Happy Mother’s Day!-What I’ve learned.

I have the world’s best parents and the world’s best parents-in-law. You may think you do, but I would challenge you to arm wrestle competition to own the title. And since you’re there at your computer and I’m here at mine-let’s just call it a draw, shall we?

 


Anywho-it’s obviously Mother’s Day and I want to praise the woman the raised me (Mom) and the one that raised the man that I’m deeply, passionately in love with (Connie-Mom).

I would like to share a few things that these ladies did well in regards to being a Mom. And, I hope to encourage all of you that may be-even right this moment-frazzled, worn out, frustrated and re-thinking that whole “mom” thing.

 


The biggest thing that I learned from my mom was:
1. Consistency is paramount in regards to both love and discipline. I knew that if I crossed the line, I would be punished for it-often by writing inches out of the dictionary or the Bible. I do give a tip of the cap to my mother for “allowing” me to have such an expansive vocabulary. I also knew that when my jacked-up, gymnastics-back was keeping me awake at night, mom would come into my room and rub my back until I fell asleep.

 


2. Choosing to make life fun is an intentional decision-it doesn’t just happen. And “fun” doesn’t have to be expensive-fun comes by catching lightening bugs, making pizzas, playing board games and taking bike rides. As a family, we never went on a cruise, visited exotic places or went on ski vacations. Those things aren’t bad to do-they just weren’t an option when I was growing up. Instead, my best memories consist of sitting around the fireplace, drinking Five Alive, eating popcorn and playing Sorry.

 


3. God comes before everything-even before me. My mother has had a consistent quiet time ever since I can remember. I knew not to interrupt her and I knew it was in my best interest if she spent time with God before conversing with humans.

 


4. Dad and Mom presented a unified front, one that us kids knew we couldn’t break apart.
Once a decision was made, I never thought to try to continue to get my way. Well, maybe “never” is a strong word. How about, “most of the time”. At any rate, I knew it was futile. Those parents of mine were resolute.

I love you so much, Mom. Thank you for being consistent, fun, Godly and resolute. I hope I can be half the woman you are, someday.

 

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4 Responses to "Happy Mother’s Day!-What I’ve learned."

  1. Mom says:

    You are already half the woman I am and much more my sweet daughter. I love you.

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  2. Heidi Dixon says:

    Hey Rebekah! Great post about motherhood in general, and your mom, specifically. I loved your list of childhood fun, and your memory of Mom’s quiet time. I imagined my boys saying that in the very distant future. Thank you, also for the consistency reminder. I don’t think us moms can have too many reminders about that (or fun)! Your Mom is a special lady, and the apple didn’t fall far from the tree.

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    • Rebekah says:

      Heidi-
      Thank you so much for taking the time to read my post. I love bragging on my mom. She’s pretty awesome. I really loved the pic of you and your mom. It’s funny-even though I know you are all grown up-that is how I still picture you when I think of you! I know you are a wonderful mother just from reading your blog. I’m so glad that we’ve reconnected again. God bless you!

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