Tania, good friend of mine from Boliva, and my Mom, Maxine!
I am continually realizing more and more what a blessing my mom is! I have many friends who don’t have the opportunity to have had a great relationship with their moms. It seems lately everywhere I go, I hear, “Oh, you’re Maxine’s daughter – we LOVE your mom!” You see, my mom is the ultimate GIVER. She gives her time, her money, her laughter, her wisdom, her experience, her smiles, her joy, her godly perspective, her home, her clothes (my sister and I have fun with this one) her “never quit” attitude….and the list could go on and on.
I could write chapters and chapters on the lessons she has and continues to teach me. She’s “retired” now from her mission work with New Tribes Mission. So she’s taking it easy: working in the jail ministry for the Denver Women’s jail, MOPs mentoring at our church, editing books for friends, working on several translation checking projects for other missionaries, continuing her work on a second edition of the Ayore/Spanish dictionary, spending great amounts of time with her kids and grandkids, mentoring other women, she’s planning a trip to Bolivia or Paraguay for an encouragement visit to missionaries there….yes, she’s living the laid back retired life well!
I love my mom. I love her energy. I love her passion. I love her competitive spirit and desire to do her best for the Lord in everything she does. I wish I had weeks of uninterupted time with my mom, but I don’t have that opportunity. I do realize more and more, though, that each moment with her is a lifetime and is creating memories that will last forever.
Mom – for whatever reason you were on my mind today. Thanks for everything you do for me and for hundreds of others! I pray that you are filled with joy today and that you are really aware of how much you mean to so many of us whose lives you’ve filled.
If you’ve never met my mom, I hope you do someday! If you have, I know you agree! 🙂