To my mother, Rita Kay Doddema. Thanks for helping me grow into the man that I’ve become. I’ve learned how to be resourceful, making something from nothing. I’ve inherited your wit, sarcastic and dry as it may be. Through you comes my passion for life and all that I do. I love you!
To my glorious and beautiful wife, Kara Lynn Doddema. I cannot even begin to describe the love I have for you. You know me at my best and my worst. A man could never have a better companion, friend, lover and wife than I have in you. You are the mother of my six children. There are times that you make it seem so easy.
Ever since I became disabled, you’ve stepped up to the plate and took on more responsibility than you should have to but never, never have you complained. I’m so proud of you. I look forward to spending eternity with you. Know that even when motherhood seems hard, you are a mother in Zion. That’s an amazing thing to contemplate. Although difficult and often thankless, there are the blessings associated with motherhood.
“Motherhood is the one thing in all the world which most truly exemplifies the God-given virtues of creating and sacrificing. … The mother who, in compliance with eternal law, brings into the world an immortal spirit occupies first rank in the realm of creation” (Gospel Ideals [Salt Lake City: Improvement Era, 1953], p. 456).
To mothers everywhere….thank you! Thank you for your love and the examples you set for your children. Never be afraid to follow the whisperings of your heart in raising your children. Never give up. My prayers are with you.
Here are some quotes that I’ve gathered together about motherhood. I hope mothers everywhere enjoy them.
-”There was never a great man who had not a great mother — it is hardly an exaggeration.” — Olive Schreiner
-”A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.” — Diana, Princess of Wales
-”Becoming a mother makes you the mother of all children. From now on each wounded, abandoned, frightened child is yours. You live in the suffering mothers of every race and creed and weep with them. You long to comfort all who are desolate.” — Charlotte Gray