Mother's Day is a time to celebrate moms. But I know that it's not always a fun holiday for everyone.
For some women, it's a painful reminder of their inability to have the children they dreamed about. Others may be missing their moms who have since died. And I know that some women don't always hear from their children on Mother's Day; a painful reminder of challenging relationships.
Those Hallmark moments aren't always as perfect ...as they seem.
My mom was beautiful, inside and out. But she died a little over five years ago so I miss her greatly.
I also received news on Thursday that her only brother Ivar died after a battle with mesothelioma. I was so glad that I had the opportunity to speak with him several months ago. At that time, he was his usual joking self. Uncle Ivar would have celebrated his 84th birthday on Sunday, Mother's Day.
Here is my Uncle Ivar with his youngest son James at Thanksgiving. It's funny about timing as just this past Wednesday I wrote about my cousins (they are Uncle Ivar's children). If you missed it, you can read it here.
There may be reasons we don't always understand for why things happen. I always dreamed of the white picket fence and a loving husband and children. Well, I am so thankful for my loving husband Greg but the children part didn't happen. I guess I can always put up a white picket fence, right? :)
A wise and very thoughtful blogging friend and sister sent me a precious email earlier in the day.
I read Lisa Shaw's recent blog and it SO reminded me of YOU! When she made mention of all the mentors and tireless helpers and Bible teachers, etc., as 'mothers' also!! You may not have a child of your own, but I know as I'm sitting here, that you have blessed the lives of so many of our children, and I just want to thank you for that. For my own 3... it was often the 'Debbie's' along the way that have taught, loved, and reinforced what I as a mother want so much for each of them.
Thank you Debbie! Remember, like my mom always said... "God keeps the records", and not one of the things you have done for these little ones, as unto Him, have gone un-noticed.
I love you sister!
Sonja of bits and pieces, you have blessed me abundantly with your kind words. You reminded me to focus on how good God is. He allowed me to teach little children in Bible Study Fellowship. He gave me awesome nieces and nephews to spoil. He provided me with great friends who shared their children with me.
And I do want to wish all of you moms a Happy Mother's Day!
Blessings and love,