Dear Village,

Thank you for helping me raise my children.

Thank you for having the patience and gifting and college degree to sit down and instruct and craft and play in a way that I don’t.

Thank you for your hand me downs.

Thank you for for going to med school so you know what vaccinations and medicine and advice to give.

Thank you for keeping a watchful eye on my little ones at church while I am socializing.

Thank you for affirming and encouraging my parenting decisions and not criticizing me.

Thank you for being my friend, I am a better mama for having adult conversations and a shoulder to cry on and jokes to laugh at.

Thank you for the free baby sitting.

Thank you for your creativity.

Thank you for your bible lessons and Jesus songs.

Thanks for the perfect combination of practical advice and baby spoiling that only grandmas can give.

Thank you for producing Toy Story, Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3.

Thank you for play dates, my kids are getting better at sharing.

Thank you for the menu planning ideas.

Thank you for caring for my emotional and health needs as a mother.

Thanks for inviting us over.

Thank you for having raised your own children already, I need your encouragement and success stories and wisdom.

Thanks for helping us out financially.

Thank you for being different from us, my kids will learn to value diversity.

Thank you for raising me well, so that I might raise my own children.

Thank you for praying.

Thanks for that great parenting article you posted on facebook.

Thank you for giving me a long list of people I know I can call in in case of an emergency.

Thank you for teaching us the meaning of ‘Church’ and the meaning of “community” not through a how-to book, but through life experience.

Thank you for leading.

Thank you for serving.

Let me know if you need anything.

Love,

Evangeline and Zachary’s mom.