share my little Minis and the aches and pains of Motherhood with her.  She put this incredible memory in my mind of how a mom is and I have no idea how to fill her shoes!  I am not nearly as selfless as she is!  For. Real!  And she is just as present with my Lexi and HJ as she was with my sister and me.

While my mom turns 71 today, she still carts the kids off to the zoo, the botanical gardens, for walks in the park, and chases them around the house.  She has more energy than I do!  Yes, she still does her short-order cook duties for my picky eater (Lexi, not HJ---he eats anything!) and she invests time with all of us now.

She does so many fun activities and shares incredible experiences with the kids---they are getting the same enriching childhood that she gave me.

It's going to be many years before I become a "Gaga" myself, but she's still raising the bar for Grandmas around the globe!  How I'll ever measure up to her, I'll never know.  But what I do know is that I love her more than words could ever express.  She is my constant variable, my strength, my help, my rock, my inspiration.  I'm not sure how I got so lucky to be blessed with this incredible lady, but I am definitely thanking God for her and celebrating her today.

Happy Happy Birthday, Mama.  I hope that you have the day you so deserve.  I'm so proud of you and I love you so very very much.


Popular posts from this blog

Top 10 Tuesday: 12 Days of Christmas Movies

Well, so instead of a Top 10, I'm changing it to a Top 12!  Because I love The Twelve Days of Christmas and I love Christmas movies and why not combine both together to make it 12 Days of Christmas Movies!?  I suppose we each all have our own opinions as to what Christmas Movies are *must-haves* on our Watch List, but I would like to think there are some that just generally required, by public agreement.  So, here's my Top 12 Days of Christmas Movies List, complete with a FREE Printable so you can make this a Holiday Bucket List Item, if you'd like!  I'd love to hear if your favorite movie made the cut or not! OH---and one more thing---these movies are certainly not listed in an specific order, they are more in the order in which I may or may not have already watched them... (#SorryNotSorry!) 12.  The Santa Clause (1994) When this movie first came out, I was totally entranced by the interpretation of the North Pole, courtesy of Disney Magic, that I almost bel

Lent 2020: Day Two

Today's post is brought to you by...COFFEE.  I'm not going to lie, I really did consider giving up coffee for Lent, but when I mentioned it to one of my best friends, his response was "well, I'll see you in 40 days!"  I was kind of shocked at his lack of support, but then I read a post that was shared with me regarding Lent and some "food for thought" and one of the bullet points read "Don't give up coffee. Jesus will forgive you, but your family might not."  Well---I heard God loud and clear on that one.  Don't give up coffee.  And I'm so very glad I did not. See today, I had a TON of things to accomplish.  We're gearing up for a big weekend and I had quite the laundry list to do.  Not only was my laundry list (and my laundry basket) huge, but I didn't sleep well last night.  I had a very restless husband, so I put myself out on the couch.  Which wasn't terrible, but it wasn't exactly great, either.  So I already

Podcast Episode 4: Accountability

How many of you feel like you're on a never-ending hamster wheel, just running and running and running?  Do you blame the wheel for moving too fast or too slow?  Do you blame the cage for not having any space?  Or do you figure out that you need to stop, get off the wheel and get out of the cage to endless space? I think we all have those seasons in our lives where we easily blame the wheel or the cage.  And the difference between staying on the wheel and blaming it for staying on it and stopping, getting off and getting OUT is our ability to take accountability. Take a listen to this week's podcast and let me know if it inspires you to stop running on the wheel and instead, figure out how to stop, get off the wheel, and get out of the cage.