Even though Baby Putman won’t be in my arms until November, this is, in a way, my first Mother’s Day. Brian insists that we celebrate and I’m ok with that because having a baby is pretty exciting. I don’t feel my baby moving around and kicking yet, but I sure do feel exhausted and my sore back. All signs that things are changing. Last Mother’s Day was a little hard for me since Brian and I longed for a child but didn’t have one yet, so this year we will celebrate.
Over the last 15 years, I have taught and cared for thousands of kids, I even have 6 nieces and nephews, but I know that being a mom will be completely different. Thankfully, God gave me a mom who is pretty amazing and so I can learn from her. So here are a few lessons from my mom.
This has always been big in my family. We know that God is in control so we have no reason to worry. I know that God hears my prayers and that He will take care of me. We prayed for a baby for a year and it was such a comfort knowing that God was listening, no matter what His answer may be. Now, I’m trusting God to take care of our baby while it’s still so small.
I’m on the left, followed by Alisha, Luci, and our mom.
Support Their Dreams
My parents have always supported my dreams, no matter how crazy they were. They supported me in many ways through college. They encouraged me whenever I went off to the Philippines, and then on to Seminary. They even supported me in marrying Brian and moving 200 miles away from home. I know they didn’t like me being so far away from home, but they supported my decision. And that means a lot.
It’s hard to know how much my parents actually gave up for me. But I know that they always put my needs and my sister’s needs first. My mom worked from home for many years so that we could stay home with her. They always made sure that we had what we needed.
Need and Want are Two Different Things
With that being said, they taught us the difference between needs and wants. We always had what we needed and sometimes what we wanted, but often we were taught to work for what we wanted. That might seem simple, but I’ve met adults who were given everything that they ever wanted and the result is often not pretty. I’d love to give my child everything that they want, but I know that I need to teach them right.
A little hard work never hurt anyone. One thing that I loved growing up was having a vegetable garden. It was hard work planted, pulling weeds, and harvesting, but the hard work paid off whenever we had vegetables all year long. Brian and I don’t have a garden, but someday we (and our kids) will.
Ok, so after reading this list I totally think that these are great life lessons for anyone, not just moms. I have lots to learn before November, but I am so thankful that I have a good role model.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the mother’s out there!!!
If you are a mom, what advice do you have for me? What have you learned from your mom?