Happy Mother’s Day!

As I reflect on Mother’s Day, I’m strangely reminded of a somewhat mundane part of my childhood that holds so much symbolism in my life as an adult. If you were like my family–always on the go– then you know we spent a lot of time driving in the car together. Never thought much about it back then, but something about it really struck me this morning. What I realized was when my mom was driving “us kids” places, the destination wasn’t always where we would prefer to be (i.e. the zoo), and the drive wasn’t always enjoyable (i.e. through Kansas–no offense, Kansas readers!), but we always ended up exactly where we needed to be at that time to learn and to develop (i.e. school or gymnastics practice).

Now that I’m living in the adult world I find myself in the driver’s seat most often, and it brings me so much joy to have a verbal toddler in the back pointing out all the things I take for granted, like duck ponds and tractors and birds flying through the air. But on the grandest scale, I’m still a rear-facing passenger in this thing called life, and God is in the driver’s seat. Maybe it’s because we’re in the process of selling our house in a down-market, but my thoughts lately continually turn to the fact that I can’t see where I’m headed, and I’m not in control of the destination, but because I’m the child and He’s the loving parent, I can have confidence He’ll take me exactly where He needs me to be (and He’s always on time, unlike my mom and myself. Sorry mom!). I can’t even begin to describe how much peace that gives me! It used to make me totally uncomfortable, being the control-freak that I am, but after seeing God’s faithfulness toward my family time after time, I have no excuses left to not trust His plan for us.

In honor of my mom who planted the seeds of faith in my life, and then cultivated the growth until it was established enough to stand on its own through the storms of life, I made this colorful and happy Mother’s Day card :o)

Thanks, mom, for giving me perspective when life sends reminders that I’m not in control. I love you!

To all my mom readers, I hope you have a happy Mother’s Day filled with little moments of “mom joy!” Here’s to being cheerful chauffeurs and content rear-facing passengers, all at the same time. Blessings to you all!


P.S. The Designer Series Paper (patterned paper) I used on this card is called “Pocketful of Posies.” It’s being retired at the end of this month to make room in the catalog for fun new designs, but it’s still available as of the time of this post. Plus, it’s at a 25% discount! Only $8.21 for 12 double-sided sheets. Check out my online store to browse deals on retiring product!

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2 Responses to Happy Mother’s Day!

  1. Timmerle Kelly says:

    It did seem like we spent an awful lot of time in the car when you were growing up! We had a lot of fun! And hey! I thought you liked the zoo! Or was our family enough of a zoo for you already? Ha! I’m so glad God let me be your mom! By the way, I loved the card. Thanks! Love, mom

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