Today is the birthday of a very special lady. It is my sweet, dear Mother’s birthday.
She has been one of the best gifts God has ever given to me. I have loved her every day of my life since it began. Yes, it was love at first sight for us. Hearing her voice is like a soothing balm to my soul. In fact, I would venture to guess that melodious voice calmed me while she was carrying me safely inside of her over sixty years ago.
Everyday we talk. We begin our days with a check-in call. Throughout the day I can’t count the number of calls. I depend on her for so many thing. “Mom, how do I…..” or “what was the name of that ….” or even “do you remember what recipe Mammaw used for…” are some of the normal lead-ins. Let’s not forget the ever popular “Mom, I need to know what you would do….” To be honest, sometimes I just want to hear her voice. Before we go to bed each evening, we call to say “good night, I love you” and sincerely mean it.
This beloved, exceptional woman gives sage advice to whomever asks. It is never unsolicitated. Mom waits until she is sought. Her counsel is biblically based and comes from experience.
She is very loving. Whether via gifts, words, hugs, or kisses, Mom makes certain we know that she loves us all, and equally. There are no favorites with her. Through her guidance I was lead to the Lord at an early age and taught to follow and obey Him. I love that we still talk about Him – what He does for our family, how He answers our prayers, what we need to take before Him, and how we should serve Him by serving others. A big smile overtakes my face as I remember her holding my hand for bedtime prayers. We would go through the family asking our Heavenly Father to bless each one as we named them.
My Mother provides the best living example for a Proverbs 31 woman. She worked full time, kept a spotless house that was a loving home, and made delicious meals. If a friend needed help or school needed a sponsor, she volunteered. Besides all of that, she was and still is a member of a community organization, has been on others, helps those in need, is an active member of our church, is a shrewd businesswoman, and is the best wife, Mother, Grammy, family member, and friend you will encounter. Yes, maintains a sparkling clean home and is a fabulous cook still today. I have never seen her drink any alcohol, smoke a cigarette, or heard a curse pass her sweet lips. Absolutely, she is a true jewel and Proverbs 31 woman, not to mention a role model for many.
Her life has touched a multitude. People have told me stories of how she helped them in various ways. When I was a young girl I remember going with her to take meals to shut-ins. We did not just drop the food off. We visited, tidied up, and read the Bible.
I know how to take care of my husband and children because of her. A lot of the fun things we did were activities she did with us. Those trickled down and I see my children doing them with their children now. She makes everything fun, exciting and memorable. Our family still quotes things she said years ago and mimics things she has done. She is the Queen of our family and glue that keeps us together.
By example she showed me how sisters love each other, how mothers treat their children, and how to maintain lifelong friendships as she has two that are older than I am. Those ladies are like family now. Family is important to Mom, second only to God.
Happy Birthday to you, Mama. I wish you many more happy ones. Thank you for everything you have given me, given up for me, taught me, and for being the beautiful Christian lady you are. You are adored and cherished. I am blessed beyond measure that I was given the honor of being your daughter. There are not enough worlds to express my love and gratitude to you.
Sometimes I wonder where or what I would be if you had not been chosen as my Mother, but that thought is quickly dismissed. You were chosen, and I was abundantly blessed. You are absolutely perfect for me and our entire family, but God already knew that. Lord, we are so thankful for her and the choice You made when you gave us our own Proverbs 31 woman.