100 Reasons We Love Our Mom


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I’m reblogging this post from May, 2013. Enjoy.

Most of us rarely consider the influence and impact our families have on us, and in particular, our Mothers. We start to realize that when we have a child or a loved one becomes ill, or they are gone. Our Mom’s impact us more that we really know (or want to admit). We are who we are largely because of our Moms. (For brothers, moms are critically important, but in a different way, but that’s another story.) My sisters and I decided to come up with a list of all the different ways our Mom has impacted us.  We believe most women will identify with these examples and come up with more for their own Mom.

 HERE ARE A FEW OF THE REASONS WE LOVE YOU

  1. She gave birth to me.
  2. She is my sister’s mom.
  3. She loves my Dad.
  4. She always took me to church (whether I wanted to go or not).
  5. And Youth Group.
  6. She made sure I had a nice smile (braces).
  7. She made sure the Weddings were “over the top.”
  8. She was there (holding my hands) at the birth of that first grandchild (and      more).
  9. She loves all her grandchildren and treats them all “fairly”.
  10. She loves her son-in-laws
  11. She taught me to cook.
  12. She taught me manners.
  13. She told me to always act and look like a lady, and wear lipstick.
  14. There’s always a couple of dollars in every note/card she sends.
  15. She loved me even when I was a “pain in the butt” and endured my “teenage drama” years.
  16. She’s got great decorating advice.
  17. She always knew the families before I was allowed to play with the kids.
  18. When you really care about something she will also care about it.
  19. She will always tell you that you look very pretty / nice, etc.
  20. She taught me to always write thank you notes.
  21. She thinks I am creative.
  22. She still spoils us at Christmas, anniversaries, birthdays, etc.
  23. She taught me to look for a bargain, or buy “on sale”.
  24. She taught us to always take a hot meal to a new neighbor and sick friend.
  25. She taught me how to entertain friends and do it well.
  26. There’s nothing like a home-cooked meal.
  27. It’s ok to have a glass of wine.
  28. She taught me to do laundry, correctly.
  29. She made me change the sheets every week and how to do “hospital”      corners.
  30. She taught me to set a pretty table for holiday meals.
  31. Having a family dinner together (almost) every night is wonderful.
  32. Say Grace.
  33. We always had handmade Easter dresses (they were usually matching).
  34. Our Easter baskets always had a Chocolate Rabbit and at least one toy.
  35. There was always a Hidden treasure in Christmas Stockings.
  36. Always save room for dessert.
  37. Fresh bread is always the best.
  38. A little prayer sure helps.
  39. Spoil your dog.
  40. She’ll send you a postcard when she goes on vacation.
  41. Wash your hands before you eat.
  42. Eat breakfast every day.
  43. Shopping is a sport.
  44. She told us to play nice with the other kids.
  45. Always told me to be nice person (period).
  46. She gave us piano & flute lessons
  47. Swimming and gymnastics lessons too.
  48. Shoes don’t have to match your purse.
  49. Wear clean underwear.
  50. You can do almost anything with a hot-glue gun.
  51. Brush and floss your teeth.
  52. Always take a jacket, and often an umbrella too.
  53. She never forgets a birthday/anniversary or other holiday.
  54. Took me to see grandparents quite often – the trip was across country.
  55. She told me to always keep a few dollars in my pocket for emergencies.
  56. She’s proud of us no matter what.
  57. Be sure to send Christmas cards.
  58. You can never have too many photos.
  59. She always made me try new foods, and made me eat my veggies.
  60. Have a hobby.
  61. Look for the good in everything and everyone.
  62. She passed down Grandma & Great Grandma keepsakes.
  63. She taught me to darn a sock and sew on a button.
  64. She taught me to share, especially ice cream cones and M & Ms.
  65. She always found ways to surprise us.
  66. A sack lunch is great.
  67. Always make the time to have lunch with friends.
  68. We always got a little gift when she returned from trips.
  69. Carry 2 pens, someone might need to borrow one.
  70. Carry lots of Kleenex, someone will need one.
  71. She cooked over an open campfire and can pitch a tent.
  72. She took me to a dermatologist.
  73. She picked great clothes and jewelry.
  74. Be sure to get your hair done, often.
  75. She still remembers my favorite dinner and dessert from childhood and still prepares it better than I do.
  76. Photos of my kids are on her fridge.
  77. Goes overboard when we come to town.
  78. She sends cards for all occasions
  79. Her fudge and pumpkin nut bread are “to die for.”
  80. She always makes my favorite pie.
  81. She always took a picture of us on the first day of school.
  82. She made me do things myself.
  83. Plan a get-away with your spouse at least once a year.
  84. Have a savings account and don’t break into it.
  85. Take care of your skin, even when you are young.
  86. Nurture your friendships; motherhood can be very lonely sometimes.
  87. Vote.
  88. She made sure we always got to see fireworks.
  89. She pumps her own gas
  90. Know what the organization really does before you donate to them.
  91. She sent really great care packages to me when I was stationed over seas.
  92. Don’t complain.
  93. She taught us how to make a decision, there are consequences to everything.
  94. You can have a good time without spending money.
  95. Use sunscreen and chap-stick.
  96. She doesn’t understand my jokes but she still laughs.
  97. She taught me to go above and beyond in my career.
  98. Visit the gravesite of loved ones when you are in town.
  99. She backed me up when I was blamed for something that I swore I didn’t do.
  100. She put up with all my childhood shenanigans and loves to tell everyone about them.

