Mother's Day is always a great day spent with my mom, or my mom-in-law, or sometimes both, but it never ends up being with the one mom who means the most to me: my wonderful wife, Teresa. Unfortunately, she passed away before she could enjoy her first Mother's Day, and Melody, my daughter, has never had the chance to celebrate with her own mom. She is so fortunate to be able to have two "moms" in her grandmothers. Grandma and Grammy have been such great role models for her, and they have really been as close to a mom as Melody has. But it's not the same. Grandma and Grammy want to be grandmothers, not mothers (again), and in some ways, I believe they feel cheated out of being grandmothers since they have had to play the mother role.
I've tried so hard to give Melody as much knowledge as I can about her mom, so she can know how great her mom really was. This is especially important as Melody gets older, since she will inevitably have more questions about her as time goes on. Most importantly, I've told Melody what a dedicated Christ-follower her mom was, and that her hope was that Melody would also come to know Christ and we will all be reunited in Heaven. What a glorious reunion that will be.
Until then, I will continue to search for a new partner for myself, though one who will also be able to fill the mom role for Melody and give her a truly special female role model, something she has not experienced in her short life.