Every year, Mother’s Day is hard for me. I miss my mom so much I can hardly stand it. I was blessed to have the most amazing Mom a girl could ever dream of.
There was one thing in life I always knew for sure, and that was that my mom loved me. She taught me about Jesus Christ. She loved Him, knew Him, lived for Him, and is now with Him.
I often think about all that Mom taught me growing up, and I try to think, “What would Mom do in this situation?” I try my best to honor her in the way that I live my life now.
When my dad remarried, it wasn’t easy. Even though he was marrying a wonderful lady, Janet, it was still hard. I wanted to kick and scream and close my eyes so I could wake up and find that Mom was still alive and things would go back to normal.
But it wasn’t.
And I thought, how would Mom want me to handle this situation? And without a doubt, I knew that she would want me to be happy for Dad, to love Janet, and to glorify God with my actions. So that is what I have tried to do, in honor of my mom.
Because without a single doubt, when my mom got cancer, I KNOW that she prayed that God would take care of my Dad and her children after she was gone. Janet is an answer to my mom’s prayer.
Though Mom would love to still be alive, watching her grandchildren grow and growing old with Dad, if she couldn’t be here, I know she would want someone in her place to take care of Dad and love on her children and grandchildren.
Mom, God has answered your prayers.
Janet is a gift to our family.
She loves Dad so much, and treats my children as her own.
Her number one desire is for Dad to still be a huge part of our lives, so she encourages him and comes with him to every one of my children’s special occasions like ball games, birthdays, graduations, and more.
Here they are at Luke’s 5th grade graduation. And yes, it is hard for me to think about all of these special moments that my mom is missing out on. But as sad as that makes me, it makes me more sad to think of Dad coming to these special events alone.
I’m so glad he has Janet to walk through life together. She treats him like a king!
You know I have told you what an amazing writer my mom was, and how she would send me letters and notes of encouragement my whole life. I think it would please her beyond words to see the texts and letters that Janet sends me all the time.
I can feel not only Janet’s love, buy my mother’s love, each time I read them.
Dad and Janet came with us this weekend to hear Jonathan sing at the Kentucky Opry. Actually, I am writing this post from my hotel room in Paducah. Dad and Janet left early this morning because they needed to get back home to see Janet’s mom for Mother’s Day. Cy and I were going to church with some friends before we head back home. I wanted to be in church with all my boys on Mother’s Day because I know that is exactly where my mom would want me to be!
When I woke up this morning, I found this text on my phone…
As you can see, God has blessed our family so much with Janet!
A couple of months ago, Janet asked me if I could give this little metal basket a makeover. It used to be my mom’s, and it had been sitting in storage.
So I painted it white, added a little monogram, and filled it with red geraniums.
She loved it!
So today, I wanted to honor my step-mom, Janet. She is an amazing lady, full of grace, kind, compassionate, and to be honest, a lot like my mom.
Many of you may be like me, without your Mom, on Mother’s Day.
But many of you have a special woman in your life that has encouraged and loved you like a mom. Maybe an aunt, a neighbor, a lady at church, a grandmother, or a step-mom.
We are so very blessed to have these special ladies in our lives!!!
Celebrate them with me today.
Give them a hug, call them on the phone, or just pray for them and asked God to bless them.
May we all take time to count the blessings in our lives each day!
Happy Mother’s Day!!