The list could go on and on, but we are stopping at 100.  Life is a constant learning experience. Some of us are fortunate enough to have our Moms with us for most of the ride. We still learn from our Mother and so do our children. We are who we are because of her. How would our lives have been different if our Mom was not a strong, compassionate and loving woman? We’re grateful that we will never know.

Blessings on your day.

100 Ways to Show Love for Your Husband


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Valentine’s Day is just two days away. It is a fun time to remember those we love the most. We’ll celebrate it with flowers, candy, date nights, jewelry, and even marriage proposals. Sadly, my husband is scheduled to work this Valentine’s Day. Fortunately, celebrating love is not reserved for one day a year. There’s always a reason to celebrate your love. Here are a few ways to always show  your love for your husband. 

 (I challenge a gentleman out there to come up with a list of ways to show love for your wife.)

 

  1. Always give him a big hug and kiss when he comes home (not a peck.)
  2. Hold hands whenever you can.
  3. Make eye contact frequently.
  4. Always wear your wedding ring.
  5. Tuck a love note in his pocket or briefcase, or stick it on his dashboard.
  6. Schedule frequent date nights.
  7. Stop on the way home from work to buy his favorite dessert.
  8. Call him at work just to say you were thinking about him.
  9. Listen, really listen to him.
  10. Be the first to say you are sorry, and really mean it.
  11. Take out the trash yourself.
  12. Watch football with him.
  13. Take a dance class together.
  14. Tell him that he’s handsome.
  15. Write your love story in a pretty journal and give it to him.
  16. Tell him what a great provider he is.
  17. Recreate your first date or other special memory.
  18. Make a really big deal of your anniversary.
  19. And his birthday.
  20. Take a shower together.
  21. Exercise together.
  22. Start a hobby you both love, like photography.
  23. Surprise him with tickets to his favorite sporting event.
  24. Make a list of why you love him, then give him the list.
  25. Make sure he gets some breakfast, or tuck a granola bar in his pocket.
  26. Tie his tie for him.
  27. Bring home a bottle of wine for no special reason.
  28. Skip the news and go to bed early.
  29. Sit next to each other instead of on opposite ends of the couch.
  30. Create a play list of romantic music you know your husband will enjoy.
  31. Compliment him in front of others.
  32. Leave a sweet comment on his Facebook wall.
  33. Go for a walk together.
  34. Plant a tree together and talk about how your love for him will continue to grow, like the tree.
  35. Light a candle at dinner time.
  36. When sitting at a table play footsie with him.
  37. Give him a massage or back rub.
  38. Meet for lunch during the week.
  39. Do something unexpected for him.
  40. Wash his car.
  41. Give him some space.
  42. Play a game with him, like backgammon.
  43. Sit next to him at a restaurant, not across from him.
  44. Praise him in front of the kids.
  45. Take coffee to him before he gets out of bed.
  46. Keep lots of photos of the two of you.
  47. Run your fingers through his hair when watching a movie.
  48. Tell him what you admire about him.
  49. Love his parents and siblings.
  50. Defend him to those who disrespectfully talkabout
  51. Pump your own gas and get your own oil changed.
  52. Make his favorite meal, for no particular reason.
  53. Get a couple’s massage.
  54. Invite him to take a bubble bath with you, complete with the candles and wine.
  55. Turn down his side of the bed and put a mint on the pillow.
  56. Write him a short poem or love letter then use Google Translator to translate the poem into French. (Give him the translation too.)
  57. Always look like a lady. Keep yourself fixed up for him. Do you hair and put on something nice, even if you’ve been cleaning the house all day.
  58. Drop off and pick up his dry cleaning.
  59. Put effort in to keep yourself in good shape so he’s proud to be with you.
  60. Bring him a glass of water or tea when he’s been working in the heat.
  61. Rub his feet when you’re watching TV.
  62. Set a picture of the two of you as the background on your phone.
  63. Let go of the small stuff. We all have annoying habits and preferences that are different from our husband’s.
  64. Work to get rid of habits that annoy him.
  65. Be a cheerleader for his successes.
  66. Tell him you love him and like him.
  67. Brag about him to others.
  68. When arguing, realize he has feelings also.
  69. Focus on what he’s doing right, instead of the negatives.
  70. Compliment him often.
  71. Flirt with him.
  72. Stop doing the dishes and slow dance with him in the kitchen.
  73. Don’t overcommit yourself. Leave time for him.
  74. Read the Five Love Languages together.
  75. Purposefully try to understand his feelings—even when you disagree with him.
  76. Show interest in his friends giving him some time with them
  77. Show interest in what he feels is important in life.
  78. Give him special time with you apart from the children.
  79. Find ways to show him you need him.
  80. Admit your mistakes; don’t be afraid to be humble. Peel away your pride.
  81. Email or text him when he’s at work, telling him how much you love him.
  82. Surprise him with a fun gift of some kind that he’d really enjoy.
  83. Reserve some energy for him so you’re not so tired when he wants you sexually.
  84. Take special notice for what he has done for you and the family.
  85. Honor him in front of the children.
  86. Get life insurance on yourself.
  87. Surprise him with a full tank of gas.
  88. Look out for his health. Schedule his dental appointments and yearly check-up.
  89. Buy a gift card to his favorite lunch restaurant then slip it into his wallet.
  90. Do little things for him—let him sleep in, iron his shirt, etc.
  91. Don’t belittle his intelligence or be cynical in your words with him.
  92. Initiate sex periodically. And respond more often.
  93. Go to a marriage seminar or retreat together.
  94. Sometimes let him enjoy his day off work without having to “work” at home.
  95. Sit with him while he’s watching TV—even if the program doesn’t interest you.
  96. Thank God for him.
  97. Trust him.
  98. Help your husband to be the Spiritual head at home.
  99. Pray for him
  100. Pray together.

