Thursday, May 10, 2007

Mom to the Rescue

It's been awhile since I have written anything, but there's a good reason. I have been feeling quite sick lately; not the virus type of sick, but the 'I have a little person growing inside me' sick! Yes, we are going to have another sweet little one, on or around December 21! Last week was a particularly hard week. I was struggling with constant nausea, daily vomiting (too much information?), and feeling very tired. You can imagine that all that doesn't promise a happy and productive school day with the kids. So, Kevin called my Mom and asked her to come help me for a few days, and, being the wonderful and selfless woman she is, she drove up last Sunday. It has been a wonderful week--I feel like a kid again, and my Mom is babying ME! She has tirelessly done loads of laundry, cooking, bathing and playing with kids, helping with school, and even the hated IRONING. I have enjoyed sleeping in and taking naps frequently, completely able to relax knowing that all the kids would RATHER be with Grandma!

So, I am really thankful to the Lord that he has blessed me with a Mother such as this. I want to be a servant to my children and grandchildren just like her someday. It has been years since I have been with Mom on Mother's Day, so that's a treat, too. Also, I must thank my dear ol' Dad for giving Mom up for a week, even though he had some unpleasant dental stuff to have done and heal from. Thanks, Dad, for your sacrifice too.

Here's a little tribute to you, Mom. I love you!

Proverbs 31, verses 10-30:

"A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.."

I know that Dad feels this way about you, Mom!

"She selects the wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar."

You always made special dresses and costumes for us as kids, and always made sure that we ate healthily because you wanted the best for us.

"She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls."

My kids say, "We know that when Grandma gets up early, she's making us something good for breakfast, like eggs and pancakes!"

"She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard."

You have always been wise with money and had a head for business.

"She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks."

Sometimes, I think you work a little too vigorously!

"She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers. She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy."

You have such a soft heart for others and sacrifice weekly of your time and talents to help others.

"When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple."

You always took care of your family and home, even though you were a busy working mother. You made home a beautiful and pleasant place to be.

"Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land."

We all know you make Dad look good!

"She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes. She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come."

You trust the Lord with your future.

"She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her. "Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all." Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised."

I love you, Mom! You are truly "blessed".


Franck Barfety said...

Congratulations! Your new little one will be as blessed as your other children to have a Mom like you (Dad isn't too bad either)
-- From the Barfety Family

velvet said...

WOW! Congratulations. Wish I could talk to you. Your Mom is as beautiful as she looks. Hello Barb. I really love you guys.

Cristina said...

Congratulations you guys! That's GREAT news! Hope you get to feeling better!

Elaine said...

Congratulations to you both! Candice you continue to amaze me with your grace and beauty. I don't know how you do it, but you inspire me.