Monday, May 14, 2012
Mother's Day Treasures
This Mother's Day was so nice because my oldest daughter, Katie, had just returned from her first year of college the day before—so I was able to celebrate with both my favorite girls! As per our annual tradition, I received a delicious breakfast and lovely flowers, and then they took me to one of my favorite Seattle street markets and to see The Avengers movie later that evening (which I had been dying to see!).
At the market, I was happy to find some beautiful pearls and beads, which I'm looking forward to incorporating into some new jewelry designs. But by far, my greatest treasures of the day (and for the past 20 years) are my two precious daughters, Katie and Ashley! They have grown into such wonderful young women and now that we're finally getting over the tough "Teenageritis" phase, I can see where all our hard work as parents is finally showing the positive results. Katie even surprised me with a two-page letter that brought me to tears. Here's a little excerpt…
"…I am so thankful for everything you've done in my life and shaping me into the person I am today, even though I might not have realized it at the time. I'm so blessed to have you and there is no other mother in the world I would want instead."
There were a lot of other deeply moving things she wrote me that I prefer to keep private, but I don't think she'll mind my sharing this small part because I felt it would be such an encouragement to all you Moms out there who might be struggling in your relationships with your children right now. Her current attitude and amazing maturity over this past year are MILES away from what she had during most of her teenage years—which were filled with great frustration, fear, tears, and sometimes deep depression for me. My knees were worn out from all the praying her father and I did over her and I'm so happy (and relieved!) now to see that our "tough love" and perseverance has finally paid off.
So I just wanted to send out a message to any Mom who might be feeling as low as I was and dealing with a similar situation…hang in there, pray often, and stick with your convictions while still showing unfailing love for your children. God is always watching over all of you and I promise, things will get better and someday they will realize and be grateful for what a Treasure you are too! *Ü*