HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all of you amazing moms out there. I found this quote a few months ago that has been such an inspiration and challenge to me… “Motherhood is not a hobby. IT IS A CALLING. It is not something to do if you can squeeze the time in, it is what God gave you time for.”
When I think back to my own childhood and to my dear, sweet Mom, I realize that my mom faithfully lived this out each day, year after year, after year. She saw raising us children as her God-given calling. She made all 8 of us her priority. At the time, I did not see the sacrifices she made for me. I just expected her to make them because thats what she always did.
As a little tyke, I would lay my head on mom’s lap during church because I loved the feeling of her fingers going through my hair. She was so unselfish. And when we were coming home from somewhere late at night, I’d put on a pretense of sleep, just so that she would carry me into the house. Did you ever do that? Haha. (Maybe I was just a wee bit spoiled.)
I remember countless nights of her sleeping out in the living room with me when I was sick, her on one couch and me on the other. Those nights weren’t very restful but no matter how little sleep she got, she arose early, to spend time with God. And then she’d dive into the days work…. She homeschooled each one of us, giving us the time and teaching we needed to get a good education. And she did a swell job at it too! I’m so grateful that she made schooling a priority and encouraged us to do our best. As a pastor and home-business owner’s wife, she had many other demands calling but we were always first. As I grew older into the teen years, my mom became my friend and confident. She was SO patient with me as I stumbled my way into adulthood. Those years can be tough, but she was always there, praying for me (and the others) every day. I truly believe that her prayers kept me at some very critical moments in my life. Thank you mom! Your dedicated prayer life is such a challenge to me.
The saying “Time is Love” is so true. As I sit here and write, so many memories are flooding back of TIME spent with mom. SO many happy outings, field trips, summer slumber parties on the trampoline, and walks to the Amish farm for milk….. I still love when my mom joins our volleyball team or softball game! =)
Today as I mother my own son, I would be absolutely thrilled if I could be to him, half of what my mom was and still is to me. Sometimes my heart aches at the distance that lies between us, all 1,327 miles of it. I treasure the precious times that we have together and long to be half as sweet, kind, godly, meek, and beautiful, inside and out, as she is. I love you mom!
So Ladies, today you are making memories…. Someday your children will look back on these ordinary and hair raising days with fond memories. Time is love. Involve yourself in your children’s lives and you will not regret it for one moment. May we as mothers delight in our God-given calling! Happy Mother’s Day!
Strawberry Rhubarb Torte
- 4 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups white sugar
- 2 cups flour
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup milk
- 3 tbsp butter
- Preheat oven to 350°. In electric mixer, beat eggs for 5 minutes. Add sugar slowly while beating. When sugar is dissolved and eggs are very frothy; add flour, baking powder, salt, and vanilla. Mix well. Bring milk and butter to boil (I do this in the microwave!) Pour into two round cake pans, greased and lined with wax paper. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
STRAWBERRY RHUBARB FILLING
- 2 cups fresh or frozen rhubarb, chopped
- 3/4 cup strawberry slices
- 2 tbsp orange juice
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tbsp cornstarch
- dash salt
- In small saucepan, bring fruit and juices to boil. In separate dish, whisk sugar, cornstarch, and salt together. Slowly add to boiling fruit. Cook until thickened, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and cool completely.
- 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
- splash of vanilla
- 4 tbsp powdered sugar
- In mixing bowl combine all ingredients and beat on high until thickened and creamy.
LET THE LAYERING FUN BEGIN! Start by cutting the cakes in half, horizontally with long knife to make four cakes. Place one cake onto platter. Top with cream and rhubarb filling. Repeat twice. On the top cake, just put remaining cream and sliced strawberries. I used around 12 strawberries, washed, sliced, and mixed 1 tsp white sugar in with them to glaze before spreading onto cake. Keep chilled until serving!