Happy Mother's Day to all mothers, which means all women. Even if you aren't biologically a mother to someone you can still be a mother. Many women aren't able to have their own children but use their nurturing qualities to help others. Judy emailed me awhile ago and she was throwing her niece a birthday party at her house and had invited all her niece's friends. Wow! I call that mothering. I know that many times another person instead of a parent can touch a child and make a lasting impact that changes the whole direction of a child for the positive.
I know you've all heard, "It takes a whole community to raise a child." That is so true. I'd like to thank the numerous people that have had such a wonderful influence and impact on my children through the years. Many I know about and I'm sure there are others that I'm not aware of. Parents and family members of my children's friends, teachers, professors, church leaders, soccer coaches, music teachers, grandparents, aunts and uncles, etc. The list goes on and on. Thank you for all you have done to help Wayne and me with our children.
I'd especially like to thank my own mother, Donna Rhees White, on this Mother's Day for all she has done for me. She has always been there and I know has felt unappreciated and taken for granted at times. We all forgot to wish Mom "Happy Birthday" one year and it was that day I realized that a mom was actually a normal person with normal feelings. We've never forgotten her birthday since. For some reason as a self-centered child I thought it was my mom's job to do what she did for me. It took quite a few years I'm ashamed to say for me to realize that it was her choice to help me and to start appreciating all the service that she did in my behalf. Until becoming a mother myself I didn't realize all the sacrifices and unselfish service that she gave and still gives me.
Thank you so much mom for all those nights you stayed up late waiting for me, sewing my drill team outfits, and helping me with my school projects. Thank you for driving me to all my music, dance, baton, ice skating lessons and then waiting for me so I'd have a ride home. Thank you for sacrificing many of your own wants so I could have a new prom dress and a college education. Thank you for all the delicious home made meals and for making our home a secure and beautiful place to live. Thank you for sharing your faith with me and being such a good example for me to try and emulate. Thank you for your unselfish attitude, love and for sensing my needs. Thank you for listening to me go on and on about all my complaints and for your support in all that I do. Thank you for sharing your prospective of life when I needed some reassurance and direction. Thank you for loving me even when I was unlovable. Thank you for always being a woman with great integrity, perspective, faith and love. The list goes on and on. I couldn't even begin to list all that my mother has done for me.
I love these photos of my mom. Don't I have the most beautiful mother? I love you so much mom and will be eternally grateful for all the sacrifices you have made to make my life so secure, rich, and full. You are an angel mother!