Today I have an extraordinary kind of post for you. Here are the main reasons why it is:
- It is the return of EMB’s Mother’s Day special called – Celebrating Mothers Who ROCK!
- It is EMB’s first round up post where instead of having several post on different days, we have one post with each blogger’s contribution
- It is the first cash giveaway on my blog.
Yes, Yippy, Yeah! 🙂
Mother’s Day is Sunday May 8th, 2016 and when the idea came to mind to relaunch Celebrating Mothers Who Rock, I thought about ways in which it could be done differently. Soon after, the idea came, ‘why not do it in the form of a round-up post and add a cash giveaway?’ So here we are with it.
Speaking of the cash giveaway, the winners are Jaco Alberts 1st prize $50, Ikechi Awazie 2nd prize $25 and Rohan Chaubey 3rd prize $25. The merit on which prizes were won was based on who submitted their entry first, second and third.
Now without any further delay, here’s what out expert bloggers each had to say about their Mom:
1. In Celebration of the Most Dedicated Mother I Know
Jaco is a Christian blogger and freelance writer who currently lives in Durban, South Africa. He loves writing about faith and how our thinking impacts our lives. It is his mission to end the confusion by showing how we shouldn’t be occupied pre-occupied by what people are saying but rather we should test everything we hear against the one and only true source; the Bible. Read more about Jaca at his website.
Her story starts at a tender young age when she was only still a young girl herself. Since child-hood she has been blessed with a yearning to care for other people, but her biggest desire – her passion – was to one day become a mother to her own children whom she could take care of.
Her biggest yearning was to have children of her own whom she would be able to shower with love and to take care of them and bless them.
As a young school girl, she started praying, bringing her biggest desire to the Lord.
The Lord granted her wish, and after being married for two years, she became a mother for the first time at the age of twenty two to our eldest daughter. Two years later she became mother again of our second daughter. As soon as she became a mother, she sacrificed her career to take care of her children in gratitude that her prayer has been answered. Yes, it is my beautiful wife I’m talking about.
Three Lessons I Have Learned From Her:
1.) Pray to God in faith and put Him first in everything you do, knowing that He loves you. He has your best interest at heart and will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:3-6).
2.) Sowing and reaping: Over the years I have seen how my wife has sown into the lives of our two daughters, how she has unselfishly given of herself without thinking about her own interests, disregarding her own comfort and often doing herself short in support of our daughters.
Today, I see the blessings coming back from our daughters, and how everybody wants to be in their presence, there is no doubt in my mind that it is as a result of how Elmarie (my wife) was (and still is) constantly sowing into their lives. All that love, is now bearing fruit as it now flows out from both our daughters too.
3,) Trust: As our daughters grew up, my wife would often be the one to tell me to relax and assure me that the kids would be fine as they became teenagers and started going out with friends. Firstly, trust in God and His divine protection. Secondly, the foundation has been laid in our home, so we could also trust in the judgment of our daughters.
Three Things Mothers Should Tell Their Children Everyday
- Tell their children that they are loved and appreciated.
- Tell their children that they are unique and special, and that they should never compare themselves to anybody else.
- Never make a mockery of their children’s dreams, but encourage them, support them and teach them that they can achieve whatever they set their minds too.
Thank you for the opportunity to celebrate the most dedicated mother I know – my wife and mother to our two precious daughters.
2. My Awesome Mum, my Love, my Special Gem!
Ikechi is the founder and chief writer at Be a Light to the World blog where he gives you personal development tips that will make a difference in your life. His idea is that there is no benefit in playing small because eventually, you will come to realize this fact as you learn about people who inspire their generation to greatness.
On April 12th, Heaven rejoiced over a special Gem that was born to the world. A blessing to her generation and the best thing in my life is my awesome Mum.
My Mum, my Love, my Special Gem. Sweet mum I will never forget you; You are my strength, my life and song. You are the Tree I lean upon and it is because of your wisdom that life became so clear. I am blessed by God that he sent you from above. You are the best friend that I have ever known. You are the one that made me to dream. You made me to go beyond the sky My Mum, My awesome Gem, you are my life and my love
I remember how much the words of my mum have made me firm. I remember those words as they are my hidden treasures. I will never forget these lessons which have always been the foundation of my life.
I learned three very important lessons from my Mum.
Lesson 1 – Never do what others are doing
My mum made me discover that I was unique. She believed that God had a purpose for me and never failed to remind me.
She heard my cries and yearning to feel among. She saw how much I felt like being loved. She filled the void of my heart with her love and made me see the world in a different light.
She taught me to believe in myself and never seek the validation of others to be me. She let me understand that life is intentional when you write your own story.
