In a world where there are so many influences pulling at us and our children, every which way, the quote below, hit home to me. Oh, how I depended on my mother for a positive, perfect role model. And still to this day, I find myself asking,"How would Mom handle this?" or "What would Mom say?" or "How often would Mom clean this" or "What would Mom serve for this occassion?", etc, etc. I am eternally grateful for a mother who never looked away or took a break from what she knew to be right and true, who mothered with love and tenderness, and yes... sternness when it was called for (sorry Mom!). And she was always, always a constant in my life. Always there at the crossroads when we'd come home from school. Always. And she still is. Love you forever, Mom!
"My dear young women, with all my heart I urge you not to look to contemporary culture for your role models and mentors. Please look to your faithful mothers for a pattern to follow. Model yourselves after them, not after celebrities whose standards are not the Lord’s standards and whose values may not reflect an eternal perspective. Look to your mother. Learn from her strengths, her courage, and her faithfulness. Listen to her. She may not be a whiz at texting; she may not even have a Facebook page. But when it comes to matters of the heart and the things of the Lord, she has a wealth of knowledge. As you approach the time for marriage and young motherhood, she will be your greatest source of wisdom. No other person on earth loves you in the same way or is willing to sacrifice as much to encourage you and help you find happiness—in this life and forever."