Those precious mamas who laid strong foundations in our homes, and our lives.
Stones like sapphire, emerald, ruby, topaz, and turquoise.
In the same way that those stones beautified the city’s foundations, our mothers beautified our lives by laying “foundation stones” for us.
Foundation stones of love, wisdom, perseverance, patience, courage, fortitude, steadfastness, compassion, diligence, self-sacrifice.
Ladies, your generation did it all without the help of modern technology. You had wringer washing machines and outdoor clotheslines.
No microwaves. No cell phones to call for take-out. No dishwashers . . . unless you counted your children.
You sacrificed your time, energy, and resources to instill values and principles into your children. You worked diligently to make a home, doing the best you could with the knowledge and resources available to you.
My mother exemplifies some of the best characteristics of the mothers of this generation.
Horribly ill, she crawled from bed to bed to care for us. She’d stop to vomit, then crawl to the next child to tend to our needs.
Mom used every foundation stone in her arsenal.
She gave her all to do the best she could for her children.
And ladies, so did you.
So a massive, “thank you” to my mom, and to all of you wisdom-filled, polished gem mothers who laid a strong foundation for us to build upon.
"When she speaks, her words are wise,
and she gives instructions with kindness....
Her children stand and bless her.
Proverbs 31: 26-28