In recent weeks, having had the opportunity to be at home a lot, I have come to appreciate her even more. Michelle starts her day early each morning — whenever the first kid awakens, sometime between 6:00 and 7:00. Our children are 8 and 3, so our household stays quite busy from sun-up to sundown. Between calls for milk or juice and referreeing sibling disputes, Michelle seldom has any time for herself.
I think Michelle is a natural mom, although she admits that she doesn’t quite consider it a talent to make PB&J sandwiches with her eyes half-closed — which she does almost every morning. There are so many things involved in being a mom — little things, like signing homework papers and kissing injured body parts — and big things, like juggling endless piles of laundry, preparing nutritious meals, and keeping things well-organized.
It’s been said that moms are cooks, cleaners, chauffeurs, teachers, nurses, shoppers, family organizers, calendar-keepers, laundramat operators, entertainers, disciplinarians, and friends — just to name a few of the hats they wear. Mom is one of the few positions in the world that will NEVER face a lay-off. In fact, they seldom get a DAY off!
Moms have been multi-tasking since WAY before that word was in vogue. In addition to their visible everyday responsibilities, moms are tasked with something even more complex. They are charged with instilling faith, hope, and love in the lives of their children. Moms are on the frontlines in terms of helping children learn right from wrong. They are indispensable in promoting both compassion and self-confidence in their kids. I am so thankful that God provided me with a partner who excels in all these areas. Her contributions to our family no doubt often go unnoticed, because I know she does more things behind the scenes than I could ever really imagine.
But the most important thing Michelle does for our family is to be a godly role model for our kids. She models the love of Christ everytime she kisses me and tells me how much she loves me. . . every time she prays for me and the kids by name. . .and every time she chooses to practice patience when faced with trials and frustrations.
Don’t get me wrong. Michelle experiences that overwhelmed feeling from time to time. The good thing is that she only allows overwhelmed to be an occasional visitor in our home — not a permanent resident. And that in itself is a testimony of her grace as a mom.
I love watching Michelle grow as a mother — demonstrating understanding, compassion, and a keen sense of humor. Sometimes that sense of humor is all that gets her through the day!
This Mother’s Day I celebrate the one I always knew would be a terrific mom — my wife, my lover, and my very best friend. Michelle, thanks for being you! I love you bunches! And our kids do too!