Sunday, May 13, 2007

A flower for you on Mother's Day!



Aloha Brothers and Sisters
(aloha)
Happy Mother's Day!
Today I am excited to talk about my favorite topic - ME! I love Mother's Day - any opportunity to celebrate ME is a good thing! And because we are lucky enough to be able to talk to you today, I get to talk about my favorite job:

Being the Mom. I realize this leaves some of you out, but today I would like you to look deep inside and find your inner mother. I know you have heard her voice before "put down that cookie" or "be nice" or "close the door"

As a mother I have many jobs - you know the regulars:
laundry
dishes
clean up on aisle 5
taxi driver
nurse

But there are also more exciting Mom jobs that have taken me by surprise:
Mom the actress - while shopping with all 4 of my children at the mall last week - Why did I think going to the mall with all the kids would be a fun thing? I was not having fun and I felt like curling up into a ball and pulling out all my hair, but instead I put on my charming smile and sailed through a few stores without losing or abusing any of my children. It was an Oscar winning performance.

Mom the fun stopper - the fun stops here

Mom the Drill Sergeant - the voice that can command the attention of children everywhere

The Momintator - ready to rid the world of all evil and rescue her children from danger, even when it means embarrassment for the mom. I'll Be Back.

And Teacher Extraordinaire:

“Mothers, you are your children’s best teacher. … Teach your children the gospel in your own home, at your own fireside. This is the most effective teaching that your children will ever receive. This is the Lord’s way of teaching. The Church cannot teach like you can. The school cannot. The day-care center cannot. But you can, and the Lord will sustain you. Your children will remember your teachings forever, and when they are old, they will not depart from them. They will call you blessed—their truly angel mother”

“Take time to always be at the crossroads when your children are either coming or going … whether your children are six or sixteen. …

“… Take time to be a real friend to your children. …

“… Take time to read to your children. …

“… Take time to pray with your children. …

“… Take time to have a meaningful weekly home evening. … Make this one of your great family traditions. …

“… Take time to be together at mealtimes as often as possible. …

“… Take time daily to read the scriptures together as a family. …

“… Take time to do things together as a family. …

“… Take time to teach your children. Catch the teaching moments. …

“… Take the time to truly love your children. A mother’s unqualified love approaches Christlike love” (President Benson, To the Mothers in Zion, 1987).


Blah Blah Blah

Let every mother realize that she has no greater
blessing than the children who have come to her as a gift from the Almighty;
that she has no greater mission than to rear them in light and truth, in
understanding and love. …

I remind mothers everywhere of the sanctity of
your calling. No other can adequately take your place. No responsibility is
greater, no obligation more binding than that you rear in love and peace and
integrity those whom you have brought into the world. (Gordon B. Hinckley)


Happy Mother's Day, Mom! You are the best!


ps - I tried to get the kids to say stuff like "My mom is an awesome mom!" and "My mom can beat up your mom!" and "My mom is the most beautiful and wonderful mother in the whole world!" I'll let you know if they pull through for me.

15 comments:

Toni said...

Happy Mother's Day Wendy! Hope you have a wonderful day!

Jody said...

Happy Mothers Day Wendy!

Amber said...

I thought of you today! A fabulous new Polynesian family just moved here from Hawaii and spoke in church today. And how did they greet us at the pulpit? ALOHA!!!

Happy Mother's Day!

Erin McBride said...

hahaha! woowee! you are funny! and your talk sounds great! love you lots!

Deanne said...

I assume that this is what you said during your talk at church today? Sounds like you did a great job! I relate most to the 'drill sergeant' mom...I just have a knack for using that kind of voice (maybe a little too often!) :)

Mary said...

How did it go Wendy? I love this talk, it's fun and very nice. Did the kids speak in church too then?

Happy Mother's day, sista!

wendy said...

Thanks for the well wishes! Our talks all went great. It was a family affair - Emily, Sydney, and Hannah all spoke, then Hannah and I played a flute/violin duet (it was fabulous) then I spoke, and Nathan finished off the set.

Those were my main points, and I talked a little more about a few of the "take time to..." topics.

It was fun. And I'm glad I'm done.

nikko said...

I thought of you yesterday, too, while I was listening to the talks in sacrament. I think someone used your same Pres. Bensen quote.

Glad it went well! Happy Mother's Day!

Amanda said...

Loved your talk!!! I was thinking of you yesterday too. Like I said previously, you are an awesome mom. So did your kids say any of those things??

No Cool Story said...

That was so lovely :)
Hope you had a great Mother's Day Wendy :)

Suzanne said...

What a great talk! It's always nice to have nudges in the right direction. Did you get your kids to say those things at the bottom? :)

Sketchy said...

"Mom the Actor" Oh heavens yes! LOL

Niki said...

Usually a lurker...Come by and check out my newest contest! lol. It's my very first and I have no one entering. lmbo. :(

Tori :) said...

Awesome post! I hope you had a wonderful mother's day!

carronin said...

What a great talk. I wish they would ask me to talk on Mother's Day I would love to talk about my mom. But no I have to get the boring topics like tithing and prayer. I hope you had a Happy Mothers Day.