Happy Mother’s Day!

What I learned from my mom about "Making It Special"

Growing up we never had a lot of money but we had lots of love!  My Dad was a pastor in North Alabama.  My Mom was a stay at home mom for many of those years.  I watched my parents work hard to provide for my sister, brother and myself.  My Mom made our clothes, my dad fixed our cars and anything else that broke.  They planted and cared for a one acre garden to provide our food. Mom canned and froze all of the vegetables they had grown to provide for us in the winter. My mom cut all of our hair to save money. No… she was not licensed.  That might have help by the looks of some of my hairstyles, but it saved us money!:)  There wasn't anything they couldn't do!   The lack of money never kept us from feeling “Special.”    Every “Special” occasion my mom would make my sister and me a beautiful new outfit.  Birthdays were always the best!  She would always make our favorite “Special” meal and bake us our favorite “Special” birthday cake.  She would serve us on her “Special” dishes. “Special” didn't stop at birthdays.  We had “Special” clothes and “Special” shoes we could only wear to church or to other “Special” events.   Christmas was “Special” on steroids.  Everything was beautifully decorated.  I remember her even making her own candles. I believed in Santa Claus till the 6th grade because I knew there was no way he couldn't be real, my parents couldn't afford all the “Special” things we got.  Even though my grandmother lived only walking distance from our home, every Christmas Eve we would dress in our very best “Special” clothes to wear to her house for our “Special” family Christmas Eve dinner.  Yes, we would wear beautiful “Special” matching outfits that my mom had made for that “Special” dinner.  Still to this day, when I travel home from Dallas to Alabama, I arrive home to my Mom’s table set with her “Special” finest linen tablecloth, her “Special” china, crystal and silver. Of course there is a plethora of “Special” dishes that she has spent two day preparing, as well as an array of “Special” desserts. I leave gaining 5lbs every time, but it is always “Special!”

There is no extent that my mom doesn't go to make things, “Special!”  I must share with you one of my most “Special " memories of my Mom that I love so much!  It makes me smile and laugh, but most of all feel so “Special” and loved.    When I got engaged and started planning our wedding, there wasn’t enough money for a caterer, wedding planner or a florist to do the flowers… there was my mom. She did it all!!  One day I came home from college to find the most beautiful flowers on the dining room table. They were the perfect color for my wedding…. Mauve!  How many of you remember that “Special” HOT color from the 80’s? haha   I asked my mom where they came from? Her reply was, “God gave them to us!”  My reply was, “Really, Mom!  Where did they come from?”  She continued to evade my questions.  Now, let me set the stage for the answer.  Remember…. My dad was a pastor, we lived in the parsonage right next to the church… which was RIGHT next to the cemetery.   Are you seeing where this story is going????  Finally, my mom told me the people cleaning off the cemetery stopped by to see if she wanted any of the flowers.  My sweet mom climbed up in the back of that huge truck to dig through all of those cemetery flowers to find the perfect “Special” ones for my wedding.  Those cemetery flowers were turned into beautiful arrangements with her “Special” touch.  Still to this day back home people still mention what a beautiful wedding we had. They always say it was one of the prettiest weddings they have ever attended. It was “Special!” I now know God did provide those flowers because my mom prayed He would.  He did provide in His own “Special” way! I believe God has a great sense of humor!

Now you know the rest of the story.  You now know why I love ‘Special!”    My mom made me fall in love with “Special.” My mom is “Special!”  What a blessed life I have been given.  I have heard it said, “That people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.  I will never forget how “Special” my mom has made me feel all these years!

My mom is the picture of a Proverbs 31 woman.

Vs 10 “A woman of noble character, who can find?  She is worth more that rubies.” That’s my mom!

Vs 28 – 30. “Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.  Charm is deceptive, beauty fades away, but a women who fears the Lord is to be praised”

My mom’s grows more beautiful every year.  I am so thrilled to introduce you to her and honor her on this very “Special” day!

Happy Mother’s Day Mom! I love you!!!  Thanks for all you do!

As I write this, I am reminded that so many of you reading this may never had that love in your life. Maybe you were raised without your mom.   Maybe you never had anyone make you feel “Special” or loved.  That makes me sad!   I want you to know that YOU are “Special!” I read just this morning Ephesians 2:10.  “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us ( YOU) long ago.”   This verse is all about “Special.”  God made you “Special” and He has a “Special” plan just for YOU! He loves YOU!  That is the most special of “Special!” to be loved by God!

 

Happy Mother’s Day – You are “Special” and loved!!

Penny