Monday, August 27, 2012
I am privileged to honor and introduce you to amazing mothers on a frequent basis. However, I am a little surprised I can feel equally as giddy about each one. But I do. Each one I hold in the highest esteem and am impressed with each unique trait. Despite their common thread of being passionate and dedicated mothers, each has her own quality that makes her unique and special.
Today’s mother is no different. She is just a down-to-earth and down-right precious woman. She is warm and funny and sincere, not to mention a true prayer warrior. Vicki Funk of Olathe, Kansas is this week’s mother of honor.
Vicki and her husband, Russ, are the parents of Dillon, age 15, Katie, age 6, and Josh, age 3. Vicki is a stay-at-home mom who is busy serving in her kids’ school, church and community group. She teaches a Sunday school class at her church and is also a leader for a Mom’s in Prayer group. When she is not chauffeuring her kids amidst all of these commitments, Vicki likes to attend Bible studies, read and scrapbook.
I asked Vicki our Monday’s with Mom questions and I know you are going to love getting to know her.
What do you wish someone had told you before you had children? I wish someone would have told me to relax. Our first born was an only child for 10 years. During that time I was a stay-at-home mom and my husband worked from our house for a lot of those years. For the first several years of his life I hovered over our son, anticipating his every need. I think I would have enjoyed his first years more if I would have taken time to relax and just enjoy him more.
What drives you crazy? Loud voices. Our house is all hardwood flooring on the first floor and it is very noisy. We, myself included, are working on using our indoor voices at all times.
What are you most passionate about concerning being a mother? I think it is important for my kids to know the world does not revolve around them. Of course, this is easier said than done. I think that it is important they see me making time for my relationship with Christ and my relationship with my husband, as well as for each of them. I think this is a continuous battle and I want them to have the selfless attitude our Savior had, instead of the selfish worldly attitude. Yes, I am still working on this myself.
How do you feel about your role as a mother? I feel my role as a mother is to love my children. Love them when they are loveable, love them when they fight, love them when they are sick, love them when they do something wrong, love…love…love…. Hopefully through loving them, they will learn to love others.
What is the one thing you would tell a new mother? Pray! Pray for your children, pray with your children, pray for their schools, pray for their future spouses. Pray, pray, pray!
Becoming a mother didn’t come without challenges for Vicki, but she has used the obstacles placed before her as a chance not only to grow her own faith, but to be used by God in many ways. She was generous enough to share more of her journey of motherhood.
“As I said, Dillon was an only child for 10 years. This was not our choice, but God’s. After two miscarriages, we decided to adopt. After two years of paperwork, waiting, and lots and lots of prayer, we adopted Katie from Russia in 2007 when she was 15 months old.
Shortly after bringing her home we noticed she was not turning towards sounds like she should. After much testing and a trial period with hearing aids, we decided to try cochlear implants. Since our insurance would not cover the surgery, we decided we would have her bilaterally implanted at the same time. It took a while for her to get where she is today, but she is now in her neighborhood school in a normal classroom setting. I thank God for the way He orchestrated things with Katie. We are so very blessed to have her as a part of our family!
Shortly after Katie’s cochlear implant surgery, I found out I was pregnant with our third child. If you meet our third child, Joshua, you will agree with me that he is full of life! I firmly believe things happen in God’s time and not ours. Not a day goes by when I don’t thank God for our three children and how they have blessed our lives.”
Many of us have been guilty of saying we would pray for a loved one, but have not always followed through. Vicki is a prayer warrior not only for her family, but for everyone she knows. What a blessing that is to so many. And what an example for her children to follow. They will grow up realizing the power of prayer and I can think of no greater gift to give your children.
Thank you Vicki, for sharing your heart with us. And thank you for your obedience to 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to pray continually. Your impact is greater than you know.