A week in the life of a very special mom:
Monday: Awake at 5:00, tried to get Elise back to sleep which didn’t work. No school so all four kids went to physical therapy with Elise then played at the park. The usual nightly routine of dinner, dishes, FHE, kids to bed after I got called out to help someone and then stayed up with me until midnight as I worked on some projects.
Tuesday: Ran 5 miles pushing Elise, then took Elise to her kindergarten screening, picked up friends for kids and talked and cried with a Mom who is waiting for an appointment in 9 months to be tested for autism. Mom (humorously to us) said, “but you guys handled all of your stuff with such grace.” That made Linds laugh.
Wednesday: Taught piano to her students, speech therapy, girls camp meeting, worked with therapist, taught piano to Bryn and Brock, went to Brock’s baseball game, came home alone with kids as I had a meeting.
Thursday: Ran 5 miles with Elise, equine therapy, speech therapy, Occupational therapy, took all the kids to Bryn’s soccer practice so I could attend senior night baseball game for some of our local youth. Gathered and printed every medical bill and receipt for last year to provide verification to Idaho Medicaid.
Friday: Aquatic therapy, worked with therapist for a few hours on Elise’s communication device. Called pediatrician office to get new diaper prescription. Got prescription transferred to provider.
Okay you get the point! Little sleep, lots of work, incredible amounts of sheer awesomeness! If you were to categorize everything she spends her time doing some categories could include household tasks, driving, medical appointments, paperwork to name a few. These categories wouldn’t be incorrect. It is, after all, what she is doing; however, what Lindsey “does” and the busy nature of her schedule doesn’t tell the whole story. What does she do? She loves. In fact, everything on her “to do” list is categorized, motivated by, and exemplifies love. She never fails to do that first and to do that last, it is her overwhelming task, but with Linds, it is her overwhelming capacity to do it all so well centered in love.
Lindsey feeds Elise most every meal every day, she dresses her, bathes her, runs with her, drives, hugs, kisses, cries, smiles and sleeps (tries anyway) with her. All of it centers in love. Her patient, tender caring for all of us in our family doesn’t get old for her, she continues to give constantly with the poise and patience of an absolute angel. One reason our angelic Elise was sent to us is because the only angelic match for her on this earth is her equally angelic Mother.
Happy Mother’s Day!
Jeffrey R. Holland: “. . . no love in mortality comes closer to approximating the pure love of Jesus Christ than the selfless love a devoted mother has for her child. . . . This kind of resolute love “suffereth long, and is kind, … seeketh not her own, … but … beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.” Most encouraging of all, such fidelity “never faileth.” “For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed,” Jehovah said, “but my kindness shall not depart from thee.”So too say our mothers."