Today I had the privilege of having over the girls in our youth group and their mothers for a Mother’s Day Tea. I have wanted to do this since we moved here and never seemed to be able to make it happen- something about birthing babies got in the way the past couple of years 🙂
Today lots of lovely young ladies and their beautiful moms came over. The youth girls took over and hosted so well. They cooked, made the punch, welcomed ladies as they arrived, handed out the corsages, cleaned up, and generally took care of everyone.
An incredibly gifted lady in our church made the corsages for our moms. I was so thankful for her help~ and the flowers were so special. Many of the moms are going to wear them to church tomorrow~ What a wonderful gift to give to these ladies. Thank you Pam!
We played a game called “Name that Mom!” The mothers brought baby photos of themselves to the party and we tried to guess who each was. Some were especially obvious (Jennifer Murphree, Amy Vechinski and Tracy Zumbach) 🙂 Then we looked at the art and work of caring, with much of our discussion coming from Andi Ashworth’s book Real Love for Real Life. Our main encouragement is that our love comes in the extraordinary dailiness of life. As our society continues to interact with each other more and more through isolated mediums, those who are giving care (in this case, moms) can use their caregiving gifts to fill a tremendous void. At the same time we have to remember that we are living before an Audience of One (our Savior). We looked at Col 3:23-24 and took great comfort that whatever we do, we do for the Lord and not for the praise of men (or children 🙂 ) We ended by having moms fill in the phrase,”I am thankful for a daughter who…” and daughters fill in,”I am thankful for a mother who…” . We didn’t fill in names, but we collected them and I read them aloud. How encouraging it is to see the work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of these ladies and their children. There is so much to be thankful for!