Sixty years ago this weekend, you turned 18 – and what a year that was! In the spring, you graduated from High School and then you met the handsome young man who would sweep you off your feet and love you for the entire rest of his life.
Mom, you still look the same! I can see why Dad fell head over heels for you. He must have been spell-bound the first time he laid eyes on you.
Of course, you probably did a double take when you spotted this young man!
Not every woman is as blessed as you were and are. Granted, life hasn’t always been easy, no life is, but you were never without love: The love of your parents, siblings, husband, your own children, many friends and especially God.
“I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.” – Jeremiah 31:3 NLT
It couldn’t have been easy becoming a mom three times in three years, but you pulled it off. We never felt like we weren’t the most loved and cared for children in the world. We never lacked a thing. We never missed out on anything. We were loved, protected, fed, and tucked into warm beds every night with a hug and a kiss. And you even went to the extreme of giving us a baby sister to love and spoil!
One thing is for sure, Mom, you always gave your best! Whatever you did: sewing our clothes, reupholstering furniture, teaching us to clean house, helping us with scouts, dividing up our chores, or simply wrapping presents, you always had a high bar. And because of that, you taught us to have a high bar in all that we do.
I have many sweet memories of our family and our traditions…
For Christmas: we got to open one gift every year on Christmas Eve! We always knew what we were getting: New pajamas that you had made! And we loved the soft flannel and the Christmas prints.
For Easter: You always made sure the girls had a new dress, hat, purse, gloves, and white patent leather shoes to wear to church. I also recall that you ended up carrying all of our hats, gloves, and purses home from church. Then going to Brush Creek for Easter Dinner and egg hunts with real hard-boiled eggs!
Mom, you have taught me so much. You gave me a love for learning and a passion to embrace challenges. You encouraged me to do whatever I wanted to do and become whatever I wanted to become. You let me go off to college and find my own way. You never held me back.
Thank you for all you’ve done for all of us. For the sacrifices you made. For the tears you’ve shed. For the love you give. For the forgiveness you extend.
“Who can find a virtuous and capable wife… Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her: ‘There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!’” – Proverbs 31:10-31
Happy birthday, Mom! I wish I could turn back the clock for you, so that you could relive all the good times. I know there are many! Thank you!