When asked by her friend how she’d like to spend her birthday (today), she answered “a picnic in the Arboretum with my daughters and granddaughters”. So that’s just what we did, a girl day in all of Spring’s blooming, pink glory. And we even had an extra bonus, my mom’s younger sister was here unexpectedly and got to join in the fun!
She’s the one who can step up, step in when there is a mess of any sort…be it the heart kind or the laundry kind. She has listened and loved for so many hundreds of hours over the past 35 years of my life and I’m just now beginning to understand the greatness of that gift. She has offered wisdom and grace and encouragement when my need has been paramount. She has stepped out in faith, taken risks, been brave and continued to pursue Jesus with all her heart. She has modeled a faithful, unwavering commitment to the vows of marriage, which in this era is a fading thing of beauty. That we’ve been blessed to live within 30 minutes drive of her and my dad for these past 15 years is such a treasure.
What a perfect day we had to celebrate! Warm spring days aren’t any given around these parts and we couldn’t have asked for a better one. Nor could any of us girls have asked for a better mom. Each of our lives holds all sorts of bits and pieces of her life and love all wrapped up into the women we are still becoming.
Thank you mom for letting each of us be “us”
and loving us
better with every passing year.
I read these verses this morning and they so describe my parents, we may be more familiar with the cherry tree instead of the cedars of Lebanon but certainly they are planted and rooted in God’s house, still bearing fruit in their “old” age, full of “green” life and declaring still the faithfulness of God…
The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God. They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green, to declare that the Lord is upright; he is my rock, there is no unrighteousness in him. (Psalm 92:12-15)