To The Best Momma On The Planet

Even before Jen and I were married, one of the things that always amazed me about her was how great she was with children. Besides her beautiful eyes, smile, and laughter that can light up a room, I always knew that she would make a great mom for my children some day. Jen would walk in a room, and small children that didn’t even know her would gravitate to her, and she was so natural in relating to them.

I never realized back then that we, and especially she, would have to work pray so hard to actually have children. Nor did I realize what that would end up looking like. Life never seems to end up going how you think it should, and that has certainly been true for us.

Jen, thank you so much for being so willing to endure so many medical procedures, blood draws, surgeries, needle sticks, disappointments, and heartaches for the sake of our family.

Thank you for being patient with me when we were trying to get pregnant and I didn’t totally understand all of the emotions that you were enduring, and I was not always so easy to deal with. We made it through it sweets!

Thank you for being such a trooper during the pregnancy. You seldom complained, always hoped for the best, and most of all, you did everything humanly possible to give our boys the BEST chance at LIFE that you could. God blessed that effort more than we deserve in Henry, Brooks, Clark, and Isaac. We are so blessed Jenny!

Thank you for enduring the TAC surgery at 13 weeks, for being miserable for the following 4-6 weeks during the pregnancy and recovery, so that our sons would have a greater chance at LIFE. You survived it babe!

Thank you for being so willing to follow my leadership during the pregnancy in my suggestion that you voluntarily admit yourself into the hospital to monitor Brooks and Clark. You lived there fairly miserably for 4 weeks so that my sons could be safe……THANK YOU.

Thank you for making yourself nearly sick cramming your body full of protein so that our sons would be well nourished, it paid off sweetheart.

Thank you for being there with me and for me emotionally during those first days after the boys were born. Our sons all survived.

Thank you for fighting for our marriage during those first few months after we brought the boys home from the hospital. Sleep deprivation brought out the worst in me, but you fought for our marriage with me, and I think you would agree that we came out SO much stronger on the other side.

Thank you for always being willing to take a chance and go on an adventure with me and the boys, even when sometimes it seemed like we were taking a foolish gamble. (Example: taking quadruplet infants to Texas Roadhouse for dinner by ourselves) You make life fun Jenny.

Thank you for continuing to fight the cultures pressures to put the kids first, and instead following the Bible and put our marriage first, which is better for the kids anyway. God knows what He is doing, and you willingly submit yourself to Him weekly, making our life so much more blessed.

Thank you for sacrificing so many hours of your life to the difficult, yet worthy cause of rearing our children. You are my princess, but you work much harder than any princess I have ever seen. Thanks baby, you are awesome!

Thank you for being my friend. There is still no one else that I would rather watch a basketball game with, go hang out with, or sit and talk to. You are my best friend.

Thank you for keeping such a good home for us. Despite your workload, you insist on having an organized, clean home. And although we struggle to maintain it ALL the time, you do ALWAYS get caught up, and it makes our home a blessed place to live.

Thank you for respecting me in spite of my many shortcomings. You always come to ME with your problems, pray with ME when you are weak, ask ME to hold you when you are scared, and just generally depend on ME in a way that is so encouraging and uplifting to me as a husband and father.

Happy Mother’s Day baby.

You and every other woman out there working so hard to be good mom’s deserve so much honor and respect.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you!

Brad

35 thoughts on "To The Best Momma On The Planet"

  1. hellomorleen says:

    Just beautiful! You are blessed 5 times over Jen!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I’m shedding tears because this is so sweet and SO TRUE!!! You are both amazing and a living breathing testimony to the grace, power and awesomeness of God living in you! You are an inspiration. I count it a huge honor to be your friend. Love you both, hugs to all 6!
    TW

  3. What a wonderful and touching testimony to you Jen! And what a sweet husband to share his heart on the blog. And more importantly what blessed boys you have, to have YOU as their Momma! Happy Mother’s Day!

  4. Rachel E. says:

    What an amazing mom you are, Jen! Thank you to you and Brad for taking us along on this journey of raising quads.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Made me cry!

  6. Andrea says:

    Very sweet!

  7. Ang says:

    aww how awesome! Made me cry too! :) What great parents you two are!

