A Mother’s Day Tribute: How Can I Thank You, Mom?

A Mother's Day Tribute: How Can I Say Thanks? Poem by Rebecca Barlow Jordan Years ago, I wrote this poem for my mom on Mother’s Day. I’m sharing it with you today as a tribute to my late mom and to mothers everywhere. By now, you can tell that I enjoy Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s poetry?  🙂

How Can I Thank You, Mom?

Let Me Count the Ways


Rebecca Barlow Jordan

I thank you for the tender care you gave to me each day;

the times you rocked me in your arms, and sent bad drams away.

I thank you for the times you picked me up from spills and falls,

for smiling with approval of my silly, childish scrawls.

I thank you for the times we spent vacationing through the years,

for always letting me collect my precious souvenirs.

I thank you for the bandaids, and the permanents, and tears,

for laughter and sweet music, for respecting childish fears.

I thank you for the stories and the prayers shared at night,

and even for the discipline to turn my wrongs to right.

I thank you for not giving up on me in adolescence,

for showing me throughout my life, it’s love that makes a difference.

I thank you for the memories of years that fleeted by,

too fast, it seems, for now I reminisce and heave a sigh.

And yet there’s more to thank you for; there really is no end.

For even now as I extend this special thanks to you,

I say without a single doubt, my greatest joy will be

to echo to my children all the love you’ve shown to me.

“Love…always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:7-8 NIV

If your mom is still living, don’t forget to say “thank you” to her often, especially on Mother’s Day.  And if she’s gone, thank God often for the memories you have and the life and legacy she gave to you. I lost my mom four years ago. And I still miss her. Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms!

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6 Responses to “A Mother’s Day Tribute: How Can I Thank You, Mom?”

  1. Shelly Burke on May 7th, 2012 8:09 am

    I am so thankful for my mom’s support. When I was a kid, she and dad always encouraged us in what we were doing, and instilled in us the confidence that we could do anything we wanted to do.

    Today, she still encourages me and my family and she’s interested in all we do!

    Thanks mom! I love you! And I’m so happy we’ll be spending Mother’s Day together, celebrating our daughter’s graduation!

  2. Amy G. on May 7th, 2012 8:25 pm

    I was blessed with a gentle, loving mother. I have so many wonderful memories of her. One that always stands out is when I would sit with her in our rocker/swivel chair while she read “Bambi” to me. My older siblings were at school and my younger brother was not yet born. My mom always was (and still is) faith-filled and a true role model. And what really amazes me is that Mom’s own mother was seriously ill for most of the short time that she had with her children before she lost her battle with cancer (my mom was just 12 when she lost her mother). Yet you’d never know that she grew up without her mom. I’ve told my mom that I’ll never be able to repay her for all that she’s done for me. The best way for me to show Mom my appreciation is to do for my own children all that she’s done for me.

  3. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on May 8th, 2012 9:37 am

    Thanks for your encouraging words about your mom, Shelly. Sounds like a wonderful relationship!

  4. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on May 8th, 2012 9:39 am

    Amy, what a sweet tribute to your mom. Sounds like God has given her courage and gentleness through the years–a great combination. What would we do without our moms? I’m glad you have good memories.

  5. Dwitun narzary on May 10th, 2013 10:22 pm

    I love you mom…..and …….a advance 12 th happy mothers day

  6. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on May 13th, 2013 1:23 pm

    Thanks for stopping by, Dwitun, and for sharing those wishes for your mom.

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