I love hats and wear them whenever I have a chance. On Saturday, I had the opportunity to attend a "tea party" complete with hats and gloves. It was a wonderful occasion. There were hats of all kinds, in every color imagineable. I was running late so I didn't have an opportunity to run by the house and pick up my hat, however when I arrived the hostess (a hat lover) had an assortment of hats at the front door so that everyone could participate. What a fabulous time we had.
As I looked at all of the lovely hats in the room, it reminded me of all of the hats we have to wear as women. We are moms, stepmoms, wives, daughters, grandaughters, aunts, sisters, church members and co-workers. How do we manage to do it all? For myself, it requires getting up early in the morning and praying for the strength and the wisdom to make it through the day. I start out with my wife and stepmom hat on and then switch to my work hats. During the day, I had to switch to my mom hat when my son sent me a text asking me how to make fish tacos and my daughter asked me how she was going to get all of her clothes home for the summer break. As I shared with a co-worker, I modeled my friend hat. End of the work day and back home to change hats again and you get the picture. Hopefully as I try to model all of these hats I can achieve the gifts of the Proverbs 31 woman, "Her clothes are well made and elegant, and she always faces tomorrow with a smile." (Proverbs 31: 25 The Message).
Well it's time to take off my blogging hat and put the wife one back on. Happy Hat Wearing!
It's almost May which means Mother's Day is coming soon. For most moms, Mother's day can be fun. When you have younger children, school teachers often assist students with making gifts that don't cost anything. Some of my favorite "school made" gifts include drawings, paper flowers, a ceramic ring holder, picture frame and the lovely plaque pictured on the left. This Mother's Day gift was made by my daughter Addy at school when she could barely etch her name on the back to distinguish hers from all the other ones made by her classmates. I have learned over the years that its not the gift that matters, is the love that the giver is trying to express. I tried to encourage my children to be thoughtful rather than trying to spend the little bit of money they had. Now that they are older and can afford store-bought gifts, it's still the choice of the card that warms my heart, not how much they spend on the gift. Since I know they will ask what I want for Mother's Day, I always keep some ideas in mind to suggest, because they want to make sure they get something l want.
Don't get me wrong, nice gifts are wonderful, because the older I get the more I try to do as much as I can for my own Mother, since she sacrificed so much for me and my siblings when we were growing up. She often went without buying something for herself because she had to buy clothing and other things that we needed. I am grateful to her for what she did for us, so I now want to be a blessing to her.
So as Mother's day is approaching, think about some of keepsake gifts you have collected over the years from your children. What has been some of your memorable gifts or activities? Please leave a comment.
Everyone has friends but they are never the same as your best friends. We call them "Besties" or "BFF" (Best Friends Forever). You may not get an opportunity to spend alot of time with them, but when you do get together you pick up right where you left off. The good thing about being with your best friends is that you can let your hair down and just be yourself, they accept you just the way you are, even on bad hair days. I don't have alot of friends, so I really appreciate the ones I have.
Now that the weather is warming up, get together with your "bestie" and have lunch or coffee. Spend some time catching up and sharing with one another. Learn something new, share an old memory, get and provide support to one another. Whatever you do have some fun and laugh as loud and as long as you want to. If they are not in close proximity, give them a call.
So you know what this means BFF's, you should be hearing from me real soon.
Janice R Love, Author
First Lady, Mom, Stepmom and Divorce Ministry Coach