When I grow up, I want to be my mother.
From little girls on up we all have people we look to as role models and want to be like. For some girls, these women are models, actresses or music artists, but for me there is only one woman…my mother. My mom has been my source of inspiration for so many years and I’d like to take some time this evening to share with you three of the many things I’ve learned from her and why she is my inspiration.
My mom taught me to trust God through everything. Life has a way of throwing curve balls at us, often when we least expect them. Through every hard time along the way my mom was always praying and encouraging me to pray as well. It’s during the hard times that I often find it hardest to trust God to work situations out. I am someone who wants to figure it out and fix it by myself if at all possible. Mom reminded me often that it was okay that I didn’t have the solution because God ALWAYS does.
My mom taught me to go with the flow. I watched my mom go through plenty of different situations during my 22 years. She is a farmer’s wife and stay-at-home mom with a knack for going with the flow that I can only dream of having someday. It didn’t matter if a water line burst at midnight or my dad suddenly needed her help when she was in the middle of something, my mom was right there helping where needed. No matter what was thrown at her, she has always stepped up and done whatever needed done. In the short year and a half that Dale and I have been married we have had many, many different situations arise that left me praying that I would be able to face them with my mom’s attitude. When I stress out, which I do way too often(just ask my husband), my mom is the first one to tell me “it’s going to be okay, we can do this.”
My mom taught me how to be a wife. Growing up watching my mom in her role as a wife prepared me with a firm foundation for my own marriage. My mom never complained when my dad was out late working, she simply made supper when he was ready for it and sat down with him to eat. When my dad’s plans interrupted her own, she changed her plans. My parents have worked side by side on our family farm for 20-something years and have a wonderful relationship and I can’t help but think that a lot of their success is due to my mother’s devotion to her role as a wife.
My mom taught me to laugh, cook, bake and so much more. She is my inspiration and my role model for life. She is a wonderful mother, wife, aunt and more to so many people but among all of those she is also one of my best friends. She shares my love for yard sales, music, chocolate and so much more. I was always the one with the cool mom. My mom drove my friends and I to youth events, joined us on field trips, and took us shopping. To this day she is friends with many of my friends on Facebook and is always sure to wish them a “Happy Birthday” and buy gifts for their baby showers. My mom sets goals and sticks with them with a determination that I hope to have myself someday. This year she decided she was going to run a 5k and a week ago she did just that. Let me tell you, this daughter couldn’t be prouder! My mom is my rock when I’m feeling unsure of something or just don’t know where to turn. She is only a phone call away no matter what the hour and always knows just what to say when I need encouragement. I honestly couldn’t imagine where I would be today without my mom’s love and godly influence.
I could go on and on but I’ll stop there. If I could summarize all of that down to two sentences for my mother, I would say: Mom, you are the best mother a girl could ever ask for. I truly do hope that when I grow up, I will be just like you!