My Mother, My Friend, My Heart
Throughout history, there have been millions of women. Many of those women have been mothers, and most have been great mothers. I have personally seen and met hundreds of wonderful mothers in my life. However, I do believe that the best mother in this entire world is my own. My Mom is the most deserving person of a “mother award.” Why is my Mom so great? Well, let me tell you….
My Mom is Dawn Mangum. She is an ordinary woman that has been extraordinary in the life of her four children, Kathryn, Rebecca, Zack, and Rachel. From the beginning, my Momma always told me how much she wanted us. My Daddy and her tried to have me (Kathryn) for over a year. She tells me constantly how much she longed for me and prayed for me. Once I was born it did not take long (13 months to be exact) for my sister Rebecca to arrive. 17 months after that, Zack was born, and then 4 years later Rachel came into this world.
My Mom did such a wonderful job of raising the four of us. Being a strong Christian woman, she made sure to always show us what is right and wrong. She made sure we were always cared for, at school, dressed, fed, and attended church as much as possible! She raised us with dignity, strength, perseverance, grace, and compassion. Until I was six, she worked a full time job and was still home every night to provide us supper and tuck us into bed. She made sure we each were doing extracurricular activities and she always made sure to be at every event we ever had. With four children, I am sure it could not have been easy to always make sure we each knew how much we were and are loved. She did it though. She constantly showed us love.
The older I got, the closer I got to my Mom. She switched from the role of just being my caretaker and Mom to being my best friend. She always sang, “You are my sunshine” to me and would call me her sunshine. Little does she know that it is actually her who is my “Sunshine.” My Mom has carried me through everything.
She has a way of always making everything special. She celebrates everything!! She celebrated our first tooth coming out, our first word, our birthdays, every holiday, etc. She still makes everything so special. She has a birthday for everyone, every single year. She will cook our favorite food and make our favorite cake and have a big ole family celebration at my parents’ house. She still makes sure we have Christmas with “Santa” At 26, 25, 23, and 20 years old, she still makes us Easter baskets and gives us valentines. She makes us feel like we are the most important people in the world…and to her, we are.
My Mom has shown unending support through everything we have done. She hugged us goodbye when we needed to leave and find our way, and she welcomed us back home when we lost our way. She supported our hopes, our dreams, and our desires. She constantly covered us in prayer and love. She welcomed every boyfriend or girlfriend into her home (even when she knew they were not right for us.) She stood by us when we would lose those we thought we loved and constantly was our shoulder to cry on.
She has been our constant. She has been the person we run to when we are happy, and when we are sad. When I met my husband, Rhett, she stayed up hours to listen to me talk about him. She was there when I said, “yes” to his proposal. She walked me through every decision and step of our wedding. She did the same for my sister, Rebecca, when she met her husband Tripp. My Mom planned two weddings in one year!!! That in it self deserves an award!!
My brother decided to sign up to be a Marine this past November. Although it scared my Mom to death, she hugged him and told him how proud she is of him. When my brother, Zack, left for Parris Island to compete Recruit Training in January, she drove him to his recruit officer. For the next three months, she wrote my brother every single day. She prayed over him and showered him with encouragement, scripture, and prayers. When she was reunited with her son this past weekend (May 3) she wept as she ran to hug him.
She walks along my youngest sister Rachel as she prepares for her career. She supports Rachel’s decision to major in “Broadcast Journalism” and has encouraged Rachel every step of the way. She makes sure that Rachel is taken care of and happy in college. She shows up to take Rachel out for the much needed study break.
Now, as my sister and I prepare for our family, she supports us and prays for her future Grandchildren. She offers her encouragement and advice on what we should do. She prays for us when we experience heartache. My sister is due with her first child in July, and she feels prepared to be a mother, because she has had such a great role model in my Mom.
Just this past month, my husband and I experienced the lost of a child we thought we would have in June. My Mom was the first one to come to our home and cry with us. She offered not only a shoulder to cry on, but she offered protection, and love, and unending faith. She prayed with us and constantly told us that God has an ultimate plan for us. Without what she has taught me, I would not have had the faith to make it through this loss. She reassures me on my bad days that Rhett and I will indeed be parents one day. She loves me when I feel hopeless. She prays for us when we feel like no one else is there.
My Mother is our biggest advocate. She fights for us. She is the reason why we are so close. She holds our family together. There is not another woman in this world that is as deserving of a “Mother” award than my sweet Momma. She is my hero. She is my best friend. She is the woman that I respect and look up to. She is the woman that I want to strive to be like when I do become a mother. There is not another woman in this world that I could be more blessed by. She will make a wonderful grandmother to my sister’s baby and one day, to ours. She touches lives every single day. She shows kindness to everyone. She is an exemplary woman and Mother. I can only hope to be ½ of the mother that she has been.