Monday, May 21, 2007

Mother

I know this is a little late, but who said that that you can only be thankful towards your mother at Mother’s Day?

My mother and I have always enjoyed doing things together. She is my dearest friend and has always been my teacher, playmate, and dear mommy. We scrapbook, stamp cards, talk, drink tea, and read together.

Mom has always been my loving teacher. I can remember jumping on the trampoline as I shouted out the letters of the alphabet and sitting beside her as she pointed out new words for me to pronounce. She listened patiently as I learned to spell sat, mat, and cat, and she carefully explained the silent “e” and other mysteries of the English language.

Mom wasn’t the best reader as a child, but the Lord helped her overcome her difficulties, and she now has a great love of the Holy Bible. She spends much time everyday meditating on the Word of God. She is an inspiration as I strive to form steady Bible habits of my own.
Some of my fondest memories include the times my brother, sister, and I would sit around the table after a lunch of steaming Irish oatmeal and listen to my mother read The Long Winter, Little House on the Prairie, and other books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. She made the stories alive for us, and we were always disappointed when it was time to put the book away.

Both of my parents taught me to love reading. They spent hours reading with me, and it was always a treat to go to the library. I was inspired by the many books they gave me (many of them were the antique children’s classics that I still cherish today), and they planted the dream that someday I could write books like them.

In recent years Mom and I have rediscovered our love of reading together. She reads to me occasionally, but I now take over the majority of the reading while she works on her scrapbooks or relaxes with a cup of coffee. I try to make the reading come alive for both of us and give each character’s voice distinctive qualities that are easily recognizable (I don’t know how well I succeed at this).

Some of the books that we have read include:
  • A Little Swiss Boy (Vinzi) by Johanna Spyri

  • Most of the Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maud Montgomery

  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

  • Pride ad Prejudice by Jane Austen

  • Get Out of that Pit by Beth Moore

  • A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton Porter

  • Emma by Jane Austen

We love being together and can talk for hours. My mother is my best friend (along with my dad, sister, and brother). She is a treasure, and I am so glad that God placed me in her life and gave us the special bond of mother and child. She inspires me, comforts me, and builds me up. I can only hope that in the coming years I will be as much of a blessing to her as she has always been to be.

I love you, Mom!

6 comments:

Mandy Grace said...

I love reading posts that honor mothers. :-) My mom used to read to my sisters and I a lot too. I loved those times!

I'm glad to see you've had time for a couple posts. This IS a busy time of year!

BrittLeigh said...

That is so sweet! Your mom truly is a gem!!! Evidenced not only by the words you have penned here, but also by the daughter she has raised. The world needs more mothers like yours!

Becc@ said...

Aw, what a sweet post, Elizabeth!

Thank God for Mother's!!!

Susanna Moore said...

Well put, Elizabeth! You did a fine job of articulating who our mother is. I love the memory I have of that wonderful oatmeal and reading time. How blessed we are that our mother has been a good example for us

Kaitlin said...

*ahem* I think it's time for an update! I haven't heard from you in awhile. Hope all is well!

Stephanie said...

Hi Elizabeth!

This is Stephanie. (Kait's sister) I really liked your post about Mother's Day. Hope to read your next post too!