Friday, November 11, 2011
24 Days of Thanksgiving: Day 11
She taught me how to cook, how to sew, how to do bookwork, and how to be a helper. If there was a skill I wanted to learn that she didn't know, she would find someone who did know how so I could learn from them. She instilled a love for the home family in me that I don't think will ever go away. I have seen the love she has for Daddy, for her children and for her home and how completely happy and satisfied she is with what the Lord has given her. That speaks volumes in this world where women are always trying to "find themselves" and find fulfillment.
My mom is very humble, not quick to bring attention to herself or her accomplishments. So I will :)
I'm convinced if there is a such a thing as Superwoman, that's my mom. Not only does she homeschool all of my school age siblings--from high school to pre-K--she is the secretary and accountant for my Dad's business. She is an amazing cook and seamstress, and accomplished organist. I'm told that she was once very much at home on horseback, but I don't remember it because once she starting having children she gave it up.
She is considered a homeschool veteran, as she has graduated two and has another one nearing graduation. She has always been around to help counsel people who are considering homeschooling and has helped many families in our area get started.
We are best friends, and have been for as long as I can remember. We have grown even closer since I married. She is the first person I go to when I need advice or a sounding board. She is someone who I know will not steer me wrong, and always encourages me to love my husband and honor him and put him first.
She has shown me how to be a good mother and a good teacher. She and Daddy were brave when they began homeschooling me in kindergarten and made the choice to opt out of the public school system.
She gave birth to my last three siblings at home with a midwife, and showed me that labor and giving birth, while it's hard, it's not something to be feared. I am so glad I was able to be with her and witness my sister's births.
She and Daddy have been married almost 26 years. They are even more madly in love now than when they started 26 years ago. My mom adores my father and he feels the same way about her. I try to treat my husband like a king, just the way Mama has always treated Daddy. People are often surprised at me and some of the things I do for Jacob, and laugh and say "Well, you're still newlyweds. All that won't last long." Jacob is quick to tell them that his in-laws have been married over 20 years and are still the same. :)
She is truly a Titus 2 and Proverbs 31 lady. I want to be just like her.
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