Happy Mother’s Day to my mom!!
I am thankful I still have my mother on this earth. She has been dealing with serious health issues for the past few years, and recently received some great reports!! All who love her, are so very grateful! During the past few years, my mom has faced her crises with grace and kindness. She has been unfailingly thankful for every small blessing.
My mom has been a blessing to me, and the rest of her family and her many friends. She has been a prayer warrior, praying for so, so many, including me and mine.
God has given me a wonderful Mom. I am so thankful!!
I love you Mom!!!
The following is a tribute I wrote to my mom a few years ago for Mother’s Day:
My mom is a beautiful Irish-looking girl. Her parents were very young when they married—17 years old. My mother was their second child and daughter, (they eventually had 4 children, 3 girls and 1 boy.) She was born in 1938, not long before World War II started. Her father left to go serve in the military, and she, her sister and mother lived with her father’s parents.
My mother says that those early years of living with her grandparents shaped the kind of person she wanted to be when she grew up. Her grandmother was very hard working and cheerful. She had a baking day, and a laundry day, and a cleaning day. They lived on a large farm and had field hands that had to be fed. Her grandmother cooked massive meals for them.
My mother wanted to be just like her grandmother, cheerful, hardworking, baking and cooking for a crowd.
She got her wish. She married my father, and they proceeded to have 6 children. My mother was cheerful, hardworking, and she cooked and baked like she was feeding farmhands, which is probably not far from how we ate.
In so many ways, my mother was the consummate homemaker, mother, wife, hostess and just plan—wonderful person. She has persevered through life with a smile. She has known the loss of many loved ones, including her husband and her grandchild, (my son), her niece and nephew, two of her siblings, her parents, grandparents, many loved friends and extended family. Almost everyone in the picture below has entered into eternity, including the little boy –my Aunt Gaye’s son. My mother stood by her sister’s side, as my Aunt Gaye lost her husband, son and daughter within a six month period of time.
My mother has shown me the wisdom of just doing the next right thing that there is to do. She has shown me what it looks like to depend on God, in times of weakness.
My mother is a person of great faith. She has an awe of the Almighty and a humbleness that displays that she knows who she is, because she knows who He is.
She is also a little dynamo!! Her energy never seems to flag, and her smile is a constant garment she wears.
What I love most about my mother, is her laugh. It is infectious, and joy filled, and my mother laughs often. My mom seems to take joy and sprinkle it wherever she walks and wherever she is. Her very name means “Joy”.
She has graced her family and friends with that joy for more than 81 years.
So, Mom—This Mother’s Day—I want to wish you a Joy Filled Day!! I love you Mom!!