A Remarkable Woman & What I Learned
She’s courageously traveled the world while raising a family.
She is from a small farming community in Canada and lived on a farm. Her childhood consisted of school, farm yard chores, family and friends.
When she went to Bible school, her big brown eyes stole the heart of my Dad. They fell in love, were married and my Dad took up farming in a small community. She thought she had married a farmer.
Then everything changed. They decided to become missionaries. The traveling began. A few years later, I arrived and was followed by my brother and two sisters.
We lived aboard missionary ships sailing around the world. My Mom navigated cultures, weekly discovering new places for us to play and to shop. The changes were constant as the ship sailed to a new port every few weeks and as people left and joined the ship every few months.
She created a stable and consistent home for us. No small feat on a floating vessel filled with over a hundred other people. She listened to her children and her heart broke as we struggled to regain our footing after each move. Her big brown eyes held compassion, wisdom and strength.
She taught me to be kind to myself. At night when my mind would spin, she would firmly tell me, “Dee Dee, that’s enough thinking for tonight. Go take a shower and go to bed. Everything will look better in the morning.”
She was right. I still hear her voice at night when my mind begins to spin & wander into dark corners.
She taught me to be kind to others, gently encouraging me to see the other side and to listen well. I remember her friends who deeply valued her gentle quietness and who felt heard and accepted by her. She observed and listened well.
Today my Mom lives far away. I’m in California while she and my Dad live in South Carolina. They continue to dedicate their lives and time to missions. I wish they lived closer so we could have coffee and dinner on a regular basis. I miss them.
Happy (early) Mother’s Day.
I love you so much!
I can’t begin to describe the impact you have made on my life and how much I value you, your words, your wisdom & my relationship with you.
Thank you for raising us well. Thank you for creating safety and a home amidst all the changes.
Your Dee Dee