Newest Mom on the Block!

Today is Mother’s Day – and it is a very special one, since it is my wife Sara’s FIRST Mother’s Day as a Mom! Now, a lot of people tease me because I put more pictures of me and Luke on my blog than I do of Sara and Luke…. Well, I could just say it’s my blog, and she can get her own blog if she wants to, but the truth is that first of all, there is an extensive approval process required for me to post pictures of Sara on my blog! Plus, many of pictures of Luke include me because Sara is a great photographer and is quicker at grabbin’ the camera. Though, I will admit, that another factor is that I do hog the kid a bit, so when we are both home, it is more common to see me with the baby than Sara since she gets him all day when I’m at work. (Unless, of course, there is a dirty diaper, then she will be more likely to be with him!)

Anyway, since it is Mother’s Day, I will risk posting a few pictures of the newest mom in our home without prior approval…..

Luke, already looking up to Mom!

Evidence of who changes diapers.

Super Mom, already learning to multi-task!

Almost burpin’ time… that’s Dad’s job!
(Feeeel the burp within you, Luke!
Give innnnnn to the burp, Luke. It is your desssstiny!)

My two favorite people in the world!

But, it wouldn’t be Mother’s Day without also remembering the other Moms that are important to me. I have not one, not two, but THREE special Moms.My own mother went to meet Jesus on Christmas morning, 1996… so hard to believe that will be ten years this Christmas. Sara’s mother is as much my ‘Mom’ now as my mother was. But I was blessed with another Mom too…. sure, she was my Aunt, but I practically lived at her house and got as much of my love for children’s ministry as I did from my mom… forgive me as I travel down memory lane a bit….

Yup, me, Melissa, Lynn and MOM.
(Sorry, Jordan, ya weren’t born yet!)

My mom may not have had a website – but she was a huge influence in many people’s lives and especially the children she taught. She was always dressing up and didn’t care how silly she might look. The kids loved her and I was often told how lucky I was that my mom was my mom!

My mom with her ‘Story Box’ – every week something new would come out. IN FACT, just this week I got an email from someone who said they still remember her story box, and its been over twenty years!

Oooooo, a scary story!

Arrrrg! Pirates! (My Mom and Melissa!)

My Aunt Linda and my Mom.

My Aunt Linda’s home was always filled with kids!
(I’m the one with my arm on the left arm rest barely visable!)

She was no dummy, but would use anything to teach.

I can still sing the songs and remember the stories from Aunt Linda’s children’s church!

Aunt Linda with her bird puppet!

My Mom and Aunt Linda, sisters, friends, and ministry partners!

My mom with Sara when we were at Moody Bible Institute.

Sara and her mom, Patty Jo. (I love this picture!)

That’s a lot of pictures. I’ll end with this one of my mom, perhaps putting together a Mother’s Day bulletin board. Wow, I miss her bad. I sure wish she could meet little Luke, but I am so thankful for her loving and gentle example and the love of Jesus and children that she instilled in me. Luke may never get to meet his grandma, but his life will still be richer because of her patient investment in me – and may Luke not drive me as crazy as I drove my mom!

I am so thankful for my Moms…. my mother, Patti, my mother in law Patty Jo, my Aunt Linda, and now, newest to this elite club… my wife, Sara. Each has made my life so rich, so blessed, so happy, and so special… and so filled with memories that I cherish every day, but especially today.

BONUS FOR READING ONLINE: Download the Mother’s Day Video I made for the worship services today. (Let Them Be Little 32.8MB)

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Karl Bastian is the founder of, the creator of, and the author of His personal website is He is Big Kid with a passion for equipping and encouraging those who minister to children.


  1. Thanks a lot for making me cry right before leaving for church. Next time your title should be
    Really though, tears aside, this was a great post and I loved seeing the pictures.

    Happy Mother’s Day Sara. You are so awesome with Luke. He is so lucky to have a Mommy like you.


  2. Happy Mothers’ Day, Sara! Congratulations! We are so happy for you. Hopefully we’ll be able to connect and meet the newest addition to you family next weekend :-)

  3. HAPPY MOTHER”S DAY, SARA!! What a lucky little boy to have such a wonderful mommy!
    Miss you, hope to see you all soon :)

    PS: Thanks for sharing the photos, Karl! And Sara, don’t worry, you look great in ALL of them… and soooo happy!

  4. Happy (late) Mother’s Day Sara! I thought of you yesterday morning and what a wonderful thing it is that you get to celebrate being Luke’s mommy! Your smiles in the pictures are worth a million words!

    Love, Tanya

  5. We brought Caleb home on Mother’s day. What a great way to celebrate the joy have having a little baby in the house. Congrats to both of you! Let’s see how all that you’ve learned/preached works in practice:) Jenni

  6. Karl,
    Thanks for sharing the pics of your mom. now I have a face to match up when I remember all of your stories about your mom. With a family like yours, no wonder you ended up being a Children’s Pastor. What a great legacy! Shelly

  7. I love seeing your pictures. I especially enjoyed your pictures of your mom. Wow, did she mentor you ! I also enjoy the Luke and Dew pictures…

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