Thursday, November 18, 2010

Gratitude Day 18

Today I am grateful for my mother. It isn't her birthday. She isn't even close to 74 :). But I am grateful for her today and everyday anyway.

My mother has been my north star. She has been the guiding force in my life to help me know right and wrong, polite and rude, appropriate or inappropriate. She has been the example to me of how to be a righteous woman and raise righteous children. She has helped me navigate dangerous waters of my youth with a firm and loving hand.

I never had a question about where my mother stood on any moral issue or church standard. And my dad was firmly with her in every case. They stood together. But it was my mother who taught the standards to me. I am so grateful to her for that sense of right and duty and love that she instilled in me. It has been an anchor to my soul as an adult.

I am so grateful for my mother and I feel honored to have been born to such a valiant, obedient, and loving woman.


Carolyn said...

I like your mom! ...and your dad too. So I'm grateful for them also. Love ya! See you soon (if we survive the drive).

Karen UK said...

I'm reading with my 7 and 8 year old looking over my shoulder. My 8 year old just said 'I didn't want Camille to die, she's cute.' He went realy sad. We talked about how you and others prayed when she was in the hospital and it led us to how families are forever and a bit about the plan of salvation. Thanks for your example.

The Fanning's Ark said...

Maybe you could share how your Mom used her "firm and loving hand" in more detail. I have two fast approaching early teens and I'm scared to death!