Anyway

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My mom recently shared this poem with me, and it is a good reminder to keep on doing good even when you feel mistreated or like your efforts go unnoticed. It was a blessing to me, so I’m passing it along hoping that it is a blessing to you as well…

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Anyway

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered;
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God;
It was never between you and them anyway.

-Poem by Mother Teresa

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Many Blessings,

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A Beautiful Mom

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With Mother’s Day just around the corner, what better time to share a little story about a mom who is beautiful in my eyes…

She raised four kids and was a stay-at-home mom for many years. While her kids were young, her days often consisted of making homemade meals, keeping the house clean, changing cloth diapers, doing laundry, putting bandages on scraped knees, driving her kids to doctor’s appointments and singing lullabies to her kids at bedtime… just to name a few things.

Being a mom came natural to her.

She gave so much and never asked for anything in return. Her selfless spirit always made sure the needs of her kids were taken care of, before she took care of herself.

Her natural patience with little kids is amazing. Yes she faced some challenges as every mom does, but her nurturing and loving spirit always seemed to shine through… and it still does.

Her season as a stay-at-home mom eventually came to an end. She became a single mom and eventually a full-time working mom. Times were tough for a while and it was a struggle to make ends meet. Other family came alongside her and tried to help how they could.

Through it all, she did not give up but instead made the choice to persevere.  Her four kids were her motivation to keep going, especially through the difficult times. She always kept their best interest in mind and loved them dearly. It was evident that she would do anything for her kids. 

While she wishes that she could have given her kids more, what she may not realize is that she gave them something SO MUCH MORE than any amount of money can buy. She gave them unconditional love. She showed them grace. She taught them perseverance and she made sacrifices for them time and time again.

Her kids are now grown and some are married with kids of their own. She now claims the proud title of “Grandma” and she loves all her grand-babies so much. She continues to find so much joy in being a mom today and of course, a grandma too.

She may be an ordinary person, but she is an EXTRAORDINARY mom.

She loves the Lord and she is beautiful from the inside out—A true hero in my eyes.

I admire her. I respect her. I am forever grateful to her. 

And yes…

She is my beautiful mom.

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I know it is a little early, but Happy Mother’s Day to my beautiful Mom and to all the other mom’s out there! Your role as a mom matters so much. Keep on keeping on…

Many Blessings,

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