Being a Mom

“Being a mother can be the most beautiful, priceless, thrilling, happy, joyful experience in all the world.
Or being a mother can be a living hell.
It all depends on the man in the home!”
– Dr. Homer G Lindsay, Jr.

My Grandpa was a pastor at a large church here in Jacksonville. And to be honest, he was a pretty big deal. 🙂 He was a very literal, “back and white” person and sometimes said things that I thought came across a bit harsh. But he was also an amazing man with a huge heart. (Also, I was his only granddaughter, so based solely on my level of spoiled-ness, he was pretty perfect in my opinion!) Recently, I came across one of his sermons that had been turned into a little booklet back in the late-eighties/early-nineties. I’m not sure of the actual date but guessed that time period based on the cover art. 🙂 It’s a treasure, for sure! Anyway, the sermon was titled “The Working Mother” and because of his conservative views I honestly expected it to be all about how being a working mom was a selfish decision. And I had a bit of a bad attitude when I opened the first page and started reading. But I was so completely surprised (and felt pretty lame for pre-judging him), because the whole sermon was about dads and the huge role they play in the home. Especially homes where mom works. It was refreshing, and God totally spoke to me through it!

That quote up there came from this sermon. I know it might not sit right with you at first. Does it really ALL depend on the man in the house? I don’t know. Maybe not. But you know what? I get the point! Being a mom is hard stuff. Can I get an AMEN?!? And it’s even harder for moms who don’t get a lot of support at home. And really hard for moms who do it all on their own. Those of us who have a supportive man at our sides have a lot to be thankful for. I know this weekend is all about celebrating Mom, but I wanted to give a little shout-out to the man in my house who sacrifices and does all he can to make sure that my experience into motherhood has indeed been joyful and happy and fun and all the good stuff I ever imagined about being a mom!