Friday, May 11, 2012

To My Mama

Dear Mama,

I don't know what I'd do without you. You probably never would have thought in my door-slamming, attitude-slinging teenage years that someday you would be one of my best friends - but you really are!  I'm not sure how you withstood my ability to string not-so-nice words together, but I'm so glad that you loved me through it all. I miss you and look forward to talking to you everyday. Maybe someday we'll live within 30 minutes of each other again! For now, phone calls and Skype chats will have to do.

You have always been an incredible mom. You were truly there for all four of us, and I think it shows in who we are today. I look back now and I see a present, happy mom who loved playing with us, creating with us, and making our lives as joy-filled as possible. Even when you were working, you always made time for us. Your presence at our games, classes, recitals, and church events instilled in us the knowledge that we were deeply loved and cared for.

You have an amazing gift of being able to see the best in people. You see the treasure that is inside each person and you call out that treasure. There is never anyone who is too hard-hearted, tough, or haughty for you; your graciousness, humor, and deep discernment always break through their barriers. You are so compassionate. I can remember countless times of you sitting with someone as they poured their hearts out to you. You lovingly challenged them, sometimes made fun of them :), but always guided them towards truth and towards Jesus. I pray that I can have that gift as I grow in my walk with Christ. I think you've changed the minds of MANY people who thought that Christians were judgmental, close-minded or strange. You've represented Jesus well.

You are generous, you are the best gift-giver EVER, and you are so good at making things FUN! I think that's why you're such an amazing Grandma. I love the way that your heart shines when all four of your kids are together, and now when all of your grandkids are in one room. I am so excited to watch your relationship with Nicholas grow. He already loves his Grandma Nina.

Thank you for leaving your husband, your other pregnant daughter, and your grandson at home to be with me in Montana while I was waiting to have Nicholas. That time was truly precious to me. I can't imagine not having you there to hold my son when he was first born. I know that you sacrificed a lot to be there, but I also know it was your joy. You are an amazing mother.

Now that I'm a mom, I look back at my life and I see the hundreds upon hundreds of sacrifices you and Dad made for us. You served us when we didn't say thank you. You loved us when we were disobedient. You prayed for us when we rebelled. You held us when our hearts were broken. You poured your love out for us, just like Jesus did. Thank you Mom. If I can be anything like you as a Mother, my children will be incredibly blessed.


  1. What a beautiful post! Moms are wonderful aren't they? And how special that you are now a mom too! Happy Mother's Day!

  2. Beautifully said, Mackenzie!! I don't know your mom, but I think you are a reflection of her selfless love and character. Happy Mother's Day!!

  3. Moms are the best! To answer you question on my blog, I am praying hard about it and discussing it with my husband. I really want to go! It would be awesome to "know" some girls that are going! Keep me updated!

    Happy mother's day to you!

  4. This is a truly beautiful post.

    Happy Mother's Day.



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