Sandra Sim
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Sandra is a wife to one wonderful science guy (think Big Bang Theory), mom to two lovelies, Mor-Mor to one sweetie, and former RN. She is a lover of God's Word and God's people who likes worn jeans, people who are real, and big old chairs that you sink into.

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  1. You hit the nail on the head with this post for me. I remember rolling my eyes at my mom, and my dad too. Now I have the privilege of living with them, helping my dad through recovery from heart surgery. Every now and then when they start to reminisce about days gone by, I quietly video on my phone. I want to remember every story. Some I’ve heard many times, but sometimes I will hear a fascinating story I’ve never heard before. I don’t want to miss a thing. As far as my own daughters, I find them in another stage. They are young adults with children of their own. They have passed the argumentative stage, but I can still literally hear the eye rolling over the phone. They ask for advice, and then there is a certain tone of voice in the “I know” reply that comes my way that tells me ” I know you’re right, but I still don’t want to face that right now. And that’s okay. My words will pop out of their mouths one day just like my mom and dads words pop out of mine!

    • Deb, I so appreciate your thoughts and your seeing the your time with your folks as a privilege and ‘not wanting to miss a thing’ of the treasures that they share with you. What a beautiful perspective! May you be blessed in all your time with your family. By the way, I love your description of “my words will pop out of their mouths one day…” – I’m smiling at the picture that paints!

  2. Sandra, there are many paragraphs in this post that I could have written myself, word for word. It makes my heart hurt even to write that, and yet, there’s such comfort in knowing others have been there too … that others ARE there too, right now. Thank you so much for putting my thoughts into words. I wish you and your mama the sweetest of Mother’s Days this year.

    • Lois, Thank you so much for your understanding – it brought tears to my eyes. This mother-daughter relationship goes deep into our hearts and touches places we didn’t know we had in us. It brings with it the sweetest of joys, but some sorrows, too. Blessings to you and your family this Mother’s Day – may it be filled with the joyful stuff!

  3. Sandra,
    THANKYOU for this . Just yesterday, I came across a photo of my mom in her 20s then, now 95 with Alzheimer’s and as I glanced at this beautiful lady, my mind went thru your statements as well as I wondered..’what were her dreams, and teen years like’ .
    I also went thru turmoil with my daughter as a teen… But Praise God… We both grew up and have a beautiful relationship. I wouldn’t trade her for anything…. Our struggles can become our treasure chest

    • Hi Cheryl,
      I love how you summed up the bittersweet nature of our mother-daughter relationship: “Our struggles can become our treasure chest.” Praise God for His work in our hearts, our relationships, and our homes! God IS at work redeeming and restoring all our broken places. Today, I am praying that for each person who reads this post, because I know many of us have relationships that are still a work in progress (God’s work!). Blessings!

  4. Thank you for giving me hope today! My heart is broken over my rebellious, angry daughter.

    • Angel,
      I am praying with you today. I pray God will give you His comfort and peace even in the midst of this troubled time. God cares deeply for the broken hearted (Psalm 34:18).

  5. Lovely, Sandra. It brings to mind not-so-pleasant memories of my own long-past impatience and irritation at my mother’s ways I expressed as a teen and young adult. So glad for grace . . . for learning to give and receive it! And for the friendship and companionship I had as an adult with my mother, now gone, and that I have with my own adult daughters!

    • Thanks, Inger for your words and example. Great reminder how grace is the key ingredient to add to our relationships – it changes the flavor and sweetens the mix. Blessings to you, today!

  6. Sandra,

    Your post is spot on. Most teenagers, me included, think we know it all & our parents are dumb. As we age and mature we realize that our parents actually knew a lot. They had lived hard lives and were saying/doing things for our own good. I’ve since lost both parents, but loved them and their caring ways. They did the best they could.

    Blessings 🙂

    • Beth, I’m so glad for your comment! Losing your parents alters one’s perspective and changes everything. Your wisdom and caring shine forth in your words. Blessings!