From the very start of it all mothers sacrifice so much for their children both physically and emotionally. Besides the obvious of being pregnant it is a huge change in a mothers life to now all of a sudden realize they have a child to take around! I have heard people say that it is hard to raise a toddler.... well I am sure it was a harrowing experience for my mother to raise me at all stages of life.
Hopefully when I am a dad I don' have a child who is as crazy as myself.. but I am so grateful for my mom. Through thick and thin she was there for me the whole time. I definitely was not worthy of all of her love but nonetheless she gave it to me.
I remember art projects,
trips to Savannah
talking on lonnnng car rides
her constant "help" in school ;) (constantly checking on my grades which NOW I can say I am grateful for)
knowing something was wrong even if I said everything was ok
home ec tips
instilling in me a love of reading
not only teaching me, but showing me by example to treat others with respect
always trying to get me to "walk a mile in someones shoes"
hearing me out
supporting me at virtually all of my extra curricular events
going to bat for me when I needed her
taking pictures &
always encouraging me to be professional and mature
always "encouraging" me to write thank you notes....
second, third, and fourth chances
reassuring me that I won't be a failure in life...continually
and most importantly making sure that I follow my dreams no matter what.
Elder Jeffery R. Holland said in a talk given this October,
"Today I declare from this pulpit what has been said here before: that no love in mortality comes closer to approximating the pure love of Jesus Christ than the selfless love a devoted mother has for her child. When Isaiah, speaking messianically, wanted to convey Jehovah’s love, he invoked the image of a mother’s devotion. “Can a woman forget her sucking child?” he asks. How absurd, he implies, though not as absurd as thinking Christ will ever forget us.7
Love & hugs,