My mom always told me that her mission was to raise her kids. And indeed she put her heart, soul, blood, sweat, and tears into our short time in her home. Whenever I had a challenge, my mom was in my corner. At every sporting event my mom was shouting "go sis" and encouraging me to do my best. When heartache occurred my mom held me while I cried. When we moved to a new farm in high school and I was missing my friends...my mom stressed the importance of family....that home is where ever your family is. And when I found out I was pregnant as an unmarried 20 year old...my mom embraced the joy of being a Grandma and taught me how to be a mommy.
Her devotion and dedication to my siblings and myself wasn't lost on me. She sacrificed much to ensure that moments big and small were shared with her. She taught me to enjoy the simple things, to laugh often, and to love with all of your heart. Hard work was a daily lesson as we learned to garden, helped work the cattle, and watched our mom make clothes, blankets, dish rags and anything else you can imagine. You name it...my mom did it. She was a farm girl through and through...raising her kids to be self-sufficient, reliable, and hard workers.
All of those are wonderful lessons, but I think the most important was the lesson she taught us regarding time management. When I first became a mother she told me to spend my time with my kids not with chores because "your kids will never remember if the house was clean; they will remember the time you spent with them". It's the greatest lesson she has ever taught me...and I'm thankful for her teachings.
I wrote this post as part of Mama Kat's writer's workshop. I chose prompt:
2) 10 things my mother taught me
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