When I starting thinking about hosting guest bloggers for a Mother’s Day series, this next blogger was the FIRST person I thought to ask! I starting reading her blog about 3 years ago when I started blogging. Her blog is always a breath of fresh air. When I read how she raises her kids, honors and loves her husband, I want to just hug her neck! I thank the Lord for moms who are raising a new generation of kids! I know you will love her as much as I do.
Drum roll please…..I’d like to introduce you to Andrea. (Be sure to stop by her blog and tell her hi!)
Hello Simply Domestic readers. I want to thank Kim for having me here. Although I have never met Kim in person, I have admired her from afar. I have told her on many occasions that I want to be the kind of mother she is when I grow up. It is such a blessing to have beautiful examples of motherhood in our lives. Just as Kim had three girls, I grew up in a family of three girls. It is fun to see her girls and their friendships. It reminds me of me and my sisters.
On that note, my name is Andrea and I blog at JandA&Co.
Which is short for Jonathan and Andrea and our company of four. You will find all sorts of things going on at my blog; but mostly I blog about being a wife and mother. I throw in a craft or recipe every now and again; but mostly I like to keep it real. I like to blog about real life. I would love for you to join me.
I have been thinking on this topic that Kim gave me for a few days. After making a mental checklist in my mind of what I learned from my mother (and believe me when I say the list was getting long), I summed the list up in to one thing.
My mother taught me to value motherhood as the most important job in the world.
I was lucky to be blessed with a mother who stayed at home; and was always there for us. I knew when I came home from anywhere that my mom would be there. I knew that was important to her. She treated motherhood as her fulltime responsibility.
In doing this, she valued mealtime. We always had dinner together. My favorite dinner was on Sunday. She always put so much effort in to our Sunday dinner. I wish I could live up to her wonderful Sunday dinners. I am lucky to make pancakes for dinner. This is a future goal for me.
She was a wonderful example of thriftiness. This is a value that has come in handy for me and my own family. After 14 years of marriage, and raising 4 kids through medical school, residency, and fellowship; believe me when I tell you that I have had to use those skills that my mother taught me. There were many times that my mom gave me $100 for school clothes. There were many times that I wanted to buy the $80 designer jeans, but she taught me how to make the dollars stretch. I learned I could buy so much more if I shopped the sale racks and still look nice. I use that skill every day, and have even passed it on to my own children.
She taught me to cook at a very young age, and was always trying new recipes. This is something that we still share. I pass my new recipes on to her, and she passes hers on to me. It is fun for me to share something I have learned as a mother with her. When I grew up, got married and left the house; she sent me out in to the world with a binder full of her recipes. I use it all the time.
What I am trying to say is that because of whom my mother raised me to be; there was never a question in my mind that I wanted to be a mother. She showed me and taught me that God values motherhood as a very high calling. She taught me to place it as the highest priority, and I feel very blessed to have been given the gift of being a mother myself. I knew she valued it because of how she valued our home, my father, and being with us girls.
I value motherhood because of her example. I am thankful for mothers.
I am thankful for women as a whole who value their role as women; which is to nurture, love, and serve mankind. There are so many women out there who are beautiful examples of motherhood regardless of how many children they have or if they have children at all.
Thanks mom for teaching me that being a mother really is the greatest job in the world.
I am thankful for my beautiful mother who gave me the desire to be a mother at a very early age. I grew up knowing there is nothing that I would rather be.
One more thing: my mother has always sent me a book for Mother’s Day. In fact, the book just arrived for me this week. It is always a wonderful surprise and probably one of my favorite gifts. It is always a book about motherhood, and always comes at a time when I feel like I am deep in the trenches of it. I wanted to share this little gift idea with you. If you’re looking for a great gift to send to a mother; here is my favorite book by far:
Mother’s Book of Secrets found here.
I share more about it here.
Thanks Kim. I enjoyed being here.