May 8

My family teases me about my mother.  They say this is me (gesturing toward the right hand) and this is my mother (gesturing towards the left).  Then they move their hands closer and closer together saying that I am becoming just like her.  I laugh. 


When I tell my mother someone says I’m just like her, she responds with, “And did you tell them thank you?”  I laugh.


But no kidding, I hope people will one day view me with the same honor and respect that is given my mother. 


When I was a little girl my mother baked baby biscuits in tiny baby doll pans.  She made teddy bear sized pancakes on Saturday mornings.  Dolls were welcome at the table in highchairs.  We painted Sesame Street stencil pictures, and with a tiny little rolling pin and a tiny little mixing bowl, we baked.  Having fun was more important than staying clean.  Friday night out was always McDonald’s and K-Mart.


My mom can swan dive, do a lay-up, hit a home run, and ride a mini-bike.  She can get a $120 shirt for $2 and get them to take an additional 15% off of that!  She cooks, she sews, she’s creative, and she’s witty.  If all that is not enough, my mom is just plain ole’ good company.  She’s fun to be around. 

 But the most important thing my mother taught me is how to be Jesus to those around me.

 I watched my mother welcome a family of 12 for our Christmas dinner because they just arrived in America from Afghanistan.  She made dinner for families in need.  She taught me the importance of good manners and good friends.  She never spoke unkind words about others, and made me always look at an argument from the other person’s side.  She bought Christmas gifts for kids who wouldn’t otherwise have any and hung homely child-made Christmas ornaments in prime locations on our tree.  She is the most hospitable person I know.


Now you know why I would love to be just like her.  I only hope one day, my daughter will view me the same.  And when people say to her, “You are just like your mother” she’ll say, “thank you!”

Her children arise and call her blessed… Proverbs 31:28 NIV

 Happy Mother’s Day Mom!


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  • kmom3 May 8 at 12:37 pm

    What a beautiful tribute to your mom, Carol! I love reading about the legacies that are passed down from moms. She demonstrated His love to you daily, and now you are demonstrating that same love to your children. And on and on it shall go. How awesome!

  • MaryLu May 8 at 1:54 pm

    How sweet! What a lovely tribute to your mother, she sounds like a lovely person, just like you.
    I’m certain with a mother like you are and a grandmother like your mom, your daughter will grow up to be loving and sweet too. How could she not with such a legacy.

  • Stephanie (Ocean Mommy) May 8 at 4:03 pm

    This was just beautiful Carol! I bet you brought a tear to her eye!!!

  • Xandra May 8 at 5:19 pm

    What a lovely tribute to your mother!


  • DeAnna May 8 at 5:56 pm

    Oh, Carol. What a WONDERFUL tribute to your mom!!! I hope that my girls can say such beautiful things about me some day.

  • Cheri May 8 at 6:18 pm

    So beautiful. Thank God we have momma’s that have given us good memories!

    Your mother sounds like a great woman. I’m sure you are very proud to be her daughter.

    We can all hope that our children will think of us in the same light!

  • Mary Lou May 8 at 7:51 pm

    Your mother sounds like a Proverbs 31 woman. What a loving, lovely tribute. You are both very blessed women. Brought tears to my eyes. Hope I measure just a little like that in my daughter’s eyes. My son says I was a great mom, the best. We all love to hear that we did a good job. What a beautiful gift you gave your mother. May your mother’s day be full of blessings from your family. Thanks for sharing all of this.

  • Linda May 8 at 11:22 pm

    Oh what a beautiful tribute to a unique lady. You did bless her. I hope my daughter loves me like this someday.

  • Becoming Me May 9 at 12:51 am

    This was beautiful. What an AMAZING mom you have

  • Christina May 11 at 7:58 am

    Sounds like you are very lucky to have her for a mom and even luckier to be becoming just like her. Happy Mothers Day to your mom.

  • Peggy May 12 at 5:42 pm

    What an honor to be compared to your mom! I’m aMazed at how wonderful your memories are and how much your mom is blessed!

    I need to know if she taught you the Jedi Knight deal too!

    My dad and sister told me I was like my mom also. God bless our moms and may your legacy live on!

    Thank you for your masterpiece on motherhood! Blessings and hoping your weekend is wonderful! Peggy

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