Growing up, my mom and I were always close. We did everything together. She took me everywhere- the library, school, the beach, the park, etc. She taught me how to read, write, clean, pray, and swim. She taught me manners, and counting, and kindness.
If I tried to name all the things my mom has taught me, we'd be here all night. So instead of listing all the things I've learned from my mom, I decided to share the first five that come to mind instead.
5 Lessons I've Learned from My Mom
Trust in JesusMy mama became a Christian when I was a baby. Ever since then, she has made sure to live her life for Jesus, and to teach me to do the same. She let me learn things the hard way sometimes, but she always made sure I knew "what Jesus would do", and encouraged me to make things right when I had taken a less-than-wonderful path.
I am so thankful that I was raised this way. Without a godly family who taught me about Jesus, who knows where I'd be! This lesson was absolutely the most important thing that my mom taught me.
Live with IntegrityAlong those same lines, another thing I learned from my mom was to live an honest life. Telling the truth, being honest, and living well even when no one is watching is so important, and my mom wanted me to know that.
We didn't tell "little-white-lies" in our home, and that even extended to Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny (sorry if I just broke someone's heart). My parents always told me that those things weren't true. They didn't want to tell me about Santa Claus and tell me about Jesus, only to tell me later that they had been lying about Santa and make me wonder if maybe they were lying about Jesus too. Some people think that is extreme, but I 100,000,000% agree with their thinking and appreciate them living that out in our home.
Work Your Butt OffThis one is something I still struggle with. I've talked about before that I really struggle with being lazy, and putting things off. I'm not really sure how that happened though, because my mom is one of the hardest working people I know.
She has always worked really, really hard. She worked full-time, kept the house spotless, cooked fantastic meals, packed my school lunches, and took care of all those things for my dad and brother too! She even managed to make time to write cute little notes to put in my lunch box. They meant so much to me, and I still have a couple of them.
She always made time for family, yet she accomplished so much work everyday that it was unfathomable! And now, even though I'm an adult and my brother is 17, she still works her butt off all the time- now on her farm. She takes great care of all her animals (everyone compliments her), she tends her garden, builds her own coops and animal pens, mows the grass, and still cleans the house and cooks delicious meals.
I hope to eventually be even half the worker-bee that she is. She truly is impressive!
A Clean Home Makes You Feel BetterI already touched on this a bit, but while I was growing up, the house was consistently spotless. My friends were often amazed at how the house always looked and smelled great whenever they came over after school.
As I got older, and especially when we realized my struggles with anxiety and depression, my mom repeatedly tried to get it through my thick skull that a clean house makes people feel better, and a cluttered/messy home actually causes more anxiety.
She was so right! I'm still not the best house keeper ever (not even close), but I have definitely been learning that I feel so much better when I put effort into my dwelling spaces. It makes a big difference!
Coffee is the Nectar of Kings and QueensWhen I was younger, I always wanted to like coffee because mama liked coffee. I kept trying and couldn't stand it! But one day (Thanksgiving, I believe) in 8th grade, I put just enough sugar and cream to convince myself it was good. From then on, I was a coffee drinker.
On weekends and days off from school, mom and I would sit together in the mornings and drink coffee, often outside. It was always fun, but the best was probably when we lived on the beach. When we sat out on the porch, the ocean breeze would gently drift by and kiss our faces as we sipped and talked. I miss those days. They are some of my absolute favorite memories!
Like I said, I could go on for quite some time about how amazing my mom is and how much I've learned from her, but these are some of the ones that stick out to me. Mama deserves more than I could ever give back to her.
But on this Mother's Day, I want this post to be part of her present. I want to reiterate to her just how special she is to me, and how much I cherish our relationship. I am so blessed, and I know that not everyone is as fortunate as I am. I am thankful, I am humbled, and I am taken aback that God gave me such a wonderful mother, mentor, and best friend!
Happy Mother's Day, Mama!
Food for thought: What has your mom taught you? Comment below. I would also like to encourage everyone to make their mothers feel appreciated and loved this Mother's Day (and always). They deserve it!
This post was in collaboration with several other bloggers. For more Mother's Day and Mommy-themed posts, check out the links below!
23 Lessons I Learned From My Mother, Ever Change Productions
Mother’s Day Candy Bar Bouquet, House of Fauci’s
Working Mom! Stop Feeling Guilty!, Little Sprouts Learning