Mother's Day is a special moment in what is a year rapidly getting away from us with all of its cares and activities. A moment when I think about the three who are busy raising my grandchildren and I would take away all stress from them if I only could...but watching them I am immediately transported to when I was busy raising my own little ones. Now I long to run back a video tape if only there were such a replay. I spend my spare moments pouring over and studying the faded and poor photos that I have and my heart thrills at every pose and what is captured there.
On this day, I think also of my own mother. Time is stealing her away from us and I must be so thankful for what a good mother she has been to me. Fred and I talked today about how we miss Rueben and we realized that when my folks go, it's going to be hard for our kids--and yet we have been preparing our hearts for the loss that is sure to come.
I recently came across a list of customs I had written down that I'd like to leave to my children and grandchildren--it seems appropriate today to share these with you:
-Church attendance for a reason--because I love the Lord and want to know Him better.
-Extended family get-togethers for happy and sad occasions
-Dinners together around the table
-Pic-nics in a park
-4th of July Fireworks
-Opening Christmas gifts on Christmas morning and Candy Cane Lane
-New Years' resolutions
-Prayers before bed-time
-Cinnamon roles and homemade ice cream
-Scary stories and poetry ("And the Goblins' 'ill get you if you don't watch out!")
-Climbing Mount Whitney
-Daddy's taking daughters on "dates"
-Having apples and pop-corn on TV nights
-Having people over for dinner or dessert after church
-Trick or Treating
-Homemade Chili soup
-Easter egg hunts
-Story time, sitting around telling stories!
-Hosing down the driveway
-Singing around the piano
Happy Mother's Day to my girls...and my love to All the Loves of My Life!