In honor of her birthday, I wanted to share a few things I feel I was fortunate enough to learn from her over the years.
1. Make Your Bed Daily
2. Wash Your Laundry Carefully
My husband will sigh when he reads this comment because I continue this practice. My Mom was very particular with her laundry. Items were sorted carefully by color or fabric and sometimes washed alone on delicate; towels were to be washed with towels and sheets with sheets. Many things are never put in the dryer. Mom’s thoughts were if you were going to spend money on clothing, then you should attempt to make them last as long as possible. Additionally, she was a precise folder (an art that I have only on occasion). She would love our new front load washer and dryer.
3. How to Make the Best Sweet Tea
I’m from the south and I believe that most of us have been given a sweet tea recipe. Mom LOVED sweet tea. She had it in her refrigerator year round and I know there were times when she probably made two or more pitchers of tea a day. Her secret was to steep the tea bags (Luzianne family size bags) in boiling water for over 15 minutes. The longer the bags were steeping, the better the tea. She used entirely too much sugar but it is sweet tea after all! As James and I watch our sugar intake, I rarely make sweet tea at home but I know good sweet tea when I taste it.
4. Don’t Ask Someone To Do Something For You That You Can Do Yourself
5. Faith is More Than Attending Church / Pray About It
This is one of the things I admire most about my Mom. She was not an every Sunday church member but her faith was present daily. Regardless of how much someone hurt her or the struggle she was going through, she continued to pray. “Pray for them.” and “Give it to God.” are statements she would often say to me. At times when she had been hurt by others and all I could be was mad, she relied upon her belief that in time God would touch the lives of those who needed to be touched. Faith is more than regularly sitting in a pew and needs to be shown in your daily activities and how you live. I’m grateful for this personal lesson from Mom.
Sadly, I never asked for her meatloaf recipe or learned to make her deviled eggs. However, each day I am surrounded by many lessons I learned from Mom over the years. For that I am grateful and blessed. Happy Birthday Mom!