Sunday, May 11, 2008

6 Years of Marriage...1 Year of Motherhood

Six years ago today, the doors in the back of the Greenlawn Church's sanctuary opened up and there she was...the woman who stole my heart after our first date at one of the most romantic restaurants--Mr. Gatti's. Every year I set out to make this the best year of marriage...in her opinion. Kayci continually inspires me to become a better disciple, husband and father. She is my best friend and my greatest companion.
Today is also our second Mother's Day to celebrate as parents. Every single day I watch her grow into her role as a mother to Truitt. She is a nurturer at heart.
Kayci, I love you and I look forward to many more years together.
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To my own mother--you bless my life each and every day. Thank you for your commitment to sacrificial living. We are all closer to Jesus because of you.
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As a preacher, I also struggle with what words to say to people on Mother's Day. I realize that "joy" and "gratefulness" aren't the only emotions people feel on this day. I tend to try to give the other voices an ear. Today, there are people who are experiencing their first Mother's Day without their mother...and they are grieving. There are some today whose thoughts of their mother are as an absent parent who cared more about her job than her children, or a mother who cheated on her husband leaving the family in shambles.
Today is a day of mixed emotions and I pray for God to speak into each one of them in a redemptive fashion.

4 comments:

Beverly Ross said...

Thank you for your precious words. I consider a joy and a rich, delightful blessings to call you my son!

rgolf48 said...

I can't wait to see what you write on Uncle's day. You have a couple of directions to choose from.

Rick Ross said...

I am so proud of your family! Can't wait to see you all next week!

Shiloh said...

Thank you for your insight that Mother's Day is hard for people who have lost a mother or who are having trouble having children to be a parent. You are a blessing.