Today is my mom’s 70th birthday. I am thankful I was able to celebrate with her during my visit to KC last month. I asked her what she wanted for her birthday and she didn’t have anything specific in mind. So we decided to take her to a baseball game. In 100 degree heat. Cause that’s what you do to show someone you love them. We certainly made memories and managed to have a good time.
As I get older, I understand and appreciate my mom more and more. Despite the fact that she was a single parent, she managed to be a stay-at-home mom also. She has modeled what christianity and a prayer-warrior looks like. She encouraged me early on to make bible reading a daily habit. She has a heart to help the elderly and the sick. I can remember many visits to nursing homes that ended with us singing for the residents. She also has a strong sense of justice and a unique way of helping where she can. She started doing foster care when I was in high school. And more recently, she hosted a foreign exchange student from China for 2 years.
Even though I wasn’t interested in learning, she tried to teach me how to cook. She is a pro at taking leftovers and making them into something amazing. (Matt thinks this is her best quality) She is the queen of garage sales and thrift shops, you would be impressed with the bargains she scores. She regularly rearranges the furniture in her house and might do the same when she comes to visit. (She did rearrange our furniture while we were gone for a night)
We don’t always see eye to eye on everything, but I am so thankful for the relationship I have with my mom. I admire and appreciate the sacrifices she has made. And I love the special relationship she now has with my kids. They absolutely love Grammy. Happy Birthday Mom!