Exercise #3: Valuing Moms
Write down five things your mom has done to help you become who you are today. Share the list with her if possible.
|This is my mom, Linda. I love how beautiful and happy she looks in this snapshot.|
- Maintaining a relationship with my step-family. You gave me a family, relationships beyond what you could provide alone, even when it came at great personal sacrifice.
- You taught me to appreciate the finer things in life. We didn't have much money, but I always had nice, new clothes at the beginning of the school year, we went on some amazing vacations, and you exposed me to all kinds of cultural opportunities. You taught me excellent manners (I can't say I've always displayed them...), how to use what I had to it's best advantage, and when to buy the more expensive item that would last longer and be a better value in the long run. You have taught me the value of beauty and quality.
- Believing in me. I can never once remember you discouraging me from being or doing anything I have aspired to. From the time I was little I felt like the whole world was open to me, there was nothing out of my reach if I was willing to work for it. And yet, when I chose not to follow some great career or go on adventures as a young adult, but to marry young and stay at home that was okay because you also taught me the worth of a mother. You still build me up frequently when I am down by telling me what a good job I am doing (when I clearly feel I am doing anything but a good job), making me more confident as I take on the next challenge.
- You gave me a solid foundation in the gospel. It is a sacred legacy I am honored to attempt to pass on to my children.
Coming next week...Exercise #4: Discovering Unexpected Blessings