A Happy Mother’s Day

by | May 13, 2013 | This Lefe Family

It’s been a beautiful Mother’s Day!

We enjoyed a lovely brunch with Bill’s family this morning. It was wonderful to spend time with family, and the food was delicious!

We picked up a few things to grill for dinner tonight, and after we arrived home, we changed into our comfy clothes and have spent the day together here at home. We all ended up taking a nap. I can’t remember the last time I did that, but I needed it–actually, we all needed it. We’ve been “burning the candle at both ends,” as Mom used to say. 🙂

My family has spoiled me once again with gifts and time with them. As I write this, Bill is making dinner… steaks, potatoes, broccoli, the works. I love having the day “off.” 🙂

My thoughts naturally have turned to my mom today. I’d love to spend Mother’s Day with her. What a beautiful example of a mother and woman she was. I found this picture of Mom and my brothers and me from years ago. I was probably three or four at the time.

Mom made our house a home. It was a home filled with love, acceptance and fun. There was no one else like Mom.

I spoke at a women’s luncheon yesterday on friendships and I shared a little about Mom…

“As a young girl, my first example of a friend was my mother, Margaret. There was no better friend, or woman in my opinion, than she. She showed me unconditional love. She showed me what it meant to have someone in your life who “had your back.” She believed in me and told me so. She encouraged me, she gave me tough love when I needed it, and she never gave up on me—even when I really messed up during my rebellious teenage years.

 

The Lord took Mom home in 2006, and, my life really hasn’t been the same since. If she was still on this earth, I know she’d be here with me today, and it would give me great joy to introduce her to you. She was not only a great mom to me, but she was also my best friend. I can see now that God used her to model to me and to others what true unconditional love looks like. I know that today she is secure in the Lord’s arms, and one splendid day, I’ll get to see her again and we’ll get to spend eternity together.”

She passed on some beautiful things to us kids. I’m glad she instilled how important family is, as my brothers and I are still so close today…in location and in relationship with each other. I’m very thankful for Marty, Steve and Pat today!

So I understand how Mother’s Day can be bittersweet for some. I mentioned that yesterday too…

“This Mother’s Day weekend is a great time to reach out. Believe it or not, not everyone enjoys Mother’s Day. There are many of us whom have a difficult time on this day. I, for one, have a difficult time walking through the Mother’s Day card aisle in the store. I read the card titles that say “from daughter” and I get choked up every time. I would give about anything to be able to give my mom a beautiful card. Maybe we’ve lost our moms, or maybe we don’t know who our mom is. Maybe we have lost our children in one way or another, or maybe we’ve never had children. Maybe we didn’t have a pleasant childhood and memories of our moms aren’t so nice. God calls us to mourn with those who are mourning and to celebrate with those who are celebrating. It’s a weekend we need to be sensitive to those around us, and it’s a perfect weekend to tell those girls in your circle just how special they are to you and to me.”

And if you have your mom still in your life today, I pray you’ve already told her how special she is to you.

I wish each of you moms a happy Mother’s Day, and I’m lifting up in prayer those of us who may be having a difficult day today as well.

You are loved and are special! Hugs to you!

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