It's Mother's Day. I've got a really great Mother. She is kind, loving, stern, and has incredibly high expectations. Everything I learned about being a Mother was from her example. She taught me so many things about myself, the world, how to work, and how to entertain graciously. She gave of herself to more than just her children and grandchildren. She is a role model for all Mother's!
I've also had the fortunate blessing to have a bunch of other great Mother's in my life. Some have been surrogate Mother's to me living next door and growing up at their home. Some have been shining examples of what great Mother's do. Other's have taught me something along the way as they came into my life.
I'm blessed because not only did I have a great Mother, but my Mother had wonderful friends who were also great Mothers. She exposed me from a very early age to what wonderful mothers should be. She made sure that I was involved in church which showed me that great Mother's ensure that Christian principals are taught. She encouraged me to love, hug and express my love for those that are special to me.
As I grew older, one lesson I learned from Mother is that you are known by the company you keep. I feel blessed that so many of my dear friends are shining examples of great mothers. These are ladies that love their children, give of themselves and have hearts of gold. I'm so grateful to have these amazing examples in my life of such wonderful mothers. Their friendship makes me a better mother to Jake.
Lastly I am blessed to have married Ray who gave me two beautiful stepdaughters. I'm not their mom, but I love watching them be a Mom. They are Godly, loving, and kind. They provide warm and wonderful homes for my six grandchildren. They teach them how to have a heart for God, raise them in Christian homes and provide a real family life for them.
Really, all I can say is BLESSED.