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Sis. Lian Ellis with her mother and daughter

Every year on Mother’s Day, I wake up to breakfast in bed expertly prepared by my loving husband, Shawn, and excited daughter. “This is your day,” they tell me as I get pampered all day. On Mother’s Day, my hubby usually cooks my favourite meal of Salmon with rice or potatoes. That’s actually the first meal he cooked for me when we were dating and I’ve been hooked ever since.

I also get pampered with a trip to the spa to have a manicure, pedicure and sometimes even a massage. I remember one year my hubby did my pedicure at home, which included a foot soak and a foot massage. But the best part of the day is when the family piles into the bed and we watch a movie of my choice. I, of course, choose a Disney movie every time and we enjoy it while singing along. Upon reflection, what makes this day so perfect is being surrounded by my family and being reminded how blessed we are to have a household of unconditional love, faith and support.

When I think back on it, I used to do the same things for my mother when I was growing up and I now I am the recipient of this awesome treatment. But as I reflected even more on all the mothers who have influenced my life, how do I say Thank You to each of them?

Thank you Moms for putting your kids first and often sacrificing some of your career aspirations so your children could achieve theirs.

Thank you Moms for being excellent in chemistry because no one can prepare a home-cooked meal like you.

Thank you Moms for cheering the loudest at our soccer practices and even piano recitals.

Thank you Moms for doing the little things every day, like preparing meals, cleaning up the house, helping us with homework and still taking the time to tuck us in at night.

Thank you Moms for cradling us in your arms when we get hurt and being Dr. Mom for every headache, toothache, tummy ache and heartache.

Thank you Moms for reading Uncle Arthur’s Bedtime Stories to us and helping us learn our memory verses for 13th Sabbath.

Thank you Moms for helping us to become that woman in Proverbs 31:28, whose “… children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her.”

Thank you Moms of Apple Creek for helping to shape me to be the woman I am today, by pouring into me your love, support and wisdom.


By Lian Ellis