Today is a day of celebration. It is my Mother’s birthday!! We spent most of the day together sitting around the living room with family, bouncy kids and good food. My brother Mike, surprised us with another visit and my Aunt Carolyn flew in for the occasion. It was a wonderful day. Nothing too overly special was done or said, but it was priceless none the less.
Four years ago I didn’t think I would have spent today with my Mom. The Doctors didn’t think she would be here and they stated that “even with chemo….well, maybe two years.” However, she is still here and still brings JOY to my life each day. I can say that Mom is one of the best friends that I have ever had and it is a special relationship because she IS my Mom. I know that over the last four years we have experienced pain and hardship. We have rejoiced together over good news and good times and cried over the painful reports and the difficulties that come with fighting cancer. Yet, I am honored to walk with her through this and I am equally honored to call her my Mom. I have never known of someone with her stamina, her strength in weakness, her joy, her faith, hope and endurance in the face of such a fight. She has taught me so much without ever opening her mouth as I have watched and listened and observed.
If I could go back and choose who my Mother would be, I would pick my Mom. I wouldn’t change a thing! I can only hope to be to my children what she has been to me over the years. God was completely merciful to me when he gave me my Mom. So on this special day, I want to tell Mom that I love her and I am grateful to everything that she has poured into my life.
Even to your old age, I am He,
And even to gray hairs I will carry you!
I have made, and I will bear;
Even I will carry, and will deliver you.