National Parents Day: An Employee’s Story

By CCM Marketing Intern, Jadasia Norris

 

In May we celebrated our Mothers; in June, our Fathers. So it’s only natural to celebrate our parents together in July!

 

National Parents Day honors all parents on the fourth Sunday in July. Although it isn’t as well-known as the traditional Mother’s/Father’s Day observances, it’s growing in popularity.

 

Officially established as a holiday in 1994, National Parents Day will be observed on July 22 this year.

 

Many businesses feature generational relationships. For example, your typical “Father and Son” business operates on a foundation of family. Here at Christian Care Ministry, there are six employees who also have parents who work here, and five employees who have children working here as summer interns.

 

In celebration of National Parents Day, we want to highlight one of our employees – Noel Osborne – who has the privilege to work with her mom at CCM:

 

Q: Have you ever heard of/celebrated National Parents Day?

 

A: No, but I definitely feel like it should be celebrated every day. I’m all for taking a special day out of the year for it, just as we do for Mother’s and Father’s Day. I believe that parents definitely deserve more than one day of special recognition a year. And I say that now especially that I am a parent myself. Let’s celebrate all those who have raised kids that weren’t necessarily ones they gave birth to.

 

Q: Describe your favorite thing about your parents.

 

A: The example that my parents set, even though I probably didn’t appreciate it as much at the time. Looking back, now that I’m a parent myself, the Biblical principles they put in practice not just in how they parented but also in their own relationship meant a lot.

 

Q: You were raised in a Christian household, I assume then, correct?

 

A: Yes, I had the privilege of being born into a Christian home, basically born into the church, and my parents were both heavily involved in the church.

 

Osborne Family

 

Q: How would you describe your relationship with the Lord?

 

A: I would say my relationship with Him is the center point that guides all the other relationships that I have. For example, my relationship with my husband, my child, and my parents.

 

Q: What is one of the most important things your parents taught you?

 

A: Well, we talk a lot about posture, and walking and living in grace and truth, and there have been countless times where my parents have exuded that posture to me. When I was 21, I got pregnant with my son and I was not married. That was a situation that could have gone sideways, but my parents showed the utmost love, grace, and truth through that entire season of my life. Not just to me, but really they protected me from others who may not have extended the right posture to me at that time.  For that I’m just so thankful, and that speaks to who they are not just as parents, but as people and as Christ-followers.

 

Q: What adjective(s) would you use to describe you parents?

 

A: I hesitate to say best friends, because they have always been my parents first and foremost and I feel it’s easy to fall into the trap of being your child’s friend versus being their parent. But as an adult they are definitely my best friends.

 

Q: What department do you work in?

 

A: I work in Organizational Development, which is, essentially, the centralized location for all of the Ministry Learning & Development, Curriculum Development, and Professional Development. I’m the Corporate Facilitator for our Melbourne, Fla., location.

 

Q: Do you and/or you parents do anything outside of CCM together?

 

A: We serve in our church together. My parents help lead the security team at the church and my Dad is an elder/Deacon. I lead worship.

 

Q: How would you describe your mom?

 

A: #1 is loving, #2 intelligent (she is the smartest person), and #3 integrity (her moral compass is always on point – I know that I will always get the most sound advice from her). I feel as if that describes my father too.

 

Q: What department(s) do your parents in?

 

A: My mom works in External Account Services and my father is a semi-retired seasonal member development specialist.

 

Noel Osborne with daughter

Noel Osborne and son