Mad for…Tami

Wherever God has put you, that is your vocation. It is not what we do but how much love we put into it. –St. (Mother) Teresa of Calcutta

You know that room mom at your kid’s elementary school that made the customized t-shirt for all 26 children in the classroom? Yeah, Tami Durle is THAT mom! The thing is, she’s so darn full of Jesus, kindness and authentic joy that you can’t even be annoyed she’s making you look bad…ha?!

In all seriousness, though, I recall the year Gabi Durle and Zach were in the 2nd grade, and my friend Shannon Hall told me, “Shelly, this gal is unbelievably generous and creative. I vote the rest of us mostly just stay out of her way and let her be Tami! Did you see those All-Saints Day t-shirts? They were customized for every kid in here!!” We were mesmerized by her energy and graciousness, then, and I don’t think much has changed about how she treats those around her from what I can see from my nearby observation deck.

Tami is a wife and mother of three beautiful girls, and she’s pictured above with her oldest daughter, Gabi, who will start high school in the fall with my youngest son. She truly has a genuine and beautiful smile. At every encounter I’ve had with her over about the past decade, she’s been friendly, thoughtful, and courteous. It’s clear that her faith in the Lord is at the center of her life, because she is just a loving witness of what a mother should be to her three girls.

I read several quotes by Mother Teresa that reminded me of Tami, and I shared one of them above. I’d like you to indulge me for one more today, in honor of Tami’s birthday, which was yesterday! I’m a day late, but am I really…? I mean the festival is meant to continue all week for this lovely lady, right?

“Whatever you do for your family, for your children, for your husband, for your wife, you do for God. All we do, our prayers, our work, our suffering, is for Jesus.”

Tami, you are a wonderful mom and tremendous witness of what it looks like to love Christ and those around you joyfully! Thank you for being such a fine example to all of us lucky enough to spend a little time around you. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!