Mom is my role model for enjoying all of life’s sweetness

I’ve got that feeling again. Still. That feeling that I’m not doing enough. Like, my life is at least half over and I haven’t accomplished anything that my children’s children will be able to talk about when I’m dead and gone.

No best seller. No award-winning photo. No record-breaking athletic accomplishment.

It’s human nature that we feel like we need to accomplish something of importance for our lives to have mattered.

But the question is: Who’s the judge of what’s great or important?

We recently celebrated my mom’s 88th birthday at the farm in western Minnesota. God is still using my mom in a big way. She’s still the glue holding us eight kids together.

I know she prays for my family and me. She tells me so. And, I can feel it.

She tells me I’m doing a good job of raising our children and supports and encourages us by coming to their activities and events whenever possible.

My mom is my role model, my mentor, for motherhood. If she’s still going strong at age 88, I hope I can do the same.

I have had the incredible fortune of being blessed with four children. If my kids look to me like I still do to my mom for love, guidance, encouragement and a whole lot more, life will have mattered. Life is sweet now. I look forward to even more sweetness to come.

Speaking of sweet, Mom requested an “Earthquake Cake” for her birthday cake this year. A friend in her “Faith Chats” prayer group had talked about it, so Mom got the recipe and emailed it to me. Mom’s comment, “It should taste good with all those ingredients.”

It did! And, it was super easy to make, too. See the recipe, at right.

Rita Meyer is married and the mother of four children age 17 and under. She and her family are members of St. John the Baptist Parish in Meire Grove. Email her at



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