Her Children Arise and Call her Blessed

April 19, 2009

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.

Here’s Mom reading another birthday card….she has received 93 cards in the mail so far!! Thanks everyone! :)

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.

Isaiah 46:4
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.



3 responses to Her Children Arise and Call her Blessed

  1. What a wonderful tribute to your Mom. She is s source of strength for all of us and I am honored to be her friend. Happy Birthday, Judith.

  2. Happy Birthday, Judy!

    What beautiful words Karen! I can see God’s fingerprints all over your mothers life. She is a beautiful example of faith & strength , and I admire that so much about her. Oh, and the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree ;). Glad you had a fun birthday celebration!

  3. What an honoring post. Judy deserves such honor. She is a remarkable lady.

    I was so happy to hear the last card count of 104! That shows just how special she is to so many people!