Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A belated bragging

Life has been nuts lately...and I've been out of my element with finals, birthday celebration (post on that coming soon), and a trip home. So needless to say this Mother's Day post is a tad late. Sorry, Mom.
But I couldn't let that special day slip by without jumping at the opportunity to brag on my mom and how she has affected my life. 

Mom- you are precious to me. To list all the things I love and cherish about you would seriously be nearly impossible. So here is 21 for every year you have been my mother.

1. Your tender-heart and compassion towards those who are experiencing pain and loneliness. You are so quick to love on them and be a friend.
2. Your sometimes unpredictable/spunky self...the one who loves Cameron and Mitch on Modern Family, the one who isn't afraid of letting out a swear word every now and then, who appreciates good humor and loves spontaneity.
3. The way you love dad. And those times when he's out of ear shot and you turn to me and say "isn't he the best man in the world?" What a blessing it is for me to have parents who love each other so well.
4. Seeing your dedication and devotion to living a healthy life and giving God the glory for having the motivation and self-control to do so.
5. Making our home welcoming to the international students and people who are without family. Your selflessness is inspiring.
6. Memories of just sitting in the TV room and talking and/or sitting on our computers...not saying anything, but just enjoying each others company.
7. Teaching me to appreciate each season of my life. No matter if it is hard or easy.
8. Your passion for kids. I'm convinced that's where I get it from and you are the best teacher. No university class has anything on you! 
9. Your encouraging words when I call from college station crying...for no reason at all, other than just being sad and homesick. 
10. When I'm overwhelmed and want to hide under a rug, I'm so thankful that you gently nudge me to get in the Word and cast all my cares and concerns on the One who can help me most.
11. Your faithfulness in prayer. You are the biggest prayer warrior I know and I have seen God do mighty things through you because of it. 
12. How you are a hopeless romantic. Some of my favorite memories include watching cheesy chick flicks together, then glancing at one another, both teary-eyed and vulnerable. Oh, hollywood, what have you done??
13. I know dad and I give you a hard time, but you crack us up. From your issues with technology, to losing things left and right, how easily amused you are; you make us laugh and I love how you can laugh at yourself.
14. Your cooking. 'nuff said.
15. Having the blessing of witnessing the awesome things God has done in your life the last few years...what a testimony of redemption! 
16. How interested you are in my life. Knowing my friends, what I'm doing, what I feel about certain situations...whatever it is, if it involves me, you wanna know about it. I love that. I'm learning it's a rare thing for parents to genuinely take such great interest in their children.
17. The grace and mercy you have extended to me the past 21 years. While I wasn't the worst kid, we definitely went through some pretty rough patches. Time and time again you gave me forgiveness and love when it was hard to give, I'm sure.
18. Seeing how you treasure your friends. 
19. You're love for Beyonce. ("All the single ladies, All the single ladies!")
20. Your craftiness and good style. I hope I got that gene and I'm just a late bloomer....I have a lot left to learn from you otherwise! 
21. Last but not least, everything. I love everything about you. The good the bad and ugly. I am so blessed to have you in my life and so grateful that God decided to give you to me.
"I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as I'm living, my momma you'll be."
"She is clothed with strength and dignity;
   she can laugh at the days to come.
She speaks with wisdom,
   and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household
   and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children arise and call her blessed;
   her husband also, and he praises her: 
“Many women do noble things,
   but you surpass them all.”
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
   but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
Honor her for all that her hands have done,
   and let her works bring her praise at the city gate."
Proverbs 31: 25-31

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