With Mother’s Day coming up on Sunday, I couldn’t help but stop and take some time to pay tribute to an incredible mom that I have had the privilege of walking along side of these past four months. She’s faced a journey that no Mom would choose, but with the most incredible dedication, grace and love and it’s something that has been an incredible inspiration to me and to the so, so many who have known her and read her story. It’s hard to put into words, the incredible emotions that I feel when I think of Sally Einfeldt, but bear with me as I do my very best.
The morning of Michael’s accident, Jeremy got a text from his sister Katelyn. It simply said, “Did you hear from my mom?” He knew right away that something was very wrong. And that, I believe was the very beginning of this journey.
In the days and weeks and months that would follow, we would spend more and more time with Sally and her family, as they braved the storm of Michael’s accident. I knew God was working in this tragedy, because from the very beginning, it was Sally who dove headfirst into a new level of strengthening faith, as she leaned into and onto God for her strength. I’ll never forget how she heard God speaking to her heart, those first tedious days. She’d watch a Joyce Meyer or a Charles Stanley sermon and she’s eagerly share how God was helping her. She poured through Micheal’s Bible, wanting to draw into the faith that had strengthened him. She wrote down pages and pages of notes as God prepared her for what was to come.
She found an angel in the hospital’s gift shop, that spoke the truths that she and her family needed to hear in those first weeks. Going through tragedy is hard enough, but knowing that you aren’t alone makes it just a bit easier, I think. This angel gave Sally comfort in knowing that God was right by her side the entire time.
And this gave her the strength to be right by her son’s side the entire time as well.
In those first months, there were only a handful of times that Sally left the hospital.
I remember taking a walk with her on one of the times, and marveling at the strength and stamina that she had had through it all. She would tell you then and she would tell you today, that it was God who strengthened her. It was God who answered her cries and who ultimately saved Michael’s life and her own and all of ours.
Throughout those months in the ICU, Sally acted on not only on her mother’s instincts, but also on her instincts as a nurse. Because she was so in tune with her son, there were so many times that she knew how to help him because she knew him and what was going on. I was so beautifully amazed at how she could advocate and care for and speak for Michael and his needs in this way.
Sally was the reason that one night in January, all of our Youth Group kids wore ties. She told us how much Michael loved ties so we all dressed up in his honor.
Sally showed such love for Michael’s friends in those months that one night she left the hospital so she could attend a play in Michael’s stead. He had never missed his friend Steven’s plays or musicals and so she went that night for Michael.
And a few weeks ago, when Michael went to Rehab, Sally was right there with him as well. She put up decorations in his room, as well as a cot, where she sleeps most nights during the week. Because she’s been able to be there around the clock, she’s continued to advocate and help and support Michael and his needs in such a beautiful and powerful way.
Because Sally loves nature, she’s also been the driving force behind our nature walks that we take when we go to visit her and Michael. She has the best collection of sunset pictures and she soaks in nature in a way that makes you want to stop and appreciate it along with her as well.
Along with being a Mom, she’s been an incredible wife as well. It’s hard to imagine the challenges that this journey has taken, but she continues to walk with love and support right alongside of her best friend and husband Michael.
As Moms, we all strive to love our kids with everything that we are. We do our best to be there for them, to support them, to love them and to guide them. We advocate for them when they need us and sometimes even when they don’t. From the moments our children were born, we feel so passionately that incredible bond that God has innately given us. It feeds our love and our souls and it’s one that will last for our children’s entire lives.
With Mother’s Day coming up, I just want to pay tribute to Sally Einfeldt. She is on the most challenging, but incredible journey as she loves her son and is walking with him each step of the way through his recovery. She is living the most beautiful example of everything it means to be a mom… the joys and the sorrows, the laughter and the tears and everything in between that comes with this incredible calling.
Thank you Sally for the life and example that you are living. You are an inspiration to me and to so many. We are praying for you, we love you and we are so thankful that you are trusting God to lead you as you love and care for your son Michael.
“Her children arise and call her blessed, her husband also, and he praises her;
“Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.”
Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.” Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.”