My mom has many gifts and many positive qualities, so today I am going to highlight the best of the best of my mom, Mary.
2. My mother is a wonderful planner. Perhaps I respect this so much because it is such a weakness of mine. She can plan a week's worth of meals (breakfasts, lunches, AND dinners) for a crowd and have the whole schedule run smoothly, making emergency substitutions without breaking a sweat. She thinks of every possible scenario (rain plan, sick plan) and is forever prepared, just-in-case. She has anticipated every possible treat that we could want: hot chocolate on a cold night, skinny cows in the freezer, popcorn to go with the movie, and recipes to try with the kids.
4. My mother is a nurturer to the core. She is the one who has made the house just right for your arrival (fresh sheets, candles lit, food bubbling on the stove, and favorite drinks waiting in the fridge). With her grandchildren she reads book after book, completes puzzle after puzzle, gives space and time for craft after craft (my personal favorite, hahahahaha) and always has some warm treat for after dinner. She is the one who knows your favorite (meal, drink, snack, treat) and makes sure it is stocked in abundance when you visit. I love that.
5. My mother is brave. While there are many things to write about in this section, I am most impressed by her willingness and dedication to my sister and to me as demonstrated by her jumping on an airplane to travel with both of us when we adopted. In 2008, my sister adopted from Kazakhstan and stayed in country two months (!!!!) to complete everything, with my mother by her side, having never traveled internationally before. When we traveled last year to Rwanda, she was her extremely competent self in packing for everyone and forgetting nothing, stepping up when needed, being extremely easy to get along with, and giving all of us a much needed smile or break when we needed it.
|First night in Rwanda|
But she loves.
And that has made all the difference.
Happy Mother's Day, Mom.
I love you!