I was blessed to have my maternal grandmother in my life up until my mid-20s. Saying she was my rock is a complete understatement. It’s been a little over 7 years since she passed away and there are moments when I can still feel her presence in my life.
She instilled the love of family within me. The one piece of advice that she shared with all her children and grandchildren was “always stick together.” As the mother of 12 children, 27 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren – that advice was often easier said than done. Her stern words shared in love and taught by her actions of easily accepting and helping others in need would be passed down through her children to her grandchildren.
It’s because of my grandmother that I have my mother in my life as a mentor, prayer warrior, cheerleader and any other role that I need her to fill at any given time. My mother was unable to conceive children and my grandmother encouraged her to not give up on her desire to become a mother. It was because of her words and inspiration that my parents opened their hearts and home to me. I’ve never felt as though my Mom was not my “real” mother or that our bond was not genuine. From the moment she held me in her arms for the first time, I became hers fully and completely.
“Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.” – Titus 2:3-5
What I’ve come to respect the most about my mother is the calming, nurturing spirit that she has. As most mothers and daughters do, we went through our tumultuous years. The moment I became a mother, our relationship shifted and she’s been a blessing not only to me but to my children, as well.
I’ve said many times if I could be a fraction of the wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend, all-around woman that my mother is then I’ll be an immense blessing to those around me. In my daily walk, as I strive to embrace my divatude of being a driven, inspired, victorious, called-to-action woman of God – I’m continuing the legacy of the two phenomenal women who have helped shape and mold me to be the woman, wife and mother that I am.I honour and celebrate the Matriarchs of my family, my Mom and my Grandma and I say, you ROCK!
This article was written and submitted by Michelle Garrett
Wife, mommy, sister, friend, diva – all these words and more describe the person Michelle Garrett is and is constantly striving to be. Her blog, Divas with a Purpose, began as an outlet and has grown to become so much more over the years. It’s become a place to network and connect with other women to go and grow together through this journey of life. As women, mothers, sisters, friends, divas embracing our similarities and differences – Michelle encourages women worldwide to be…Driven, Inspiring, Victorious and called to Action in our families and communities. You can also connect with her/Divas with a Purpose on Facebook, Twitter and Google+