This Sunday is Mother's Day - a day to remember those special ladies in our lives.
I count myself extremely lucky, because my mother, Mary Lonice Hobbs, still is alive. There are many children whose mothers have departed this world. My mother-in-law, the late Ivylin Howell White, of Jewell, is one of them.
Along with my Mama, the mother of five children, including twin boys, my mother-in-law was a super, special lady in my life. She was in the life of my wife, Laurie, and her siblings, Cindy and Doug, too, as well as many others who loved her.
Mammy is gone on to Heaven, but she certainly isn't forgotten. I will always remember my mother-in-law and what a thoughtful, caring and loving lady she was to me. I hold many fond memories of her and always will, just as my wife, her sister and their brother will, forever.
Just as I did last year when my wife's mother wasn't around, I'll try to think of my wife in a more loving, tender way.
I'll let her know how proud I am of the way she helped to raise my son, David, her step-son, and her biological son, Daniel Palmer. Both boys learned much from Laurie. She did an exceptional job with both of them. And I applaud her for such accomplishment.
It's her special day, too. For she's a terrific mother, too!
I know I don't often tell her, but I sincerely appreciate her influence in the lives of the boys. They are better boys for having had her as a mother.
As for my Mama, I have many fond memories, too.
She's always been there for me, as well as my siblings - whether to pick us up and brush our legs or clothes off when we fell as little children or to kiss us good night before we went to bed at night.
God couldn't have blessed me with a better or more loving Mama than He did.
She's been the real rock of our family for as long as I can remember. My Dad died when he was just 49 from cancer. So she's had a lot to endure by herself for many years. She's a strong lady, though, and has managed to get through the rough times.
I admire my Mama very much. She's always known how to be tough when she needed to be. She's also been a great counselor when my sisters, brother and I have needed her to direct the paths of our lives.
My Mama has always wanted one thing for her five children - for us to be happy!
Now that I've been a parent for a little more than 21 years, I want for my boys the exact same thing - happiness!