This year will be your 66th celebration of Mother’s Day. Because of your two acute strokes and a blood clot within the past few months, this has been a nostalgic week of remembering and thanking God for the ways He has blessed me and continues to bless me through you. Even with all the health issues, you continue to have such a sweet, kind, and loving spirit.
You and Dad raised five children. With that many kids, there was always someone to play with, help with chores, or irritate at times. You still amaze me that you were calm and didn’t let things or your kids overwhelm you. We were expected to speak and act respectfully. One of the things that I cherish to this day is that Dad modeled, taught, and enforced us always speaking and treating you with love and respect.
From early in your marriage, you were intentional in raising us to be a close and loving family. Family traditions began early and continue to be followed to this day. You love having family around, no matter how loud or hectic it gets. Holidays and Beach Week with family continue to be some of our favorite times of the year.
From my earliest days I remember going to church. We were there Sunday mornings and Sunday nights, Wednesday nights, for Vacation Bible School, choir, Sunbeams, GA’s, RA’s, and mission activities. You taught and modeled that faith is to be a lifestyle. When we went to the nursing homes with the GA’s, you drove and went with us. I see now how important that was because you delight when people come to sing or do special things at Colonial Oaks. If we went to the prom or graduation activities, we were still expected to be at church on Sunday morning. You and Dad started teaching in the 2nd grade Sunday School Department at South Main Baptist Church, Pasadena the year before I was in 2nd grade. Even after Dad died you continued teaching and retired after teaching more than 50 years.
You are creative and talented. When we were growing up you made most of our clothes, helped guide us on our projects, and could make just about anything needed. One time someone mentioned something Martha Stewart was making. Adam (my nephew) said, “What’s the big deal. Grandmother can do all that.” And you could! The grandkids learned quickly that Grandmother had the supplies for creative projects and was willing to help. Through the years you made rag bags and bow bags for brides, baby blankets and bibs for babies, Bible and Sunday School book bags for the second graders at church, and in later years crocheted scrubbies. You are never one to just sit and be idle.
Thoughtful is a word that describes you well. Your words are used to build people up and not tear them down with gossip. When we were still at home, you showed us the importance of sending cards and making cakes and food to take to people who were sick or had lost a loved one. You also taught us to be grateful and express it with a thank you note and words. To this day, you still ask about the grandkids and want to know how each one of them is doing. I remind them often that you look at their senior pictures on your wall and pray for all ten grandkids every night.
One of the reasons I think I wanted to be a mom so much when I was growing up is because of your unconditional love for all five of us kids. Thank you for loving Jesus, loving Daddy, loving us and our families, and showing us your faith in words and deeds.
I thank God for sweetly blessing me with you as my mother. You are celebrated this Mother’s Day. I hope and pray that every day you know how much you are loved and treasured.
With much love and gratitude,
She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
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.
Teach us to number our days,
That we may gain a heart of wisdom.