These awards were conceived after my husband received an achievement award at work, I shared my pride with my best friend, and she responded by emailing me the first Mom Achievement Award.
We are mothers. We do not see recognition for changing diapers, washing laundry, or mopping floors. Our achievements, such as getting dinner on the table and settling a dispute between irate siblings, are significant only to our immediate family. But, they are still significant.
Yes, God has called us to this vocation. It is impossible to have children without His hand, and He has sent us the perfect number, ages, genders, and personalities to bring out the best in ourselves. Of course, that means many, many character building days, as He chisels away our undesirable attributes and leads us to holiness. The only reward we truly seek is our eternal reward.
So, my dear friend, as publicly as I can, I want to recognize you for your achievements as a mother. For even if no one else sees your hard work and dedication, God sees, and I know from being your friend, that He is pleased.
MH, I hereby declare that your loving sensitivity to the needs of your children has been noticed. You never fail in seeking what is best for each one of their minds, bodies, and souls, and that is to be applauded. And, of course, your unconditional love for your children, demonstrated by the continual pesronal sacrifices you make on their behalf, is officially recognized in this declaration. May our Lord bless your family and your vocation as a mother!