Today is my wonderful mother's birthday! One of the worst parts about living 1000 miles away from your loved ones is not being able to spend birthdays together. So we call. We video chat. And look forward to next Tuesday when we will be reunited.
I am blessed to have a mother that is also my friend. We are very similar in some ways and very different in some ways, but we have learned that our difference often compliment one another. We both love projects and getting things done. Any time I am in town, we always have a "to-do" list, but amidst the work we have a blast together. My mother is one of the strongest people I know. She truly exemplifies the woman of Proverbs 31. I often think of her when I read verse 25: "Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come." Observing my mother's relationship with the Lord throughout my life has strengthened my relationship with Him. I have watched my mother go through hard experiences, but she never falters and always relies on the Lord FIRST and foremost. She is not swayed by other people's opinions--she is unafraid to be her own person. These and so many more are the qualities that I love about her.
Mom, can't wait to see you next week. Get the to-do list ready! :)