I watch my mother and I learn compassion and to value things that “lovely, of good report and praiseworthy.”
I watch my mother in law and learn to keep a sense of humor no matter what and to serve unceasingly.
I watch my friend Brenda and learn to be a “mother bear” when it comes to defending my kids.
I watch my friend Rachel and learn to teach self-confidence to children simply by being self-confident yourself.
I watch my friend Laura and learn to say things nicely so the EVERY kid in the neighborhood wants to be around you all the time.
I watch my friend Alison and learn to teach my kids to find causes and stand for them, no matter what.
I watch my friend Penny and learn to make my kids’ safety paramount in my decision making.
I watch my friend Daralee and learn to teach my kids self-reliance and to place value on what is really important.
I watch my friend Tessa and learn how to teach your kids optimism, service and friendship.
I watch my friend Randi and learn how to teach children to develop their talents and let them be who they are.
I watch my friend Jessica (Albrecht) and learn how to take charge and make sure the programs, relationships, lessons, etc. that are good for her kids are in place, organized and the best they can be.
I watch my friend Meghann and learn how to arrange my priorities so that I am giving my kids my time and attention.
I watch my friend Cami and learn how to cheer and encourage my kids in all that they do.
I watch my friend Jessica (Shenaman) and learn how to make every situation fun for my kids.
I watch my friend Melissa and learn how to be calm and how to say yes to my kids as much as possible.
I watch my friend Adrianne and learn how to work to continually progress in the skills of mothering.
I watch my friend Paige and learn how to make my kids the most important variable in the hard, hard things life throws at us.
I watch my friend Andrea and learn how to put my desires aside in order to do what is best for my children.
I watch my sister-in-law Heather and learn how to parent by the Spirit.
I watch my sister-in-law Betsy and learn how to go to any length to make a holiday, a birthday, an event, a playdate for my kids as fun as possible.
I watch my sister-in-law Brooke and learn how to model overcoming change and challenges and grief by following the Savior.
I watch my sister-in-law Meridith and learn how to calmly and carefully do Motherhood like it’s the only job worth doing.
I watch my sister-in-law Christy and learn how to enjoy my kids, without stressing and worrying.
I watch my sister-in-law Janelle and learn how to only do the things that really matter for the growth of my kids and the strengthening of the family unit.
I watch my sister-in-law Kelsie and learn how to give my kids a happy home by supporting and loving their father.
There are many blogging friends out there, too, who teach me things like organization, perspective, applying the Gospel to parenting, how to celebrate, how to slow down so that I can be a better mother. I have women in my life who aren’t mothers yet, who cheer me on and applaud my efforts and make me feel like I just might be doing something right. I have men in my life who inspire me with their fathering and their examples, their praise and their support.
I don’t do this job in a vacuum. I can only do this job because I have examples and friends and books and a husband who help me. Mostly I can do this because I have a Savior who, through his Grace gives me power to do more than is humanly possible in mothering these sweet, good, challenging children.
Happy Mother’s Day!