Happy Mother’s Day: A Tribute to the Moms in My Life
My sister Joyce Dover, mother of two, walks across the stage at Carl Albert State College to receive a diploma. She will be a physical therapy assistant.
Today is Mother’s Day, and if you are walking this earth you have a mom to thank for it. Today I thought I would pay tribute to all of the moms in my life by telling all of you a little bit about why their praise is so well deserved.
My daughter Leigha with my wife Kristie. They are wearing the hats not because they love Sci-Fi, but because they love the nerd who took the picture.
Next is my wife, Kristie. She is definitely the greatest Mom I know. She wanted since kindergarden to be a home-maker, and the proof is in her dedication. We have four kids between the ages of 12 and 6. They are more than a handful, and I don’t know what I’d do without her. She now works at the elementary where my children attend, takes them all to school, does many menial tasks around our house that never get noticed, spent all day yesterday weeding our garden, has an artist’s eye for photography, takes care of her crazy writer husband and still finds time to plant flowers and love on our kids. I cannot say enough about her. She is fantastic, beautiful and more than I deserve. Happy Mother’s day, my love.
Joyce is hurling an egg at her son Colby. He probably deserved it…or maybe he didn’t…that’s just my sis.
Finally, there is my sister, Joyce Dover. She went back to school after her two children were teenagers. Her oldest daughter Kiersten will graduate from high school next May, and her son Colby begins high school next Fall. I went to her graduation at Carl Albert State College on Friday night. Up until graduation, she and her husband were active in youth ministry at their church in Stigler, Oklahoma. Jeff, her husband, left the ministry after 21 years to pursue a career in the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. While Joyce was finishing up her coursework, Jeff entered the 60th Highway Patrol Academy with much promise. He was one of the top five cadets in his class and also the oldest at 39. Jeff came to a point where even though the mental and physical demands of the academy were not a factor (the guy runs marathons), he just “didn’t feel right about it.” He approached the officers in charge with the news that he was resigning. They tried to talk him out of it, but he felt that God sent him through the Academy to learn that he was best suited for ministry after all, and he is. We are all very proud of Jeff, but I think often about my sister. She supported Jeff throughout his soul-testing. She has graduated with honors from her program all while raising two children and watching her husband go through probably one of the most life-changing experiences of his career as a minister. I am so proud of them both. Seeing her walk across the stage at the commencement was one I will never forget. Happy Mother’s Day, Joyce.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there who do great things and are never noticed for it. If your mom is still living and you can get in touch with her, then do so today. She has done so much for you in her life and even if the two of you have exchanged words that are hurtful, or if your mother is angry at you for something, at least try to tell her you love her today. She’s your mom, after all.