Sunday, May 10, 2009

Rise and Call her Blessed!

Our weekend has been a bit odd, considering its Mother's Day. As usual, we don't do "the usual" here in Doha. Its Sunday and we're back to work and school. This day has always been important but there's something special about today that I can't describe. To say that we miss our moms and family is an understatement but what's been heavy on my heart today is how thankful I am for our incredible moms. Not only are they incredible women, they truly have impacted OUR lives as MOTHERS for where we are today...as in Doha, Qatar. Considering such a big move, we wouldn't be here with peace and joy that only God can give.

Kathy, Nick's mom has influenced him and directed him into the man I dearly love and respect. His determination, drive, and honor is a direct result of the mother she is. She encouraged him in the perfect way to give him confidence and security to follow God's lead all the way to Doha with his family. If you know her, she has incredible work ethic and the ability to stick it out when things get tough. Thank the Lord for her loving example and what she taught her son. Not to mention, her prayers, support and encouragement as we dive into this Doha journey.

If someone would have told me or my mom that the Junods would be living in the Middle East right now, we would have said "you're out of your mind". God has been prepping us for this move all along. Thank goodness for His provision and what he instilled in me through my sweet mom. She is a woman of prayer and Godliness that one day I hope I can attain. No doubt she has had the greatest influence on my life and I pray I can do 1/2 as much for my boys. Not once has she doubted, but always encouraged our decision to come to Doha. Our unusually close family didn't hesitate to support our move. Although hard, she has always "let go" and let God work. I want to hold on so closely to my boys that I can't imagine shipping them off to another country (especially with my grandchildren). Her faithfulness and love for me has given me the strength to do this move with ease.


So this Mother's Day goes straight to the heart of what a blessing our mother's have been and how thankful we are for both of them. They've raised us right. Our number one mission is to follow the Lord. We've definitely made mistakes but this Doha mountain is a place of peace and comfort because we know we are where we are suppose to be. Without our moms we wouldn't be here and we wouldn't be the individuals we are as a mom, dad, brother, sister, friend, daughter and son.
Like no other time before, we're so proud of you and honored to be your son and your daughter, as
"your children we rise and call you blessed"
Proverbs 31:27


Please don't kill me for these pictures. I know they're not great but they represent monumental moments. Both were taken with tears in our eyes as we gave you one last hug before the big move. I'll never forget them.

For my Mother's day we had fun as a family and I didn't have to cook a thing. Plus all 3 of my boys gave me a new Ryrie study Bible which was a great surprise because its something I've been wanting. Its truly a gift to be a mommy to my Bees. These boys are my everything! I'm trying as hard as I can to live my life to serve them and their daddy with the help of God's grace. What a privilege it is!!

11 comments:

shannonmichaelis said...

almost a perfect photo of you and the boys! great toast to the mommies. and yes, what a great support system. enjoy your first doha mother's day!

Ashley Hall said...

That pic of you and the boys is a beauty!!! Your words were awesome and so true! Happy Mom's Day to you!!! Love you!

Six Halls said...

You are such a wonderful mother, daughter, sister and friend! Happy Mother's Day!

Caryn said...

What a sweet tribute to the Mother's in your life. I love getting to be a Mommy alongside you! Love you.

thesheps said...

I love it!! Such "heart" words from you... I loved reading it!! Miss you!!! Can't wait to see you.

angie said...

What joy you just brought to my heart! Such sweet words. I know your mom can't wait to told you:-). I love that pic of you and the Bees, you guys look so happy! I hope you had a wonderful day in Doha.

Hunter, Amanda, Hudson and Maddie said...

wendi...you made me cry!!! such a sweet post! you are such a great mom and your boys are so blessed!!!

Katie Tuley said...

Precious. I thought of you all day long. Love you, and I am so glad you do such a great job posting so I can keep up! Happy belated Mother's Day.

Jaime said...

great pics and memories! Thank you so much for your compliments on my blog...I'm SUCH a novice. I'm using the canon rebel xsi and that was with the 50mm lens. I am still playing around with ISO, apeture setting, etc. I'm still noticing that areas on the face aren't focused, etc., so I have a ways to go and NOPE, no classes...I need one. Speaking of, it's funny you wrote this b/c I've noticed your pics are all gorgeous. Let me know what you use and your tips. As far as creativity, thank you...I love bridge pics so I just played around on a bridge at a park. I'm TRYING to be interesting. ;-)

Leslie said...

This is a bit late - but I hope you had a wonderful mother's day. I can't imagine being so selfless and encouraging my children if it meant them moving to another country. Kuddos to your mom and to you for trusting your husband and ultimately trusting God and seeking him first! Your boys are beautiful!! Summer is almost here Wendy!

Ashley said...

What a cute picture of you and the boys. They are adorable! Matt told me to tell you hello!