Our moms teach us so many things–from how to make our bed to how to drive a car. My mom has taught me many things throughout my life. A few of the things that she taught me, I was eager to learn. But there were few things that I wasn’t such a willing participant but in the end, she was right.
Here is my short list of the six things that I learned from my mom.
- If you keep ice cream in the freezer, they will come. This is very important. My mom ALWAYS has ice cream cones, ice cream sandwiches, ice cream something in the freezer and guess what? We always stop by my parents house to get our fix of free ice cream. Sometimes, we each have our own box in her freezer!
- Vacations are important. Some of my earliest memories are of our family camping vacations. We went real camping–in a tent and not in a mega mansion on wheels. We slept on the hard ground, cooked over a camp fire and used the outhouse. My mother always told me the importance of make ahead camping meals, as this can save time and energy while camping. Every summer, my dad would schedule his vacation week and we would take off somewhere to camp. Oh, the memories! I sometimes wonder how we all survived. After I was married and had children, our vacations seemed to come to a pause. My husband and I were both busy working and my mom would tell us that we need to take our kids somewhere for a vacation. It didn’t matter where it was but it was something we need to do for them. We needed to let our children know that time with them with important.
- Always send a Thank You card. My mom always sends Thank You cards for everything and I mean everything. From a lunch to a small gift to a Christmas gift, she will send out a Thank you card to whomever gave her something. When our girls receive gifts from people, she always reminds them to send a Thank You card. She says it means something to people and lets them know that you value their time, effort, and that you appreciate them.
- Mean what you say and say what you mean. My mom has always said don’t say something unless you mean it and plan on following through with your promise–always keep your word! There were times when our girls were little and I would tell them, “If you do that one more time, I am throwing all of your toys away.” My mom looked at me and said, “Now you know you are not going to throw all of their toys away so why do you say it?” That instance right there changed the direction of my parenting. If I told the girls I was going to sometime, I meant that I was going to do it and had to follow through with it. I had to keep watch on what I said to them because I knew that I had to follow through. Sometimes, it was difficult to “follow through” but it taught our daughters if I say something–I meant it.
- Get up and go even when you do not feel like it. My mom is a hard worker and I do not really ever remember her missing work. When I was younger, we had church services four times a week. I do not ever remember her missing church. She would work all day, come homes and take care of the house and us bad kids, then go to church and start all it all over again the next morning. She did this every day of every week. I know there were lots of time that she didn’t feel good or was tired or was tired of us but she kept going and still does.
- Live your life according to The Bible and everything will be OK in the end. My mom is a firm believer in The Word of God, it is Truth and you live by the Truth. Mom taught me that God is in control even when it is bad. Even through life and even through death, God has His hand on our lives. We need to raise our children according to The Bible, we need to treat others according to The Bible, we need to trust and put our faith in God and in The Bible.
Not only has my mom influenced my life but also the lives of others. She is always there to lead a helping to anyone in need. I am so grateful for her love, guidance, direction, and leadership. I love my mom and appreciate all of her sacrifice and giving to us. When I grow up, I want to be just like her.