Mother’s Day is a great time to honor the women we know who make such a huge difference in the lives of children. Let me tell you a little about one of my best friends who is a true super mom.
Sandra is a foster mom. She and her husband started working in fostercare 22 years ago, and they specialized in teenage girls. They’ve opened their home to more than 30 children during that time. In addition, she had six children of her own. The oldest two are grown, and they lost their 12-year-old, wheelchair bound, disabled daughter a few years ago. Her youngest two are twins boys.
Through it all, she loved girl after girl. Sandra tells each young lady that when they come to her house, the girl is there to stay unless the girl does something to ruin it. She makes sure they know this is their home.
She doesn’t try to take their mother’s place but tries to be the kind of mother they need right now. Her motto is “kind but firm,” and knows that teenage girls need special care. Consequently, her foster children have remained close to her as adults. Their children call her grandma. So, although she’s only 46, she has a twenty-year-old grandson!
Fostercare gets a lot of bad press on television, but there a lot of great foster parents out there who deserve our respect and honor. Sandra is just one of those women, and I think she’s a great example of motherhood at its best.
Mother’s Day Contest
In honor of Mother’s Day, I’m giving away a two-book special. Tell me about a mother you know who could use a little When Love Calls pampering for a chance to win a book for her and one for yourself. Contest ends on Saturday at noon and is open to all U.S. addresses (because of shipping costs.)
If you leave your e-mail address, I’ll contact you. If you’re not comfortable with that, check back on Saturday.