Saturday, May 8, 2010

Happy Mother's Day...



Vanessa Mary Patrice, our brand new baby girl, named after three incredible women. I have something most don't. I have three moms to honor today. When my first mom died I felt like I missed something that all other girls get and in ways I did miss out, but God kept his promise and provided all I needed and more. God blessed me with two more women in my life to teach me things and love me in a way my first mom never could.

I learned to pray and stay faithful in trials from my mom, Vanessa. She was a solid rock. Her faith never wavered and she always put the needs of us girls ahead of her own. She prayed for me and my sisters consistently and I believe God is still answering her prayers in my life today. I pray that Vanessa will grow up into a faithful woman of God and follow in her grandmothers footsteps.

I am learning wisdom and hope from my mom, Mary Lisa. She has insight and words of wisdom more than almost anyone I know. She leads by example. She knows when it's wise to speak and when it's better to keep quiet. She's taught me that love believes the best in others. She believed in me and had hope that God was working in me when I was at my worst. She always has hope for the best and trusts God's plan. I pray for Vanessa Mary to grow in wisdom like her Nana. I pray that she learns to guard her tongue. And I pray she chooses to hope in God.

I am learning to sacrifice and love from my mother in law, Patrice. Mary Lisa prayed and prayed that I would marry into a godly, loving family. I didn't really care what kind of family the guy had, I just wanted a good guy. I'm so glad she prayed that for me! Now being married I see what an incredible blessing it is to have married into such an wonderful family. My mom also prayed that my mother in law would be a mom to me. I also didn't understand this prayer. She was my mom, why did I need two? Again, my mom is so wise and knew how great it would be to have another woman in my life. Patrice fulfills things in my life that my mom doesn't. She teaches me things I would have never learned. She cares for me like a daughter and loves me deeply.

At first, Caleb and I were going to name Vanessa Mary after my moms. Caleb always says my mom is made up of two women, but after we decided that I felt like I was leaving someone out. God actually made my mom up of three women and I couldn't leave one out. Patrice is just as much my mom as my first two.

She loves like no one else I know. Her love is deep and passionate. It's hard to describe cause there's nothing like it. Her love gives you a little glimpse into Christ's love for us. She sacrifices. She gives of her time, resources, and energy. She gives all of herself for you. I pray that Vanessa Mary Patrice, learns to love like her Yiayia loves. I pray she watches her example and sacrifices her desires for others.

Happy Mother's Day to all my incredible Mom's. I love you all so much and can't believe how blessed I am to have you in my life!

1 comment:

Patrice said...

Thank you so very much for these words of appreciation. They have touched me deeply. I am honored to be your mother. You bring such joy and love to our family…thank you! Praise God from whom all blessings flow!!! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

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