You Surpass Them All

Happy Mother’s Day!

Today is the very best day to focus on the blessings in my life, and the beautiful family that the Lord has given me.

This will be the most quoted scripture of the day, but Proverbs 31:28-29 sums up the blessings of being a wife and mother . . .

My day began with Sunday worship, followed by a surprise Mother’s Day brunch, alone with my husband.

This was the view from our window seat overlooking a soggy West Market Street from Casa Nostra. (Definitely worth checking out, NoVa friends!)

I neglected to take a photo of my first course Caesar salad, but it set the stage perfectly for the main course of pan-seared salmon with ricotta gnocchi and a pesto cream sauce. And, no Italian brunch would be complete without Tiramisu. It was a decadent meal!

I returned home and was showered with Mother’s Day cards from both children, flowers, goodies and a Kohl’s gift card. (My son knows me well 😉.) And no Mother’s Day would be complete without a long, lazy nap.

My own mother and late mother-in-law are examples of women who deeply loved and sacrificed for their families. They were both raised during the Depression and knew the meaning of hardship. I believe this helped them raise their families on a shoestring budget, while creatively stretching every dollar. They were frugal shoppers, skilled seamstresses, and round-the-clock nurses. Multi-tasking wasn’t a term in the 60’s and 70’s, yet they were the pioneers. Many mothers left their homes when the kids went off to school, and took up careers of their own.

Mother’s Day looked very different when we were kids. I don’t remember bringing Mom breakfast in bed, but she usually got a break from cooking. That meant going out to dinner or ordering takeout, which was a special treat for our family.

And even though it was a holiday in her honor, like all other moms, she still did a lot of the usual tasks that day in preparation for the week ahead. In that spirit, I made my weekly run to Wegman’s today, and am knee-deep in laundry as I type.

So, thank you to all the moms who came before my generation, setting the bar and guiding our feet in paths toward the future. You have inspired us, guided us, and made us proud to bear the title of mother — or mentor — to the children in our lives. 💕

Abundant Blessings

In my life, I have been abundantly blessed. I have a loving, supportive family, many wonderful friends, a beautiful home, and a fulfilling job. But it is my faith in God that has provided a foundation for my life, and has kept me strong through the darkest times.

Trusting God through the toughest challenges in life has not always been easy, but it has provided me with a greater sense of freedom. It allows me to step aside and let go of things beyond my control. This is easier now that I can look back and recall the many ways God guided me, or my loved ones, through some seemingly hopeless situations.

How often I remember trying to force my way through a challenge, thinking my path was the best way forward. Through a lot of trial and error, I learned that is never the best way unless I seek God’s guidance first.

This Thanksgiving week, I am thankful for a God who forgives me time and again for thinking I always know what’s best. (I don’t.) I am thankful for a God who loves me even when I’m convinced I can go it alone. (I can’t.) And I am thankful for a God who is bigger than whatever life dishes out. (He is!)

As you gather around the table, wherever it may be, may gratitude fill your heart, and may the Lord bless you abundantly.