Mother’s Day is tomorrow, and while my (John) mom is no longer with us, the upcoming day has brought to mind a tapestry of impactful moments about my mom. As well, both Tammy and I have felt blessed over the decades by other women who have extended their “mom” role to embrace us and leave cherished deposits.
We came across this email sent to us by a man, whose wisdom has also inspired and led us for years, and his tribute to MOMS feels so right to send along. We hope you enjoy.
All the Best… John, Tammy & Family
Mothers are priceless gifts.
I am so thankful for my mom and who she was in my life from a very young age. My mom lost her husband at 20 years old. She was left with a broken heart and two small children. Despite the hurdles she had to jump over and the mountains she had to climb, she paved her way through life with incredible kindness and intense perseverance. My mother had a faith in me that drove me to pursue the dreams I had for my life. My mom was the angel on my shoulder, my cheerleader in the corner, and my greatest friend in the storms of life.
I married Kathy at 18 years old and shortly after had our first child; a beautiful baby girl that made us parents. I remember in that first year of parenthood I was in awe of the way Kathy took on the role of a mother. She maneuvered the new territory of motherhood with so much grace and patience. I watched Kathy raise our four children with an intention and care like none other. Then we became grandparents to 10 grandchildren. Our grandchildren just adore her — she is their safe place and biggest champion.
I have been incredibly touched by the mothers in my life! The truth is, mothers are the world changers and lifesavers in our lives. They have taught me some of my most valuable lessons that I wanted to share with you today:
- When you fall down, get back up! The mothers in my life taught me to never give up.
- How to serve. Mothers serve their children and family with their hearts wide open every day.
- How to believe in people. The mothers in my life see the gold in people even in the toughest situations.
- To love unconditionally. There might not be anything more impactful than this very thing; it’s a beautiful piece of the heart of God I’ve experienced through mothers.
- To be grateful in every season. The mothers in my life could have the worst day and still find a reason to make it their best.”
– Kris Valloton