Five words that describe my mom

I describe my mom as creative
My mom, who thinks she is not creative, made this cross-stitch for me in 1990. It is one of many beautiful touches from her that help make my house a home.

1. Creative

My mom does not consider herself to be creative, which is too bad, because everyone else knows that she is. She does needlework, painting, drawing, and interior decorating, and while she’s not a professional in any of these areas, she leaves lasting beauty in everything she touches.

2. Engaged

By this I mean that my mom is both an observer and a participant in life. She is continually learning—through audiobooks, documentaries, and occasional classes. She asks questions and remembers responses. She actively maintains old friendships while also developing new ones.

I describe my mom as sharing

3. Sharing

This goes hand-in-hand with being engaged. About half of the audiobooks I listen to are recommendations from my mom. Most recently, I listened to Kathryn Stockett’s The Help (audiobook and other formats available from, which she had been very excited about. (After listening to it myself, I could see why—it’s an intricately woven story, and the characterizations by Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and Cassandra Campbell are, in a word, perfect.) Besides books, my mom often shares films, television shows, her cooking, her time, and her home. When my mom is blessed with something good, she likes to share it with others.

4. Supportive

When I say my mom is supportive, I don’t just mean in an emotional, intangible way. My mom will help you clean the house you just bought; she’ll bring a main dish, side dish, and dessert to any family gathering; she’ll paint your hallways and join you in the back yard for major raking, clipping, weeding, and transplanting; she’ll help with the new babies who need babysitting as well as the grandfather who needs a Sunday meal; she’ll show up for all the concerts, games, programs, and ministries that her kids and grandkids are involved in. She has almost as much energy as her four-year-old granddaughter, and she uses it to share life with you when you can’t get everything done that you want to.

5. Example

My mom is an example to me. Not that I want to be just like her (she would probably say she expects more from me than that!), but in all the most important things, I want to follow in her footsteps. And I want to live the kind of life that would make other people want to follow in my footsteps. If, someday, people recognize me as a Bible-reading, church-belonging, always-learning, always-sharing child of God, what more could I ask? And what greater tribute could I pay to my mom? (My dad, too, but I’ll be blogging about him in June.)

In the Bible, the Apostle Paul writes this in one of his letters to Timothy: “I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.” (2 Timothy 1:5) Paul is describing a faith that is passed down from generation to generation, just as my grandmother’s and mother’s has been. I thank God for that.

Happy Mothers Day, Mom. Thank you for everything you do, and everything you are!

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6 thoughts on “Five words that describe my mom”

  1. What a beautiful picture of the woman that Proverbs 31 talks about. I love how you personalized the qualities.
    She is a wonderful person who I also was touched by when I was a young girl. First she was my Calvinette teacher who we all looked up to and then she and your dad were our youth leaders who were loads of fun and whom all the kids really respected. Those are two more testimonies that go along with how you have described her wonderful traits.
    Thanks for sharing Melanie! I have always seen such great energy and love for learning in life in you and now I know where it comes from.

  2. Hi Melanie, I think I am going to use your idea to describe my mom for Mother’s day on my blog. Thanks for the idea. I hope I can do half as good a job for her as you did for your mom’s tribute. Thanks!

    • Jane, it’s good to hear from you! I will say this: I sent this link to my mom this morning, and even though she’s not into blogging, she did read this one. Her comment was: “My Dear Melanie, I have read your blog and will say, ‘Totally, totally exaggerated – but totally, totally appreciated.’ I don’t need anything else for Mother’s Day – ever. :) ”

      Isn’t she cute?

  3. I’d add “generous” to the list, Melanie. Mom invited me into your family almost 25 years ago, not with words, but with gestures of time and caring. Thanks, Mom, for all that you are!

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