i just read sonja's tribute to her mother and realized that i could
never write one that inspiring, but that doesn't mean i won't try!
my mom was by far the prettiest and youngest of all the mothers
of my classmates . hans says that when he was a little boy, he used
to hang out around the choir room just to see her walk by.
just for perspective and lest you think he had an older, washed out
mother, his was a movie star! (peggy dow)
though my mom was lovely, her real beauty radiated from within
her kind and giving heart. i have watched her bake countless pies,
cobblers, and homemade cinnamon rolls for sick friends and spend
endless hours consoling them.
she was the chaperone for the 5,000 choir trips i took, attended any
concert in which i sang, and made my beautiful dresses for each
event. she also created all my formal gowns and prom dresses. i'm
surprised she didn't make my wedding dress!
but her greatest feat was in cherishing her own mother in law. some
of you may have tough ones, but they couldn't be more difficult than
the one my mom had. when grandma moved to our town, all the
aunts from other cities sent their condolences.
my mother purposed in her heart to love her, and therefore, had her
to our house for dinner at least once a week, took her to the store, to
many doctors' appointments, and hair salons.
the most loving gift she gave, though, was a birthday party each year,
at which my grandmother would give a recitation of scripture or a poem
she had written. my own future mother in law attended many of these
at the end of my grandmother's life, she and my mother had the most
wonderful loving relationship that i will always cherish.
happy mother's day, mom!
"therefore, i urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your
bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God." romans 12:1