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This week’s FMF writing prompt is: REALIZE




After I became a mom (almost 18 years ago!), I gained a brand new perspective on what my mom did for me and my younger sister. As the years continue to pass by, I realize more and more just how much she sacrificed for us.

When I was seven years old and my younger sister was five, our mom became a single mom.

By God’s grace, I still have no idea what that must be like.

Every now and then, something happens and I think, “How did she ever do that?!”

This past week, my husband, teenagers, and I drove over 18 hours one way to get from Michigan to Florida for spring break. We put over 2,650 miles on our car in ten days.

When I was growing up, my single mom used to drive through the night to Florida by herself to take my sister and me on spring break.

Through the night?! By herself?! 

At the time, I didn’t think much of it. I just curled up in the back seat and slept. Oblivious.

Now, I have no idea how she managed it.

She’s been gone for more than 11 years now, and I wish I had told her more often how grateful I was (and still am) for all that she did for us. I know it wasn’t easy, and yet I can’t remember hearing her complain. She did it all out of joy.




If you’d like to read more about my amazing mom and her legacy, I share quite a bit of her story (among many other things) in my memoir,

A Place to Land: A Story of Longing and Belonging

A Place to Land





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