By: Jennifer Murray

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 Responses to “To The Best Momma On The Planet”

  1. hellomorleen
    May 9, 2009 at 5:46 pm #

    Just beautiful! You are blessed 5 times over Jen!

  2. Anonymous
    May 9, 2009 at 6:10 pm #

    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. Mountain Girl
    May 9, 2009 at 6:14 pm #

    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.
    May 9, 2009 at 6:48 pm #

    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
    May 9, 2009 at 8:33 pm #

    Made me cry!

  6. Andrea
    May 9, 2009 at 8:47 pm #

    Very sweet!

  7. Ang
    May 9, 2009 at 8:47 pm #

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

  8. Jenny B
    May 9, 2009 at 8:52 pm #

    SO BEAUTIFUL!!!

    XO
    Jenny B

  9. Julia
    May 9, 2009 at 9:10 pm #

    So beautiful! God bless you all!

  10. trifitmom
    May 9, 2009 at 9:58 pm #

    wow – he is a keeper

  11. Stephanie
    May 9, 2009 at 10:35 pm #

    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
    May 9, 2009 at 10:39 pm #

    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. Barbara Manatee
    May 9, 2009 at 11:20 pm #

    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
    May 9, 2009 at 11:37 pm #

    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
    May 10, 2009 at 12:33 am #

    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. The Bretl Girls - Germany
    May 10, 2009 at 3:21 am #

    So beautiful – it made me cry.

    Happy Mother’s Day

    Jutta, a *lurker* from Germany

  17. Katrine
    May 10, 2009 at 1:05 pm #

    That is a beautiful mother’s day gift!

  18. Kelly Trullinger
    May 10, 2009 at 1:49 pm #

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

  19. The Cochran Crew
    May 10, 2009 at 3:02 pm #

    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
    May 10, 2009 at 3:02 pm #

    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
    May 10, 2009 at 3:56 pm #

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

  22. Lady Why
    May 10, 2009 at 4:38 pm #

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

  23. debi9kids
    May 10, 2009 at 4:43 pm #

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

  24. Jorja's Mommy
    May 10, 2009 at 5:01 pm #

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

  25. BreezieGirl
    May 10, 2009 at 8:46 pm #

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

  26. Kelly
    May 11, 2009 at 9:15 am #

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

  27. Suzanne
    May 11, 2009 at 10:48 am #

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

  28. Anonymous
    May 11, 2009 at 11:13 am #

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

  29. Chelsa
    May 11, 2009 at 3:04 pm #

    sooo sweet! 🙂

  30. mamalouise
    May 11, 2009 at 8:44 pm #

    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!

  31. Following HIM
    May 12, 2009 at 8:22 am #

    What a sweet letter Brad! Hope you guys had a GREAT Mother’s Day weekend 🙂
    ~Elyse

  32. Goerlich Quadruplets
    May 12, 2009 at 9:45 am #

    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:)

  33. Alison
    May 12, 2009 at 5:39 pm #

    I actually cried as well. That was beautiful.

  34. Lani
    May 13, 2009 at 10:23 pm #

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

  35. Alisha
    May 15, 2009 at 8:13 am #

    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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