  8. Jenny B says:

    SO BEAUTIFUL!!!

    XO
    Jenny B

  9. Julia says:

    So beautiful! God bless you all!

  10. trifitmom says:

    wow – he is a keeper

  11. Stephanie says:

    Brad…what a WONDERFUL tribute to a WONDERFUL woman!! That was one of the sweetest things I have ever read!!
    Happy Mothers Day Jen!!

  12. Moni Graf says:

    Great words and feelings, Brad. Sometimes it’s hard putting those down in writing because you’re not sure if you can capture your true emotions with “just words”. Beautifully, eloquently and truly stated! You have a wonderful wife and mother to your boys.

    The question is: How will Jen ever top THAT with Father’s Day just around the corner?!

    Happy Mother’s Day, quatro_mama! Not only do you show your sons how to lead a good life by your example, but you’ve been such a positive role model for THIS fellow quad mama and, I’m sure, many others!

    Love ya to pieces,
    Moni

  13. So beautiful. Your boys have a wonderful example in their father – not to mention a wonderful mother to influence their lives!

    Happy Mother’s Day Jen!

  14. Melissa says:

    wow.. that was incredibly sweet. it brought tears to my eyes. i loved the part about how mommy puts daddy above the children. i so hope and pray that i can do that one day when i have babies.

    you guys are awesome.

    happy mother’s day. you deserve it!

  15. Arin says:

    This is my first time commenting, although I’ve been reading your blog for about a year now. I’m a fellow Hoosier [although I’m a Bears fan, {wink}] and a Mama to four. I also happen to be blessed with a beautiful marriage.

    This post is so amazing. It really could be a mini-manual of how to have a successful, God-pleasing marriage.

    Resisting the urge to put kids first-check.

    Respect-double check.

    Friendship, sacrifice, leadership-really, what an amazing testimony.

  16. So beautiful – it made me cry.

    Happy Mother’s Day

    Jutta, a *lurker* from Germany

  17. Katrine says:

    That is a beautiful mother’s day gift!

  18. What a wonderful husband! It brought me to tears! What wonderful gift! Happy Mother’s Day!

  19. AWESOME BRAD!!! And he couldn’t have done such an awesome post if you weren’t such an AWESOME MOMMY!!! Happy Mother’s Day, Jen!!!

  20. Tonya says:

    Happy Mother’s Day, Jen! I have loved following your blog over the past several months. We’re from southern IN, currently doing a pastoral internship in Massachusetts.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Happy Mother’s day. That was a beautiful post. You are wonderful parents.

  22. Lady Why says:

    What a beautiful post!! It was a great Mother’s Day blessing to me to read it! Happy Mother’s Day!!

  23. debi9kids says:

    What a beautiful Mother’s Day gift!
    Have a very blessed day!

  24. Oh Brad….I think someone needs to thank YOUR mom for raising a man like you! : ) Way to go Mrs. Murray!!!

  25. BreezieGirl says:

    That was beautiful and so touching! Brad, you are a fantastic husband for sharing this… and Jen, you are so blessed!

  26. Kelly says:

    Wow. I have never seen such love. You are a lucky gal, Jen Murray.

  27. Suzanne says:

    hope you had an AWESOME mother’s day, jen jen!! love you and see you soon!

  28. Anonymous says:

    you are a lucky woman. every woman deserves to be loved by someone as great as brad.

  29. mamalouise says:

    I have tears…this was so sweet! More than that actually but that is all I can come up with right now. Amazing husband, wife…family! God Bless!

  30. What a sweet letter Brad! Hope you guys had a GREAT Mother’s Day weekend :)
    ~Elyse

  31. Happy Mother’s Day! You are such an amazing mom! Brad – you are a true poet. Thanks for making the rest of us look bad:)

  32. Alison says:

    I actually cried as well. That was beautiful.

  33. Lani says:

    That was a sweet and inspiring post.. thank you!

  34. Alisha says:

    I love, love, love this post. All of it was great but the part that hit home with me is putting your marriage first in your life vs putting your children first. Children are better off with happy, God following/loving parents. One preacher once called it “kid-olotry” when society focuses on putting the kids first.

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