Monday, February 09, 2009


As I approach the time that I will physically become a mother, I find myself reflecting on my own mother a lot. And I'm realizing that she, in fact, does know best. She became my mom when she was only 22 and when my dad was working on his Master's degree. They lived in married housing at the university at the time and tell the story about how they had so little money that they once had to share a Krystal hamburger for dinner. I can only imagine that she was scared at times.

My mom stayed at home with my siblings and I for the most part and this is a blessing I cannot even begin to describe. She was always there for everything from tee-ball practice to parent breakfasts at school and we had dinner together every night when my dad came home from work. Um, and did I mention that she's an amazing cook? My favorite meals are still ones that she makes. The thing about her staying home was that, I'm sure that my parents couldn't afford it by today's standards. It wasn't until I was older that my mom began to get new clothes. She always wore hand-me-downs, but we always had new things. Still, I cannot think of a trully more beautiful woman. She cried with us-wait no-cries with us, laughs with us, and to this day will do anything we need her to.

Right now, not only is she my mom and about to become a grandmother, she's the mom of a 4-year old preschooler who has to go to speech therapy 4 times a week, a kindergartener with the personality and attitude of a 16-year-old, a 21-year-old pre-med student, and a 24-year-old nurse. (And you and I thought we had our hands full!) She and my dad have prayed for us every day of our lives and have consistently pointed us to Christ in their words and actions. I know that God is faithful to me in large part because of the visibly tangible faithfulness of my mom and dad to one another and to my brothers and sisters and I.

Secretly, my biggest fear has been that I will not be as good of a mother as she is. But I know that her secret is really no secret at all. She walks in God's grace, loving and sacrificing for her children and husband. My prayer is that I will do the same for B and Els.

I love you Mamma. You are trully Blessed.


Brittany said...

Oh that made me cry! But you know me, it doesn't take much. What a perfect tribute to your sweet mom. I know you will be just as wonderful of a "mama" to your sweet little one. She is so lucky to have you and Brian as her mommy and daddy!

I can't believe my future daughter-in-law is almost here. Omigosh, I hope she likes me. Just kidding!

Lisa said...

I am truly blessed with a wonderful husband, 5 incredible children and most of all a wonderful Savior! I love you Kelli, you are such a blessing and I absolutely can't wait to hold sweet E in my arms! You are going to be the best Mama yet!
I love you,
(and Brian will be an awesome Dad!)

Shelley said...

I'm crying. I don't know if it's pregnancy or just because this is one of the sweetest things I've ever read! I was missing you and thinking about you today so I got on Facebook that connected me to your blog and this was a blessing! I can't wait to talk to you soon! You're going to be a GREAT mother!
Much love!