Today is my mom’s birthday. (She’s 29, for those who are wondering!) I am so thankful for her influence in my life. I think I appreciate her now that I am a mom myself, and I realize the millions of little, unnoticed tasks that a mother does to keep her children happy and her household running. I’m sure I have no idea how many sleepless nights she spent with me when I was sick, or maybe even worrying about me and the choices I was making. How many late Christmas Eve’s she spent finishing homemade gifts and getting things ready for a special Christmas. How many times she gave up her own time to drive me places or pick me up at work. Thanks mom – I may not have appreciated it then, but I sure do now!
It is hard to raise your kids in a Christian environment with the world all around. But my mom always made sure we were in church, and Bible study, and youth group activities. She encouraged us to have devotions and she made sure we went to summer camp every year to hear the Word of God without distraction. And I know there were countless lessons and conversations that happened everyday which helped shape my life into what it is now.
I love you Mom- Happy Birthday!