Lesson 2 – Service to Humanity
My mum believes in the good of mankind. She is always giving a helping hand to everyone. She is down to earth and always goes out of her way to make people happy.
She believes that it is her calling to make a difference in the life of people.
By her example, I realized that everyone can make a difference. Everyone can light a dark candle
Lesson 3 – Love The Lord with all Your Heart
My mum loves God so passionately and never fails to share this passion to her children.
She is a praying woman and a strong woman who through her struggles has proved that she will not let anything or anyone get in the way of her fulfilling her God given assignment.
She showed me that when you love God, you will have peace that goes beyond understanding. Till date, I have experienced God’s awesome love.
Mums all over the world, here are three things that children want to hear from you every day:
1. I Love You
Children need your love to be firm. Love builds children up and is the foundation of a fulfilled life.
2. Jesus Loves You
Children need to be reminded of the love of Jesus. They need to know that Jesus is with them in good times and bad times.
3. Never Give Up on your Dreams
The world is filled with challenges but your words can make a difference.
3. The most caring and altruistic human I know
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3 most important lessons I learned from Mom and ways in which these things impacted my life.
Lesson #1: My mom is an incredibly generous person I’ve ever known.
I’ve learned to be generous and kind observing her.
Being generous may seem hard, but in the long run, it always outweighs any short term greed.
Generosity has paid me back ten folds time and time again in whatever I do. Nobody believes it, until they experience it for themselves.
Lesson #2: The most caring and altruistic human I know is my mom.
Since Jan 2016, my dad is battling to recover from hemorrhagic stroke which paralyzed him. He had a brain surgery so he cannot work and needs intense care all day.
My mom’s responsibilities have doubled. She is not only playing her role but also taking over dad’s responsibilities on her shoulders.
Supporting a family of five in a metropolitan city (Mumbai – India’s largest city) is a serious job. The way she manages everything is incredible.
It’s a constant surprise how she does so much every day without complaining. I strive to be just like her. ♥
Lesson #3: ❝The person that you will spend the most time with in your life is yourself, so try to make yourself as interesting as possible.❞
The first person who introduced me to this quote is my mom.
“Not all your friends will be forever with you. You’ll meet many temporary people in your life that are just meant to be your friend for that particular time in your life. So focus on being the best at what you do and help as many people as humanly possible without being a doormat.”—Rohan’s mom.
This inspired me to create my own personal role model – ‘Myself’.
I see my blog as my personal brand which describes my vision of the best version of myself. So I look up to the best version of me and try to be that way.
3 things I believe Mothers should say to her children on a daily basis.
We have a ritual of saying these three things every day in the morning –
- We appreciate each other and express our gratitude for having each other’s support.
- We genuinely exchange the phrase “I love you” often.
- Every day when I’m leaving for school she reminds me – “You’re the best. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart”.
4. You Are the Greatest Ammi (Mom) of This World!
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“I don’t have any problem if all my children don’t have any problem. I am so happy if all my children are happy”.
This was the motto of my mother who died three years ago and since then I laugh just to show people I am laughing and I become happy just to convince people I am happy.
Motherhood is the only relation in this world that founds on sacrifice from one side. Children have to take every benefit of having a mother while she happily puts her soul for the comfort, happiness and success of her kids.
After her death I desperately try to search her in every woman. I know everyone’s mother is the most unique being in this world but despite knowing this I just want to have a little glimpse of her in so many respected women living in my surrounding.
The greatness of every mother could be assessed with the fact that each child in a family very confidently claims his mother loves him most. This proves that the motherly love has no alternate. It could be correct if father loves one kid more than the other but a mother’s love is equal to all kids and everyone feels he is the luckiest to have biggest amount of her love.
But I don’t know why I still believe my mother loved me more than she loves to all my brothers and sisters. I never asked any of my sisters or brothers how much she loved them. I don’t know why I didn’t ask them but do know this is my innocence to keep believing she loves me most though she and every mother loves most all her kids equally.
I love you Ammi (Mom) and pretty sure you would be smilingly looking at me from the heaven right while I am sharing my feelings about you. You are the greatest Ammi of this world.
5. Celebrating My Mom – An Educator, Administrator and Best Adviser
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The 3 Most Important Lessons I Learned From Mom and Ways That These Things Have Impacted My Life
OMG! It’s really hard to figure up in few sentences. She has not only given me advice, she has given me life hacks.
There are three suggestions that she is not by any means mindful that she let me know through her activities, not her voice.
As my mom is an educator, an essential lesson I have gained from my mother is time administration, and that one don’t advise your plans to others. (Sometimes sharing with others can change your plan) And most important one is that happiness is the most important thing in life.
