Sunday, May 10, 2009

Motherhood

Motherhood has taught me some important things...



Jackie, you taught me how to go without sleep! You taught me how to develop the skill of thinking ahead and being able to use the proverbial 'eyes in the back of my head'. But mostly, you taught me to think of someone else before myself.



Joshua, you taught me how to pray. All the nights and hours spent in the ER with you as you struggled to breathe...I learned to trust God and turn you over to Him.



Jewel, you taught me how to laugh! You taught me how to drink coffee as it was the only way I could possibly keep up with you! I will forever be grateful!



Jayde, you taught me to stop and listen to the music, to see the beauty in every thing around me...even termites! You taught us that even when we think our lives are complete, God can give us an unexpected blessing of great joy!



Becoming a mother taught me how much I owe to my own mother.
Thanks Mom for giving me life and a Christian home.


Today is bittersweet for us as it is also the 15th anniversary of my mother in law's death. This is a photo of her with her two sons, my husband is the adorable baby ! She was also a godly mother and raised two wonderful sons who became missionaries.

26 comments:

Pam said...

Oh Rita, I'm just a puddle of tears! This was a moving and thoughtful post. I just threw up some old photos from last years tea! Seeing your post makes me want to go back and redo mine but alas, it's too late! I must go to bed instead! Maybe next year I'll do a tear jerker! Happy Mother's day to one of the greatest mothers on earth, my little sis!

I always loved that pink and gray dress you're wearing in the first photo with Jackie. Then, in the last photo, Jewel is wearing that cute little red and white number I bought for her. I think it had little cherry buttons up the front.

Pam said...

I L.O.V.E. how I'm looking at you so adoringly in that last photo of us with mom. You can tell I was proud to be your big sister!

Gringo said...

Like they say, "Wait until you have kids!" That is when you truly appreciate your parents.

You appreciate your parents and you appreciate your kids. A beneficent circle, indeed.

Everyday M.moms said...

Happy Mother's day, we wish you the best of all blessings and we have made a little something for you:

http://everydaymmoms.blogspot.com/2009/05/my-prayer-for-mothers-today-is-that-our.html

God bless you,

EVERYDAY.M.MOMS

Pilar Stark said...

Beautiful!

Happy mother´s day!

Bonnie said...

Happy Mother's Day.. you put it beautifully.

The Hermit said...

You've got a nice family, Jungle Mom. And they've got a good mother in you. I think fathers are important, but especially early in life, it's the mother who sets the stamp on a child. A kid without a mother, or with a bad one, hasn't got much chance in life.

Nina in Portugal said...

What a beautiful Post Rita!

I've often said that having kids taught me how selfish I once once.

The sacrificial love of a mother....
now that's something.

Jane said...

Beautifully said! Happy Mother's Day!

Brenda said...

Great tribute. After all, we are mothers because of our children. So glad you get to be with 3 of yours today.
HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!!!

Kathy said...

What a wonderful way to count your blessings! :)

Betty said...

What a sweet post. I´m sure you had some good moments going through those old pic´s and remembering the things each child means to you. What would we be without our kids?!
Happy Mother´s Day!!

Webutante said...

Lovely, Rita. Happy Mother's Day to you.

Jackie said...

So sweet! Happy Mother's Day!! :)

Brooke said...

Happy mother's day, JM!

WomanHonorThyself said...

HAPPY MOMMYS DAY hun!..hugs!:)

Donald Douglas said...

Beautiful, Rita!

MK said...

Happy mothers day JM, hope you had a good one.

Barbara H. said...

I love your sentiments here -- and the photo history! I miss my mom a lot on Mother's Day, too.

Anonymous said...

HI Rita,

I finally found you! I knew that you had a blog, but I didn't know what it was. I read daily info on Ven. and your link came up. It was so good to "see you" again. I was at another site that had a sound track of Alma Llanera....sometimes it seems so long ago, and other times (like hearing a small plane overhead) I'm there again. We are all well. Walt is busy. AND STAYING OUT OF TROUBLE! Greetings to all. Happy Mother's Day! Jane

Lady Glamis said...

What a sweet, lovely blog post! Happy mother's day. :)

Jungle Mom said...

Jane! So good to have you comment! I know, I can't beleive I am not there and other days it is seems incredible that I ever was there.
I keep up with you a bit through Walt's face Book.

Yekwana Man said...

I know its one day late but i didn't know you had posted any thing on your blog happy mothers day mom I love you and I'm really thankful for all the times you've put up with my mischief.
I do have one question why r the blonds the spiritual babys?? lol j/k te amo demasiado mama y doy gracias por ti cada dia ;)

Yekwana Man said...

oh yeah that last one was me as in jewel

Joy said...

This is one the sweetest Mother's Day post.
Loved all the pictures of each child and your reflections on how they were a gift to you.
Beautiful Momma and Mother in Law.

Joy

firepig said...

Hope You had a blessed day.I loved this post.

I am here in Florida with my daughter.My Mom went on a cruise and as the boat started to sail, she fell and broke her leg, so had to be transported to Fort Lauderdale for an operation.Now I am here helping with her recovery.

You photos warm my heart.
Thanks