It seems I have a running tradition now to blog about the birthdays of my family or dear friends. So far be it from me to discontinue that for my mom.
My mom’s birthday was Sunday, Oct. 12. We celebrated with her at lunch at Cracker Barrell – her favorite restaurant. This birthday was special because a) all three of her children were there at the same time, which was pretty amazing considering everyone’s different schedules and b) She now knew that all three children were walking with the Lord – also very amazing considering both of my brothers’ pasts. God is so good and faithful. If you are a mom who is desperately praying for a wayward child, don’t give up. God hears your prayers and will answer them in His perfect timing and His perfect way. Hallelujah!
My mom is one of the most wonderful people I know. She does not judge anyone, but looks for and expects the best out of them. As a result, she wins friends and influences people quite easily. This is especially true for her kids. We knew that no matter what we did, or what was going on in our lives, she loved us unconditionally and would be our biggest support, our biggest cheerleader, and our best shoulder to cry on. Today, there are people in her life that cling to her whenever they are around her, because her positive attitude towards them and about them are like a breath of fresh air.
Mom was the 4th child born in her family, but the first girl. Years later, another boy was born, so she grew up with 5 brothers. This made her a bit of a tom-boy growing up. Her family was also a poor family (her dad was a mechanic) and so her and her brothers had to create ways to keep themselves entertained. As a result, we had the best, most entertaining childhood. She always encouraged us to use our imaginations. She also knows how to fix just about anything. There is no problem too daunting for her to take on. She spent summers when we were kids cleaning out the area behind our house that was overgrown with a little bit of everything, so we could get to the creek and play in it. She and Dad built one of my first bikes from spare parts – the best bike I ever had.
Now she is just as good a grandmother as she was (and is) a mother. My boys LOVE seeing Grandma, because there is never a dull moment when she is around. Her house is a place of never-ending adventure for them. She still teaches me things through her example – through her way of handling them. Rarely does my mom correct my methods of parenting, but instead knows that actions speak louder than words. Therefore, when she does say something to me – about anything – I pay close attention to her words of advice or admonition.
I could go on, but instead, I will turn this post over to my brother, Rusty, who is a poet (well, he’s a rapper whose stage name is Poet). I asked him to come up with a poem in honor of mom for her birthday – 5 minutes ago. Here is what he wrote:
Today is the greatest day cause its the day you came from Heaven, and anybody who gets to know you gets to know a true blessin’. Even though I caused some major stressin when I was headed in the wrong direction, you always prayed for my protection to keep me from God’s rejection. If it wasn’t for you, I’ d still be lost and confused, still runnin through these streets, not knowin’ what to do. Now its all right mamma, you can sleep tonight mamma, and allow me to apologize for all of the drama but Im’ma take everything I learned, and use it in turn, to help other people so their soul don’t burn. I know my gift of creativity comes from your blood, so does my passion and so does my love. I put nothing above, my respect for my mother and until the end of time there will never be another, that could be so strong and so warm-hearted, but I’m gonna end this now, even though I’m just gettin’ started. Happy B’day Momma.
Happy Birthday, Mom! We love you SO very much!!