I’ve shared with you all that I would like to practice the art of speaking life. One of the ways I hope to do that is by using this blog to honor various individuals who have had a positive impact in my life.
Now, to be clear, I’ve been planning on publishing this post for quite some time, but didn’t realize it would land so close to Mother’s Day! I promise this is not meant to be a Mother’s Day post. I simply wanted the first person that I honored to be my Momma.
I am in a new phase of my life as I learn how to be a mom and parent my children. There are many days that one of the girls will do something (whether it’s cute, sweet, or a full out temper tantrum) and my respect for you increases.
First, I want to say thank you for all of the sacrifices that you made for us, most specifically, your decision to stop working and homeschool us. I am sure that was a very difficult decision to make. It took a lot of bravery to go against what was “normal” and take complete responsibility for our education. I think it goes without saying that your efforts paid off, and your successes now give me strength to follow in those same footsteps for my daughters’ education.
I admire your ability to make so much of our time educational. We regularly went on field trips, did experiments at home, and pursued interests in things like art, music, and horses. We rarely watched television and I often wonder, “How did she manage to keep us away from the tv?” While I didn’t understand it at the time, I now see how important it is to limit time in front of the television. I aspire to follow your example with my own girls.
Most importantly, I am so grateful for the way that you integrated faith into our lives. We learned so many things about the Bible through AWANA, we went on mission trips with the dance team, and learned the importance of taking sermon notes at church. We could never complain about something being unfair, because we knew that it was “unfair” for Jesus to die on the cross; which allowed us to live in freedom. The Christian foundation of our home growing up has been so influential in the decisions I have made throughout my life. Thank you for depositing Christ’s love in me.
Your efforts have not gone unnoticed. I so appreciate everything you have done and continue to do for your children. Thank you for encouraging us to pursue our dreams, for pushing us when the road is hard, and celebrating with us in our successes.
“‘Honor your father and mother.’ This is the first commandment with a promise: If you honor your father and mother, ‘things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.’” (Ephesians 6:2-3, NLT)
“My child, listen when your father corrects you. Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction. What you learn from them will crown you with grace and be a chain of honor around your neck.” (Proverbs 1:8-9, NLT)