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Guess what I get to do this summer? I’m hosting my mother-in-law as she recovers from hip replacement surgery. Lest you think I’m complaining, I’m not. Quite the opposite, in fact. I am delighted to be able to serve this woman who has lived to serve others.
Kaye was also a mother of three active little boys like me. When she became a single mom, she had to take on a brand new job, and pursue her master’s degree at the same time. Although circumstances required her to work outside the home, she never sacrificed her care for her boys.
They each played sports and she found a way to attend all their games, often rising at 4:30 am so she could get to work early and be home in time. She once told me that she brought her textbooks everywhere in order to fit in her homework. All three boys took music lessons, had special birthday parties, and went to Pizza Hut with Mom every Friday night. They knew that she was always available to talk to them at any time.
Her sacrifice was great and her labor was constant. Many times it went unnoticed, but it has borne much fruit. Today her three sons have grown up to become godly men. All three have wives and sons of their own.
And Kaye is a wonderful grandmother to a new generation of active boys who are so glad she’s staying with us. They pester me all day to be allowed to “visit” her and bring her trays of food or show her the picture they have painted. No matter how tired she feels, she always greets them with a joyful smile and listens attentively to their chatter.
Do you see why having Kaye in our home is the highlight of my summer? What can one do to repay a woman like this? I have her to thank, humanly speaking, for my husband, and I am eternally grateful for what she has given to me.
To all you single moms reading this, I want to say thank you for your sacrifice. May you be encouraged by the fruit of one woman’s faithfulness to press on in this work that God has called you to. As you draw upon His grace, and rely upon His strength, you can look forward to a day when future generations will be blessed.
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9