 

May the Lord richly bless you marriage.

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Family Memories


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I wrote this piece a few years ago just before our family celebrated my in-laws 54th Wedding Anniversary. Today we celebrate their 57th Anniversary. Unfortunately, my mother-in-law’s memory and body has failed her, and now she is home-bound. There won’t be an anniversary outing this year, but there will be plenty of love. As you read, consider creating more of your own lasting family memories. They are priceless. 

The Anniversary Dinner (2011)

My Father-In-Law called the other night. He doesn’t usually call to talk to me, but to talk to his son; possibly because of the slight language barrier. My father-in-law is Cuban and although he speaks fluent English, his thick accent makes it hard to understand him sometimes. I have very little in common with my in-laws, and we have butted heads on more than one occasion (politics, childrearing, working moms, etc.)

Monday night was different, however. Gerardo started out by complimenting my cooking (more than usual) and my home, and then he asked me to plan and prepare a very nice anniversary dinner at my home, to include all the children and grandchildren that can be in attendance. My in-laws will be married 54 years this Sunday. So yes, I’m going to jump up and plan something very nice. He asked for an anniversary cake, steaks and whatever special accompaniments I could come up with. He told me to spare no expense. (That’s a major request from a family that celebrates its thriftiness.)

But there was more to the request. There were the unspoken words. Gerardo fears this may be his last anniversary meal with the love of his life. My mother-in-law is just not well. Since their elaborate 50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration, Haydee has suffered 2 major strokes and has other health issues. When I met my future mother-in-law (some 18+ years ago) she was still a vibrant woman, talked a mile a minute and could tell you every detail about her children and grandchildren. She cooked for huge family gatherings, able to feed a small army; a skill she honed because of the duties of being a Pastor’s wife, and raising 5 children. Now her memory is faltering and she can barely warm up prepared food items. He didn’t say it but my father-in-law mourns the changes in his wife and he only wishes to celebrate their life together, possibly this one last time. Heroes come in all sizes. In this case it’s a 79-year-old man planning a special outing for his very best friend – he wants it to be very special.

My children are fortunate; they have had the luxury of knowing both sets of grandparents. I don’t know how long that will last. My father was just diagnosed with cancer. So I’m going to make this evening special.  Children and grandchildren are coming in from out of town to surprise Gerardo and Haydee. The meal is planned. I’m pulling out the good china & wine glasses (when was the last time I did that?), table cloths, linen napkins and the like. I’m grateful I planted flowers on the patio last weekend. Haydee will like that. I have croquet, horseshoes and a lawn chess set to ensure a fun family gathering. I’m charging the batteries to every camera I can find. I’ll probably pick up a few disposable cameras too. After all, it’s not about the food, it’s about family.

Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Garro, and thank you for the example.

LIGHTHOUSES


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Navigating by the stars was how sailors found their way in ancient times. But what happened when it was dark and clouds blocked the stars? After many a shipwreck, lighthouses were built along coastlines to aid seamen in guiding them to their destinations.

2 Corinthians 4:6

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

The most famous and enduring light house is perhaps the lighthouse of Alexandria, Egypt. It stood in the Island of Pharos, in the Harbor of Alexandria, Egypt. It was finished around 280 BC, meaning it was standing at the time Christ was on earth. It was approximately 350 feet tall. This lighthouse lit up the harbor of Alexandria for 15 centuries, until it was destroyed by an earthquake in 1303 AD. Think about how many were saved by that single lighthouse over the centuries. How many more can be saved by the love and sacrifice of our Lord and Savior? Lighthouses are representative of the Christian faith for many reasons. Lighthouses represent God’s: Strength Lighthouses represent strength as they are able to withstand the elements of nature.

Philippians 4:13

I can do all this through him who gives me strength 

Joshua 1:9

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” 

Hope Lighthouses represent hope; hope that we will soon reach safety. With God there is always Hope. 

Psalm 33:20

We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. 

Proverbs 23:18

There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off. 

Endurance Lighthouses withstand the extreme elements of nature. God will stand firm against every adversity we face. 

Psalm 100:5

For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. 

Guidance The light from light houses guides sailors home just as the light of Christ guides people to their salvation. 

John 14:16

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 

James 1:5

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;  in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 1:5

Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance— 

Love Those light houses would not have been put along the rugged coast lines if someone didn’t care about the safety of those sailors. God’s love is infinitely greater than man’s love for each other.

Romans 8:38-39

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Sharing We are lighthouses. We are to share the light and be a beacon of hope in this dark world. We’re commanded to do this by the Great Commission, found in two gospels:

Matthew 28:19

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 

Mark 16:15

He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.

Isaiah 6:8

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”

And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Go Be A Light!

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God, the Interior Designer?


A couple in my church is adopting a child. Like all loving parents, they want things to be perfect for their little one’s arrival. Recently, they blogged about the shopping trip  they took to get the items needed for the child’s bedroom.

There was quite a shopping list. Now which bed and which mattress will make the little one feel the most comfortable? Which dresser will tiny hands be able to open and close easily? How do you decide on the artwork and bed linens when there are so many choices? I can picture them agonizing over every last detail. That’s love.

Then it dawned on me. God is preparing our rooms, in heaven.

John 14:1-3

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

Can you even begin to imagine the place God is preparing for us? Every little detail will be perfect, and designed specifically for us. That’s the love of a perfect parent.

Blessings on your day.

This post is dedicated to… well, you know who you are.

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Godly Friends


 “The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.” Proverbs 12:26

I’m picky about who I choose for my friends. I select like-minded, Christian people to call friends. I still associate with non-Christians, after all, I want to share Christ with them. But friends, I need to know they have my best interests at heart. We live in a very deceptive world. For some, it’s too easy to start walking down the wrong path. Usually you don’t even realize it is happening. Sin can be so subtle. That’s why fellowship with other believers is so important. We need each other to help us in our daily walk, to keep us on course, and to hold each other accountable.

Colossians 3:16

Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.

God created us for fellowship. Let your friends know how grateful you are to have them in your life.

I’m so grateful to God for each of my friends. That includes all the wonderful blogging friends I have made. Thank you for your love!

From a Mother to Her Child


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I chose to be your Mother.

I married a man who would be a great Dad.

I wanted you before you were conceived.

I dreamed of how life would be like for you. I planned the home you would live in, and the schools you would eventually attend.

I loved rocking you and singing you lullabies.

I helped you take your first step. I was there for your first word, first tooth, first boo-boo and first love.

I enjoyed reading you bedtime stories and tucking you into bed.

I chose to be a room mom and enjoyed hearing how well you were doing at parent-teacher conferences.

I enjoyed taking you to soccer and baseball practice, music lessons and recitals.

I pointed you out to the other moms and told them how proud I was of you.

I taught you to cook, drive and other important life lessons.

I prayed for your future. I prayed for your friends and future spouse.

I tried to give you wisdom so you could have a wonderful life.

Now it’s Mother’s Day, and I’m the one being honored for something I wanted all along.

How blessed I am.