I was reminded again this week how wonderfully our Mom pays individual attention to us 12 children -- our needs, our challenges, our giftings and our joys. As we older girls were having a typical 'before bed' chat, Mom peeked in the room with a message for Bethany:
“Good night Bethany,” she said as she gave a good night kiss. “I love you. I already told everyone else good night -- you’re the last one.”
How does a Mommy remember who she has told goodnight and who she hasn’t? ...Without a day planner or reminder list? ....With so many varied responsibilities? ...And with 12 children?
We love you, Mommy, and thank the Lord for giving each of us to you. Thank you for loving Jesus first -- with Daddy a close second. Thank you for all the hugs and kisses, the morning 'wake-up songs', the hours of working together, your smile and gentle voice, your sacrifice of time, sleep, and energy, and your many prayers. You are a treasure!!!!
Rachel, Ruth, Josiah, Bethany, Andrew, Elizabeth, Matthias, Stephen, Hannah, Susanna, Alaythia, Nathanael, and #13