Thank God for moms who provide examples

Sisters in Grace Tina Trout Terrell and  Christie Trout Stephens
Sisters in Grace
Tina Trout Terrell and
Christie Trout Stephens

“Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.” — Proverbs 31:28.
I woke up to little whispers trying to wake up their dad. Secretly, they had planned breakfast in bed for me on Mother’s Day.. I’m very thankful that Mike got up to make an eatable breakfast. (I don’t know if I could choke down burnt toast again from my sweet Emma learning how to use the toaster.) I closed my eyes and drifted back to sleep…until a pint-sized princess climbed in bed to scratch my back and whisper what my present was- “Ballooooooooons,” as Ellie says.

Then a parade of 3 kids and a husband came in wearing big smiles and carrying gifts. I think I have them fooled because  they sure did spoil me this year. First, each child presented a small balloon. (Ellie was the most excited.) Then Eli started chanting, “Big Box of Chocolates!” Emma hushed him and told him not to tell the gifts. The chant changed to “NOT a Big Box of Chocolates.” Silly Eli. Then I got a huge gift bag. All I asked for was some new tennis shoes since I’m in a little workout fad. I pulled out a very big box of chocolates that Emma picked out. I’m pretty sure they had ulterior motives behind getting it since all 3 kids had sneaky eyes and smiles when we opened it. They also got me workout clothes including socks with strips that supposedly support the arches of your feet when you workout. Mike was really proud of those. I got my new shoes- super colorful and way comfy, and I also pulled out a massage gift card. Wow! I really racked up!
A tray of breakfast food with biscuits, gravy, sausage, eggs, bacon, and hot coffee was placed in front of me. The kids almost became vultures swooping down at my plate, and then Mike shooed them out. I laid in bed eating a HOT meal (that rarely happens) in silence (something I haven’t heard in 7 years) without anyone asking for something, having to clean up spills, or trying to referee fights. Ahhhh….. This was nice. I also looked through a big stack of cards, pictures, and notes that the kids made for me. It was sweet. I really felt like a queen for the day.
Children are God’s gift to us. As a mom, I have an important responsibility to show them love and kindness and to teach them about God along with all of the other life lessons parents try to teach. Thank God for my own mother who is a wonderful example. It’s a 24-hour job with no pay, but the benefits are unbelievably awesome!
Happy Mother’s Day to all of the women who play an important role in the lives of others.
Tea cakes were a success! This was a collaboration of the SMACUM group. Thank you to everyone who ordered tea cakes.
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