, Corbin, KY

May 13, 2013

Giving thanks for my mother this Mother’s Day

The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — This Sunday is Mother’s Day so I could not pass up this opportunity to talk about what a blessing it has been to have a mother like mine.

Usually when I pray, I like to ask God for guidance in my life to help me glorify His name. But I also always take time to thank God for everything he has done for me and for all the little things we might take for granted.

My mother is one person I always thank the Lord for placing in my life. I can not thank her or God enough for everything she has done and every sacrifice she has made since I’ve been in this world.

I was born and raised in Pikeville. Mom and Dad divorced when I was pretty young, so my brother, Jordan, and I always went back and forth from one house to the other.

We were not the richest family in the neighborhood but we were always well fed, clothed and had most of the conveniences all the other kids had. But in 1997, my mother realized she had reached a ceiling in Pikeville and would probably never make much more than minimum wage at the rate she was going.

So she and my stepfather moved 2.5 hours away to Lexington to get their college degrees at UK, and also find better paying jobs.

Mom wanted my brother and me to move with her and go to school in Lexington. But we both wanted to stay in Pikeville with Dad so we did not have to leave our friends and start over. She did not object.

This was not easy for my mom as she missed seeing us greatly. But she did what she had to do to provide my brother and me a better future.

She worked various full-time jobs in Lexington, all the while maintaining all A’s in college. As a 13-year-old, I didn’t quite realize how difficult that was. But as a college grad who struggled only working part-time, I am more and more impressed and humbled by my mother’s drive and determination to provide for the family.

When I was in high school, my mother always made sure I had a car to drive, and other things like tuxes for the proms.

In college, I actually went to UK as well so I got to spend more time with her then. I also gave her the privileges of cooking for me on the weekends, doing my laundry and helping me study.

Since college, Mom has continued to be an amazing support system for me.

While I was living as a bachelor in Corbin, I could always call her when I had important questions — like how much detergent I should use, or what it means when there’s blue stuff growing on the bread.

My mother has also helped tremendously with my wife, Carmen, and I as we have recently begun our lives together. She was a huge help in planning our wedding, and has done a lot for us as we’ve turned our new house into a home.

Most importantly, my mom took me to church at an early age and raised me to be a Christian.

Proverbs 31:26-27 says, “She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.”

This passage could not be any more true about my mother. She always provided me with great wisdom and kindness. And she has also done everything she can to take care of the family.

I am very blessed to have a mother as special as mine, and I thank God everyday for placing her in my life.

Brad Hall is the nighttime editor for the Times-Tribune. He can be reached at