Okay, so mother gets breakfast in bed, nice new slippers from the kiddies and a kiss from father, accompanied by a big, fancy card, then dinner out at her favorite restaurant. (Her favorite, oddly enough, might just also be the favorite of Daddy and the kids! Mothers are like that you know.) Depending on the age of the mother, her dwelling might range anywhere from the family home (if her family is young) to her own home (if she and father are older or if she is now alone) to a nursing home (if she is advanced in years and in need of care.)
At any rate being a mother is not just limited to one special day a year. Motherhood is a lifetime adventure and it matters not whether she is holding her first newborn in the hospital, dreaming of the many years that lie ahead, or holding hands with that child as they look back over a lifetime of memories past.
My first wife, Mavis was, truly, a Proverbs 31 mother. By that I mean, she lived her life for her six children (one is in heaven), nine grandchildren, and of course, for me also. The life Mavis lived for her family was her lifetime of service to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I honor her for a life filled with beauty and love as she devoted herself to all of her kids. (Yes, “kids” there includes me!)
And then came the grandkids. Oh the joy the Lord allows when the time comes for parents to trade in their children for grandchildren! What was that saying? “Drop off the grandkids, let us spoil and enjoy them for a few days, then take them home ‘till next time.” HA!
But the time came in our family when Mavis’s Mother’s Days came to an end. That day, close to Mother’s Day, 2009, was when the cancer finally won the battle, ending her life on earth. Her Lord was there that morning to take her by the hand and lead her home to glory. She is missed by those of us she left behind, but life goes on for the family.
The Lord is good, bringing a new sweetheart to me several years ago. Of course Susan is quite a bit younger than I and not really “Grandma” to the grandchildren. Sue never had children of her own. But that doesn’t deter several in my clan — namely my son, Tim, and my grandson, Tyrell — from calling her “Grandma.” Sue, bless her heart, has taken all this in stride, acting out the honorary title.
Reflecting on my life, I think most men who are honest would agree with me; no man, as imperfect as we men are, deserves to be blessed with the love of one special woman, let alone two, whether she be called Sweetheart, Wife or Mother.
Lord bless and keep until next time,
NOTE: In order to best understand who we are and where our priorities are centered, you might want to go back to the beginning of our blogs and read at least our first blog post … “By Way of Introduction” … from October, 2011.
Addendum: Novels by Carl Peters, available on Amazon Kindle, above right:
Victory – Heroes are sometimes found in the most unusual places. Victory is the short story about a boy’s daydreams and how he learned “the secret formula of how to make his dreams come true” … from a most unusual friend. Victory is an animated fantasy adventure for the whole family.
The Tallest Angel – The inspirational family adventure novel based on the short story, Victory. This family story takes over where Victory ends, that is, AFTER RICHIE WAKES UP from his dream adventure! A fun story, part real life, part Disney-like animated fantasy, woven together to surely charm the kid in each of us.
Solo – A twenty-four year old Christian woman, Joy, is tempted to stray from her Lord. But through a series of unique, heaven-sent events she is befriended by Paul, an older man who steps in as the father figure Joy has not had for nine years. As their father – daughter friendship develops, Paul gives Joy much-needed wholesome Christian advice about life and marriage.
Transgression – Definitely an edgy John Grisham type novel. The story of a sinful preacher and the terrible consequences his sin brings upon his church family. The amazing part of this story is how the Lord eventually brings a silver lining out of the darkest storm clouds. This story is powerful, at times overwhelming, yet gentle in its application of God’s truths.