For My Mom

Not all beautiful baby girls are born into beautiful families.Some are born into brokenness.

Some are born into poverty.

Some are placed into hands that are well meaning, but ill-equipped. Some are entrusted to hearts that want to love, but can’t.

Some are brought into houses too ravaged by sin and selfishness to ever really be homes.

Not every beautiful baby girl gets handed a beautiful life.

Some have to reach out and take hold of it for themselves . . . some have to choose a different path . . . some have to cultivate a new family tree . . . some have to really believe that all their yesterdays do not predetermine their tomorrows . . . some have to utterly forsake failure and run hard after freedom . . . some have to resolve to stop the sin cycle in its tracks and birth a whole new generation that hungers and thirsts for righteousness.

My mom was one of those baby girls.

And today I want to say thank you . . .

  • Thank you for saying “yes” to Jesus, not just the day you asked Him to be your Lord and Savior, but every single day since then as well.
  • Thank you for choosing forgiveness and, in turn, choosing to love with a whole heart.
  • Thank you for choosing to learn what your mom wasn’t able to teach you.
  • Thank you for making our house a home . . . a haven . . . a refuge . . . a little taste of heaven on earth.
  • Thank you for loving and serving my dad so faithfully.
  • Thank you for adopting my brother – a long, hard, OH-SO-WORTH-IT act of faith that continues to reward us all.
  • Thank you for making all of our special days so very special. Every tradition we have, you created. It thrills my heart to carry them on.
  • Thank you for allowing Jesus to bear your burdens and tend to your wounds so that your children never had to.
  • Thank you for loving God’s Word. Obviously, it was contagious.
  • Thank you for proving that in Christ dysfunction is a choice and for never allowing it in our home.
  • Most of all, thank you for showing me that the gospel doesn’t just have the power to transform individuals – It has the power to transform generations.

Not all baby girls are born into beautiful families, but I was. By God’s grace and the faithfulness of a woman who chose to walk a different path, I was.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you mom.

I love you so very, very much.

My mom holding my boy.

My mom holding my boy.



  1. How inspiring for us moms who were raised in a household where Jesus was just another name. A reminder to be ever thankful to a loving God who reaches from Heaven and chooses us, and an inspiration to press on in passing along that faith to our children and grandchildren. Aprile, what a beautiful tribute to your mom! Thank you for sharing it :))

    • Rhonda, thank you. I too am so very thankful for a loving God who reaches down and chooses us. His redeeming love is so complete, so perfect. Happy Mother’s Day, friend.

  2. Dawn Robinson says

    Awesome trbuiate to your mom and a great reminder of how far God has brought us. Thank you for taking the time to share. Dawn

  3. Pamela Mattox says

    Aprile, I could barely finish reading through my tears. Your words touched me to the core, and then all the more when I read you were referring to your own precious mother. Oh how I have prayed just today as i spent time with my Father that my children would feel the same and one day be able to say such things about me as their mother. I can only imagine the overwhelming blessing this was for your mom to read. Her heart must be so very full of gratitude. Thank you for sharing with your readers…love to you! And Happy Mother’s Day, friend :0)

    • Thank you so much, Pamela. You, too, are a stunning picture of the completeness and perfect sufficiency of Christ’s redeeming work. I have no doubt that your children will feel the same way and “rise up and call you blessed.” In fact, though they may lack the maturity to fully express it in words, I believe that they already do. Love you, friend.

  4. Debbie Hill says

    Aprile, as I’m reading this at the end of this special day, my heart was moved greatly. What a beautiful tribute to your precious mom….what heartfelt words filled with such love and tenderness! What a sweet picture you and your mom give us all of God’s love and grace….Thank you for once again sharing your heart and blessing my day! Happy Mother’s Day to you, special friend! :))

    • Thank you so much Debbie. Yes, she is a lovely picture of God’s love and grace. I’m so, so thankful for her. Also very thankful for the spiritual “moms” in my life like you. 🙂

  5. Thanks for sharing these thoughts with us who read your blog…it was a very good one to read today for so many reasons.
    … and I’m thankful for Debbie Hill too 🙂

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