• Cheryl

An Incredible Woman

Updated: Jun 4, 2019

Driving home and looking out the window at the newly planted field I saw just the hints of corn sprouting out of the black dirt. I LOVE that about springtime. This made me think of my mom, because each spring she gets on the tractor and loves every minute of the dirt, never taking for granted that living on a farm allows glimpses of God all day long!

Me & Mom
Mom & Me

Have you had an experience that you just could not wait to share with someone else? That is the way I feel about my mom. Each time I get to spend time with her, I leave thinking: people should meet her, know her, listen to her and experience her.

In the past year, I have had the honor of several wonderfully unexpected conversations with my mom that gave me a glimpse into this complex, rock solid, funny, beautiful woman. Let me share.

She is fiercely loyal about and to her family, ALL of us, from her 90+ year old sisters, to her adult nieces and nephews, to her own four children, spouses and ten grandchildren. She is PRESENT!

She embraces learning new things. She is 74 years old and has a smartphone and has admitted to having just the slightest addiction. She wants to learn and keep up and pushes through the complete discomfort of this whole “technology” thing.

She is a fiercely praying woman, who loves Jesus with every fiber of her being. For as long as I can remember, she would light a candle for anyone she was praying for at any given time. She has kept the candle factories in business. She has always been my role model for my faith journey.

She has grit, emotionally, physically, spiritually and mentally. She has experienced the most devastating of circumstances in her life and has chosen to be blessed by them and growth from them and beyond that, help others through their trials. It is beyond inspiring.

She develops herself: books, current events, new skills! She does not sit on the sidelines. She engages with everyone, young to old and has a great sense of humor, but then anyone who raises four kids on a dairy farm probably should have that quality or else it’s a long, long life! And competitive, just a tiny bit!

She and my dad have been married for 54 years. The amount of respect and love between them is awe-inspiring. I love to watch her face when she talks about him; the love (and sometimes frustration) radiates from her. I treasure the “girl-talk” conversations, which demonstrate that marriage takes work and compromise even after 54 years. But it’s completely worth it!

If you look at my mom, you will see that she is beautiful and had incredibly youthful genes. For that I am grateful (I hope I get those genes.) But beyond outward, I hope that when I am 74, I have a fraction of the strength, humility, joy, and character that my mom has and that my children love me the way I love my mom.

Proverbs 31: 10-31.

“A wife of noble character, who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.” … 31 “Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.”

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