Mother's day is a special day honoring and celebrating the role of
mothers within the life of families, in nurturing and loving
unconditionally. However, I would like to pay tribute to women that
have been a significant part of my life.
First my Mother Evelyn Swofford Pritchett Lee. She's been gone nine
years now, but her love, life and memory continue to be reflected and
recalled almost everyday. She was a fantastic waitress and sacrificed
much for her children; my sister and I later two more sons from a
second marriage. She enjoyed dancing, made the most delicious Tacos,
sewed shirts and dresses that were one of a kind. Her receiving Christ
as Savior when she was fifty seven was a life changing decision.
Second,- "Susie" Pritchett who became a special person to two teenagers
who did not always appreciate her. But over the years we grew to love
her and she us. Her insights, knowledge and advice were valuable in
many a situation. She is a grandmother,a great grandmother who is
enjoying the role again of being grandmother to a 2 year old grandson,
Third-My sister Nancy Stajduhar. Like all siblings we had our issues
growing up, but as years passed while being miles apart we've grown
closer and appreciated the work that our Lord has called each of us to
Next- Molly, my half- sister who was born while I was in college; so we
never had what you would call a brother-sister close relationship. But
we love each other and it was with great joy that I celebrated her
becoming a mother two years ago to her son Charlie. He was an answer to
many a prayer as is her husband Brian.
Then there is my wife Dale, forty four years of marriage, four children,
six grandchildren, twenty five moves, ten churches and more ups and
downs than a roller coaster. Through tragedies triumphs, joys and sorrows,
sickness and health, thick and thin, better and worse we have
experienced it all and with the Lords help have come through it with a
faith that grows stronger. At our wedding we had a song sung titled"
United We Stand Divided We Fall" it concludes by saying"Together you and
I." There are still challenges but "I love her more now." Her beautiful
singing voice can bring tears to peoples eyes.
Elaine Wagenaar, my mother-in- law who has endured with grace. dignity
and strength more heart-ache than I'll ever experience. While she
speaks little when she does you better listen and pay attention. She is
smart, funny, loves to read and has spent over forty years exploring her
families genealogy that on one side goes back over 900 years.
Larissa Joy Pritchett Travis, my daughter. Her middle name " Joy" is
just that. While she turned most of my hair gray in high school; today
she is a devoted wife and mother to four sons. She allows me to
participate in my grandsons lives more than I deserve.
Tara Claiborne Pritchett, my daughter-in- law, who puts up with me
through no choice of her own (I came with the marriage) allows me to
drive my grandchildren to school and is a calming influence for the
family. She is smart and willing to do anything for the technically
So on this Mother's Day I celebrate these special women who have and are
a part of this Pastors life. I thank the Lord for each of them and
I would encourage everyone to take the time to do the same. It's never
too late to express your love, gratitude and appreciation to the women
in your life and there is no better time to start than this Mother's Day.