Mother’s Day 2013
Motherhood has been my source of my greatest joy and my deepest sorrow. I chose Real Estate as my career when my youngest Allyssa started kindergarten. I chose that career so I could schedule time for the children. Before I went into real estate I was able to stay home and be a full-time mom. That was confirmed by a Real Estate Agent. I loved every minute of that.
The days of raising my children (who were in every activity known to man) were hectic. Sometimes Mike and I would literally hand the keys off to one another as we headed out the door. Back in those days we only had one car a mini-van. One year in the Spring, Matt and Jamie were playing soccer and baseball. It was awful, so I declared that “next year you all are both going to do ONE spring sport.” But the next year came along and I forgot until two weeks into the season…ugh.
Christa and Allyssa played violin, piano and danced. Then in high school they both did cheerleading.
The photo attached is one the photographer did for us when Christa was graduating from Saline High School.
She is a Senior cheerleading, Matthew was a Jr playing football at Saline High School, Jamie was a Freshman playing football for the Ann Arbor Jr. Wolverines, Andrew-David was playing freshman Jr. Wolverine football, Allyssa was cheerleading at Jr. Wolverine football, Mike was Coaching the Jr. Wolverines and wel…l I was a taxi cab drive and equipment manager. You know washing all the clothes, making sure they were all laid out and ready for practice.
Looking back it makes me tired to think about it all.
But, gosh did we have fun!
There is a God and You are Not Him
All of my kids are close. That is something I prayed for from the time they were born. My brother and I fought a lot as kids and weren’t close. We are close now and I am grateful for that, but not when we were younger so I really wanted my kids to grow up and be friends.
Have you heard the saying, “There is a God, and you are not Him”.
If I was God, I would not have taken Jamie to heaven before Mike and I. We would have gladly taken his place, but I am not God and this was His choice and timing.
Daniel 4:35 “All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, But He does according to His will in the host of heaven And among the inhabitants of earth; And no one can ward off His hand Or say to Him, ‘What have You done?
Isaiah 46:10 “Only I can tell you the future before it happens. Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish.
God is Sovereign, He rules and can do as He pleases. We have a opportunity to trust His wisdom even in the midst of our suffering. He allows things in our lives that we do not understand and can not explain, so we learn to trust in His plan.
When the kids asked me what I wanted to do for Mother’s Day I said, “go the cottage.”
I grew up in Paducah, Ky and even though I haven’t lived there in 37 year, I still say when I am going for a visit, “I am going home for a visit.”
When I have traveled to real estate conferences and it is time to leave, I say “I’m ready to go home”. Home being the same house in Saline we have lived in since we built it in 1990.
The lake cottage is not home. It is a cute little cottage where we have had a ton of fun since we bought it in 2001. We have great family memories there, (oh if those walls could talk).
Earth is not our home
When we have been traveling and it is time to leave we say, “I am going home.” When I think of home, I think of a cocoon where I can relax, unwind, find peace, a place of warmth where we can be ourselves.
Someday the home that we all long for will be that place we call Heaven.
2 Cor. 5:1-8 For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, 3 if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. 4 For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5 He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.6 So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, 7 for we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
I am hoping that you know a bit about our family. Happy Mother’s Day to all my mom friends who have children here and in heaven.