Romans 12:1-2

So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. Romans 12:1-2

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Thank You Mom - For The One Thousand Moms Project

1000 Moms Project

Last summer I read through the book One Thousand Gifts with a group of ladies at church.  I'm on my second thousand this year and today when I was reading Ann's blog, I read about the One Thousand Moms project and was hooked!

So, I am going to use this blog post to publicly thank my Mom.  I could relate to some of what Ann wrote in this post in relation to her Mom.  I too have walked the halls of locked psychiatric wards visiting Mom - I have as a preteen, and at sixteen and again as an adult in the month before Mom died.  "And the demons that seemed to descend took beautiful my Mama away from me, from us — to hospitals and psychiatric wards throughout my childhood".  My Mom didn't lose an eighteen month old like Ann's did, but Mom had her share of losses and was lied to by an institution she should have been able to trust.  That tormented her and I can only guess at her other sources of mental anguish.

I know however, that Mom was 100% committed to me.  In the late evenings when I am at "home" (meaning where I grew up) mowing, I am not overwhelmed with pain, I am thankful.  Oddly, I relish the peace there.  I say oddly because I know Mom didn't experience much peace.

So I join in here to say thank you to my Mom (Oh how I wish I could share it with her!).  I am thankful for all the tests she helped me study for, all the snacks she made, all the times she waited in snow or cold for the bus so I wouldn't have to, for singing with me on the way to school, and for loving me unconditionally.

Mom would have been delighted to know she's caring for other moms through One Thousand Moms.  My Mom was a giver.

Absolutely NO comments about my highwater pants allowed!  I framed this picture for Mom's
last Mother's Day (it's on my desk now.)

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