Happy birthday Sandi

Today my honey, Sandi, turns 20-12. It seems like just last year that she turned 20-11. Wow, does time fly when you are having fun.

I was thinking today that it would be a great idea to have the kids pick something from the last year that mom has done that in some way made them appreciate her or admire her. Being a mom is thankless position that causes many a woman to endure years and years of torment and torture with nary a single “Thank you”. Nay, in fact it is often the opposite effect resulting in “Mom! What are you doing?” or “I hate you” or “I wish I was never born”.

So this year I intend to have the kids speak of something that mom did this past year that made them admire her or appreciate her and her actions. I have a few things on my ming on that subject.

The first is my daughter Sarah’s 12 birthday party. Even though she was, Sandi still made it a point to make sure that all the decorations, party bags, invitations, food and games were spectacular and total medieval. She wanted nothing more that give Sarah the best 12 year old birthday party a girl could ask for. And she did, even when not feeling well enough to do it.

Another thing that stands out to me that makes me admire my wife is the way in which she took ownership of the passing away of Sarah’s mice a few months ago. Sandi exemplified the Naomi/Ruth bond by literally reaching and feeling for Sarah in almost the exact same manner as Sarah was feeling. I have never seen a mom reach out to a daughter like that. I was pretty amazed.

And lastly (there are more, but I think these three are enough for now) were the actions that Sandi took toward the beginning of the year in respect to our marriage. She really put forth a solid effort in making our marriage work and I was touched dramatically by that.

Being a woman/wife/mom is a tough thing. I cannot say that from personal experience but believe me I have enough experience to know this is the case. And even though I believe that she should have appreciation and admiration showed to her everyday, the least I can do today is ask that the kids and I take a minute to show momma some lurve.

Until tonight then,
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to Sandi
Happy birthday to you

Ruth 1:16,17

16 But Ruth said:
    “Entreat me not to leave you,
    Or to turn back from following after you;
    For wherever you go, I will go;
    And wherever you lodge, I will lodge;
    Your people shall be my people,
    And your God, my God.
    17 Where you die, I will die,
    And there will I be buried.
    The LORD do so to me, and more also,
    If anything but death parts you and me.”

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