I am the luckiest woman alive. I have the most wonderful, compassionate, loving mom a person could ever want, and I'm not just saying this because she is my mom. If you know my mom, you know this is true. Any time someone talks to me about her, they say the same things. I feel so blessed that God chose me as her daughter. I just hope that I can grow up to be just like her.
My mom wears so many hats. When Eddy and I were growing up, she was the teacher, the nurse, the cook, the taxi driver...I could go on and on. Now that she doesn't have to do those things for her children, she continues to do such similar things for others. She volunteers in the gift shop at Walker Baptist Medical Center in Jasper and is very active in the volunteer organization. She is a member of the Ladies' Bible Class at Woodland Trace Church of Christ in Jasper. These wonderful ladies do so much--prepare meals for the local Hospice, provide support to Childhaven Children's Home in Cullman, AL. My mom is the CARD SENDER. =) She sends cards for birthdays to everyone. I could go on and on.
Sometimes it's hard to pin her down (or to track her down), but I would much rather she stay active and busy. It keeps her young.
So, to my wonderful mom...I love you, and I thank you for EVERYTHING you've done for me! I wouldn't be the person I am if it weren't for you.
I'm very lucky that I have a wonderful mother-in-law as well. She welcomed me into her family with open arms, and I know that she would do anything she could for me. It breaks my heart that she isn't the woman now that she was when I met her in February of 1992. Alzheimer's has stolen quite a bit of that person.
Danny and Linda brought her out here to the lake yesterday. Honestly, I was surprised she came, but Linda said she was wanting to come. It has gotten very hard to get her to go anywhere. About 3:00 though, she started getting antsy and was ready to go. She began worrying about her house not being locked because she didn't have her keys. (Linda had locked it for her because she has lost her keys. Again.) It was very windy, so she began worrying about a storm blowing up. She told John and me half a dozen times that if it did get stormy to go to her house. (We're a good hour away, so driving there wouldn't be the best thing.) She did enjoy herself though.
As I was dialing my mom's number this morning, John said he would call his mom, but she wouldn't remember it. THAT hurt my heart for him. It's is so unfair that he and his brothers and sister are losing their mom this way. I know...nobody ever said that life was fair.
To all of the moms out there, I hope your day is filled with joy, love, happiness, and most of all, relaxation. :)