My mom is my best friend. We often laugh until we're crying, read until we're asleep, shop until I've spent too much of her money, and shop at Wegmans until the cart is full and I've gotten my fill the grocery store that will always have my heart. More importantly, she knows me better than anyone. If I'm having a bad attitude, she is the one who will call me out on my actions and straighten me out. Though there have been times when I've hated that she keeps me accountable on everything, I've come to really appreciate her honesty and love that she has for me.
My mom is a great cook, excellent baker, and an avid tea drinker. There is always a cup of tea in the microwave that is either being heated up or has been forgotten and will just be rewarmed again. She is a hard worker, organizer, to-do list maker, and definitely not a procrastinator. For the past 15 years, she has taught Bible at a small Christian school. Her teaching style demands students to think beyond surface, ask the hard questions, illustrate themes, and hide God's Word in their hearts. She is someone who often underestimates the amount of influence she has had on numerous students and the impact that her wisdom has on other people's lives, including mine.
Even though for the past four years we've been over 500 miles apart, phone calls and emails have kept us together. Here are some memories that make me smile when I miss her:
-Reading aloud to Eric, Joel, and me as we played linclon logs and legos or rode along in the car while on vacation. She even lost her voice a couple times.
-Eating McDonalds at Vitale Park, overlooking the lake.
-Praying before going shopping so that we would find exactly what we needed.
-Watching Hogan's Heroes and adding Klink and Schlultz into our "good-looking men" category, along with Barney Fife. We just have this thing for geeky guys!
-Going to Williamsburg while the boys went to professional soccer games in Richmond.
-Having quality talks about life, choices, and the future.
My mom is quite a lady and I am proud to be her daughter. Thanks, Mom, for being exactly who God created you to be! I love you!