My mom is amazing. She's amazing for several reasons. Not all of which can be explained away in one measly blog post. I could probably start a whole blog and name it My Awesome Mom and post something new everyday and still never run out of things to say.
But the thing that has me the most impressed these days- is my mom is the most amazing visiting teacher. Seriously. She's the kind of visiting teacher you read about in the Ensign.
Usually visiting teachers do the occasional visit (unless you get the stellar kind that actually visit you) or phone call. Maybe a plate of cookies now and again. And all visits end with "If there is anything we can do you for you, let us know."
My mom never misses a month to visit her ladies in person. And it's not just once a month. Some of them she looks in on quite a lot more often than once a month.
Her resilience as a visiting teacher has been sorely tried these last three weeks. She visits four ladies. In the last three weeks:
- She took time out to go help one of her little old ladies set up her yard for a community yard sale. There was no one else to help her and my mom graciously volunteered to do it for her (dad helped, good on ya, dad).
- Another of her ladies very suddenly and very tragically lost her son-in-law, Tyler; a child that has been a part of her family for nigh onto 20 years. My mom was there to give support and comfort and do whatever she could do for the family.
- Less than two weeks following that, another horrific tragedy struck when another one of her ladies lost a son, Brent. He was killed by a drunk driver. Again, my mom was there, comforting, reminiscing and giving love to the family.
- During all of this, the fourth lady she visits was in the hospital. The day after Brent's funeral, lady number four (I'm so sorry I don't remember her name!) died. She doesn't have much in the way of nearby family so my mom is taking charge of the funeral and helping with arrangements as well as she can.