And at this point of my life, I realize this is THE BEST advice she has given to me. It’s a bounty identity that they taught me from an extremely youthful age and that I trust never to lose.
3 Things I Believe Mothers Should Say To Her Children on a Daily Basis.
I think these three epic things each mother ought to say to her youngsters:
1. Keep up a solid association with everybody. You never know whose help you may require in future.
2. Getting furious won’t give any solution. In case you’re searching for an answer, words and activities are just trust.
3. Respect those who are younger than you, if you don’t do that, don’t expect the same from people above you.
6. A Woman of Grace, Strength and Courage Who Has Overcome the Odds
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My Mother was born in a town, and she has got some desires like living in a good house/bungalow with all the basic luxury that one can have for a happy living.
But unfortunately with my father working in a Forest Department those days, she has to wander in some remote villages where there is no power, no proper transportation and most dangerously, with quarters where different creatures like Snakes, Scorpions, Centipedes, mongoose and many things are daily seen wandering around our quarters.
I was very young at that time, and I have witnessed twice my mother has been bitten by a scorpion and a centipede and one of the incidents involved to save me from a scorpion.
We have lived in such remote locations in my childhood, and my mother is the one who is an 8th standard passed women and who taught me nursery and kindergarten classes as there are no schools nearby.
I have joined directly into 1st standard as the school Principal was surprised by seeing the knowledge I got that time due to the teachings of my mother.
My Mother since then with four children (I am the eldest, and I have two sisters and a brother). My second sister and my younger brother are lucky to not live in remote locations as my father has got transferred to better towns after their birth.
Meanwhile, we struggled a lot with not properly built quarters and many such things.
3 Things I Have Learned from my Awesome Mother
As there is much room to discuss a ton of things here, I am closing this with the three things I have learned from my awesome mother.
1) My Mother is my role model in many of my achievements even today, and I took courage, adaptability, and patience from her.
2) I learned how to save money in the crunch times and in worst times and how to avoid begging or bargaining money instead adjust my lifestyle accordingly.
3) I learned responsibilities and how to handle situations where you have to pass some hard roads.
7. My Mentor, My Pillar of Strength and A Mother Who Never Leaves the Path of Truth
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The 3 most important lessons I learned from mom and ways that these things have impacted my life
– There are thousands of things I have learned from my Mumma. But, keeping the question in mind, I am mentioning 3 most important lessons that I learned from her:
- Don’t leave the path of truth: My Mumma always said that whatever the situation I get into I should never leave the path of truth. I followed this lesson religiously, and it helped me in many tough situations. Though sometimes it becomes tough to be on the path of truth, but due to her lesson, I have been following this, and I have always come out of bad situations sooner or later. The end result is always good when you follow the path of truth.
Due to this, I have gradually developed more trust in speaking the truth always.
- Never Give Up: My Mumma always said not to give up ever. I still remember the days when I had a bad day at the exam, and I got disheartened, but my Mumma stood behind me and kept on consoling me and giving the motivation to perform better next time. She used to tell me that if something is not going well now, don’t just give up rather keep on trying.
Now, I am happy to say that I have followed her words, and I am somehow successful in my own ways. Many times when my blogs get low traffic and due to that my business goes into loss, I don’t give up rather keep on working. Due to such attitude, I have come out of such bad situations many times.
- Don’t betray: My Mumma always had a concern that her kids don’t do any wrong things to anyone, and most importantly they don’t betray anyone be it with friends, family, or anyone.
I am happy that I got this suggestion from her since my childhood because that filled my mind with only good things. I cannot do any bad to anyone as I always have a fear that if I would do something wrong, I will die with the guilt of doing so.
This learning from her has always helped me maintain good relations with my friends, family members, business partners, clients, and anyone with whom I deal.
Bonus: My Mom used to tell me that money comes and goes, but relationships stay forever, so handle relationships with care and never break any relationship because of money.
3 things you believe mothers should say to her children on a daily basis.
Again, there are thousands of things that every mother should tell her children, but if I have to choose the three only, so I would say that every mother should say to her kids that:
- Don’t lie unless it is for some noble cause.
- Honesty is the best policy.
- Give priority to relationships over money.
8. She Builds A Legacy and Then Pass It On
This poem written by Yvonne I. Wilson was first published here on EMB on May 8th 2013 when we launched our very first Mothers Who Rock series.
I take this opportunity to republish it today in honor of my Mother’s Legacy and to celebrate our Mothers with my fellow bloggers. Although my Mom is not alive her memory lives on in my heart and she will be forever missed.
I dedicate this poem to all Mothers around the world, Happy Mother’s Day! You Rock!