Tuesday, November 18, 2008

My Best Friend

Continuing in my series...
My mom is truly a Proverbs 31 woman. She has toiled and worked, prayed and interceded, provided and nourished, taught and nurtured for my family. She is the glue that holds the members of our family together and a pillar that holds us up. In the midst of sorrow or celebration, she is there to comfort or rejoice. There is nothing like being held in her arms, knowing that she was the first to hold me when I took my first breath and knowing that she prayed for me before I was born. The love of my mother is something that I will not understand the depth of until I become one myself.

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!


Anonymous said...

Moms are amazing!!! my mom did this with us also - Praying before going shopping so that we would find exactly what we needed.

We are so blessed to have such great moms!!! :)

Mom said...

My precious Esther Joy,
How God has blessed me with having you as my daughter! I vividly remember the night that I realized that I would never have a daughter, and I had to fully surrender that deep desire to the Lord. It was agonizing, but He gave me peace when the night-long struggle was ended. Years later, a visiting prophet told me that God was about to pick up something precious that I had laid on His altar, and He would give it back to me. I had no idea what the man was talking about. But sometime later came the word directly from the Lord: "I have another child for you, and her name is Esther." I know this story is familiar to you, but it's so dear to me, because you have not only been my daughter, but you've been a love gift from my Father. And an even more dear gift because it's one that I thought I would never have. God has given us each other, and His blessing is rich.
Thank you for cultivating a heart that is open to the Lord, a heart full of love and devotion to Him. Thank you for walking in integrity and purity, for honoring God in the choices that you make. Thank you for times of worship and laughter and talking and enjoying each other. May we have many, many more wonderful times in the years ahead!
I love you.
Love, Mom

P.S. Klink, Schultz, and Barney are not geeks! How can you say that about such handsome, capable, intelligent men?! :-)