Category Archives: Mom

Thanks for Mama

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My mama is a woman of dignity. She does right, even when it practically kills her. She puts everyone on this planet above herself. She loves people, especially those hurting or in need…even if she thinks she doesn’t.

She has taught me so many life lessons with words & by her actions. With words (that were stored and later understood) she taught me:

“Life isn’t fair. Don’t expect it to be.”

“No one MAKES you do anything. You make your own choices.”

Along those lines: “You pay the consequences when YOUR choices aren’t good choices. Again, no one made you do anything.”

“You choose your mood.”

By her actions, she has taught me:

“When you’re knocked down, get back up.”

“Life won’t be easy, but smile & keep going.”

“Just because it’s hard doesn’t mean it’s not possible. With hard work, anything’s possible.”

“A mother loves her child, even when they’re unloveable.”

My mom has been there for me my entire life. When I was knocked down (or self sabotaged), I would look up and see her there. Did I deserve it? Absolutely not. That’s just the kind of mom she is. Even when I didn’t believe in myself or self worth, she did.

Today for my 30 Days of Thanks, I’m thankful for my mom. The woman that has taught me what being a wife, mom, & friend is all about. Love you, Mama!

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Going Deeper Still…

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I just got back from the Deeper Still (Beth Moore) conference in Atlanta! It was AWESOME!!!!! I went with a group from Reidland. I have to say that I enjoyed every moment with those ladies. God really gave me a chance to get to know them better, & I feel so incredibly blessed!! 

The conference was much more than I could have ever imagined. The speakers were amazing. The praise and worship time was…well, I can’t find another word besides awesome. At times, I was singing so loud & couldn’t even hear myself sing. It was so neat to hear 19,000 other women praising God at the same time! 
I am NOT the type of person that enjoys being around people I’m not really close to…mostly because I have to put myself out there. I’m not good at that. These women made it so easy to be myself. Thank you, ladies, for making me feel so comfortable around you! You are such precious women and I was privileged to be in your presence.

Being Sydney’s Mom

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I have never underestimated my job as a mom. To tell you the truth, at times, I am so overwhelmed by it that it scares me. I’ve heard the saying that “a child can eventually overcome having a bad dad, but never a bad mom”. I can’t remember where I heard that, but it stuck with me. Now, I know that I’m not a horrible mom. Don’t hear me saying that. I just feel the importance that I have on my daughter’s life & I don’t take it lightly.

Last night, my mom and I went shopping for a dress for her for Nathan and Kacey’s wedding. We had a great time. I really love spending time with her! On the way home, we got to talking about her wedding to my dad. I asked her if it was a hard day for my grandfather (her mother passed away a year or so before). She said that it was one of the hardest on him…right up there with my birth.

We then began talking about her mom. I mentioned that I wish that I could have known her. I honestly can’t tell you how much I wish I could have known her…not just met her but really known her. She said that just the other day at church she was talking to a lady that knew her mom when my mom was little. My mom told her that she really wishes that she would have known her mother adult to adult. There really is something different about having an adult relationship with your mom. I wish she could have had that relationship, too.

While I was laying in bed waiting for my daughter to go to sleep in her bed last night, I began thinking about what my mother said. Her mother passed away when she was 17. Even at the age she is, years later, she still longs for her mother. As much as I have felt my importance in Sydney’s life, I had never felt it as strongly as I had in that moment. I pray that I can be a mother that Sydney needs in the moment. Not a mean mother, nor a walk-over-me-easily mother, but what she needs in the moment she needs it. I pray that God will give me the wisdom to know what each moment calls for.

Thanks, Mom, for being such a wonderful mother. Thanks for handling your heartaches with grace & dignity. Thanks for helping show me what a mother should be. I’m sorry that life hasn’t always given you what you wanted. I am happy to know that one day I will be able to know your mother. Love you!

Mother’s Day Weekend

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These are a few pictures of our weekend. We had such a GREAT weekend with our mothers. 

Saturday we played with Dita & Pops (Ryan’s parents). We played out back with Buster, their dog, and the Backyardigans ball that was a huge hit with Sydney. It was a very relaxing & enjoyable day!! Next week we get to spend Monday night-Thursday afternoon with his parents & siblings!! We haven’t all been together in 2 1/2 years!!! I’m quite excited to be able to see & visit with everyone!
Sunday we played with Grandma, Gigi, and Pawpaw (my parent’s and grandmother). We went to church that morning. Kacey, Nathan’s gal, kept Sydney with her during church. I couldn’t believe how still she was!! It was nice to have a Sunday without having to worry about her. Thanks, Kacey!! After church, we went to Kentucky Dam Village Resort for lunch. Let me just say…yum! Thanks, Dad, for treating us to a special lunch! After lunch, we headed home to hang out for a while.
 
We truly loved every minute of our weekend. We didn’t get in until after 10 pm last night & we were exhausted, but it was worth every minute! We have such great mothers (and fathers). We are blessed by their faith in God & love for us!! Thanks, Moms, for being such great mothers & grandmothers! Love you!

Happy Mother’s Day to all Mothers & Mother’s-to-be ;o)

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I am forever changed because I am a mother. I see things differently. I feel things differently. My life has a meaning and importance that it never had before. I now get how much of a miracle it is to see a child come into this world. The word “hero” now fits every pregnant woman who is doing everything she can to have a healthy baby. My world and everything in it has changed. For that I am thankful. I cannot imagine my life without my baby girl. My mom asked me one day if I could remember my life before Sydney. Although I can, it is quite a different world! 
So, thank you, Mom for all the many things that I could not see before I was a mom. Thank you for the love that you feel towards Nathan & me. Thank you for being a “mean” mom & not one that gave us everything we wanted. Most of all, thank you for being the definition of a good mother.
I love every day that I get to wake up and be a mom. I praise God for our beautiful, healthy little girl. I am thankful to be called “mom” and hope that I can live up to all that really means.
To my husband, I thank you. Thank you for giving me the chance to be a mom. To my God, thank you for blessing me with the family you have. I am not deserving, but am forever grateful.