Whiney, Worried Child Becomes National Young Mother of the Year!

Our daughter Shawni was such a whiney child! She was always whining about a brother who was mean to her or what we were having for dinner. In addition she worried about everything…her homework, her grades but most of all she worried almost every week that she had some new kind of cancer.

Little did we know that little whiner/worrier who was representing Arizona at the National American Mother’s Convention in Salt Lake City last weekend would be named the National Young Mother of the Year! Of course in hindsight, since all Shawni has dreamed of since the time she was two was being a mother….We should have known!

American Mothers is a lovely organization that I have been associated with for many years! In fact, oddly enough I was the Young Mother for Utah exactly 30 years ago. When I figured that out, I felt….old!

This group is full of wonderful women from many faiths who revere motherhood and aren’t afraid to express their love for and dependence on God! The speakers, entertainers and panelists for the events and workshops were outstanding!

It was also a delight to have our oldest daughter Saren there to celebrate with us!

We met so many extraordinary women and loved being with a dear friend, Elaine Dalton, whose darling daughter Emi Edgley was the Utah Young Mother of the Year.

At a gala dinner on Saturday night the new National Mother of the Year, Ernestine Allen who lives in the District of Columbia was named. She is an amazing woman whose youngest son was tragically killed and who has been a teacher for twenty years, a leader in her church and a marriage counselor as well as a mentor to women at half way houses coming out of prison and unwed mothers. She is a mother to multitudes!

After the dinner where we were treated to an inspiring talk by Sheri Dew, the two new “mothers of the year” did a half hour TV show for BYUTV! It was fun to watch (make-up lady and all) and they both did a terrific job. It will air on May 18.

On Sunday morning the entire convention was treated to front-and-center seats at the Salt Lake Tabernacle where we enjoyed the Sunday morning broadcast of Music and the Spoken Word. The spirit of love created by heavenly music in that packed tabernacle was truly moving. After the TV cameras were turned off, the morning was capped off with the choir, orchestra, conductor, organist and announcer singing “God be with you ’til we meet again” to the audience! It was a morning we won’t forget!

How blessed we are to call this good woman our daughter! Hopefully those of you parents reading this who have “whiners” will have hope. Shawni is definitely no longer a whiner! But she can still worry along with the best of us!

To view Shawni’s delightful blog go to 71toes.blogspot.com.

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