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by Andrea @ DaySpring May 4, 2016
I am an Auntie. My best friend from high school is now a mother of two. I've loved walking through all the different steps of life with her. When we met, we were just a couple of high school freshmen, still trying to figure out how to style our hair and pick out cute clothes. Years later, I stood next to her at her wedding. Now I get to see her be a mom.
I've loved watching my friend bring her own style and personality into motherhood. We don't live in the same city anymore, but when we do get to see each other the hang-out time is much different than it was before. It's now full of Disney-song karaoke, helping Barbie accessorize, and a lot of real talk about the joys and struggles of motherhood. Actually, I know we had the real talk and we might have had the Disney-song karaoke before she had two little girls, so I suppose our hang-out time isn't that different...
I'm not a mom, but I've spent enough time with moms to say that they are some of my heroes. They're loving their kids without always getting praise or recognition for it. They're looking for Jesus between nap time and snack time. Sometimes serving the Lord is just being faithful with what's in front of us, while not giving up on the bigger dreams of our heart, and moms are living in the midst of that. This week will be one to celebrate mothers for all those reasons and many more, I’m sure.
Whether it's your own mom, a friend who's a mom, a grandmother, or anyone else, here are a few practical ideas for celebrating the mothers around you:
1. Kind words: Recognition is always a great idea. People need to know they're doing a good job. Even if they believe they are, it's nice to hear it from someone else once in a while. The older I get, the more thankful I am for my mom. When I see the ways she's impacted my life and all she's done to set me up for success, I try to find a way to let her know. Sometimes it's a phone call or a message, but I also love sending cards as well so she can keep them and look back on them later on.
2. Thoughtful gifts. I love when I'm walking through a store, and I see something that reminds me of an inside joke or an attribute I love about one of my friends. These are my favorite kind of gifts to give. These gifts say, "I know you, I love you, and I was thinking of you." I know the moms in my life are often thinking about everyone else but themselves. I love being able to give them something that says they are thought of and appreciated as well. Gifts like this cherished necklace are great because mom can wear it as a constant reminder.
3. Babysitting: Sometimes, mom just needs some "Mom time." It doesn't have to be a long commitment. An hour to themselves can be the equivalent of vacation for a lot of moms. Maybe just a store outing, alone, with no one attached to her is all she needs. Moms can do this for each other as well. Take care of a friend's kids for a while, and she can do the same for you.
4. Spending time with her and her kids. I love this one because being a mom drastically changes your social life, and it's nice to have friends that meet you where you're at. Like I said before, now that my best friend has kids, the hang-out time has changed. There are now Barbies involved and our conversations are sometimes interrupted with snack requests or diaper changes. It’s okay though, because I love my friend, and I love her kids. One day she will be required to love me and my kids. I believe this is written in the friendship handbook somewhere...
5. Acts of service. Sometimes the most practical thing is the best gift. Clean the kitchen after dinner. Cook for her, vacuum the floor, or fold some laundry. When I visit my mom, I know one of the biggest gifts I can give her is a clean house or a meal on the table. Husbands, sometimes the best way to make your wife feel loved and taken care of is to do the dishes or put away some laundry.
Moms are some of the most giving people on the planet. Many of us wouldn't be where we are without them. Take some time to celebrate the mothers in your life this week. Romans 12:10 (ESV) says to "outdo one another in showing honor". Honor the friends trying to figure out how to balance the busyness of motherhood. Honor the mothers who have loved unconditionally and given so much for you to be where you are. Honor the grandmothers who have given wise advice and built a lot of what we stand on today. Think about how much they mean to you, and let them know how thankful you are for them with an encouraging eCard.
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