She didn't have the best childhood. She remembers sitting in bars as a child waiting for her parents to be done. There were things she did not know the truth about until she was a grandmother, even down to not knowing her Mom's real first name. She made the very best of it. Her only brother became a product of what having a hard life so often does to a person. She didn't. She may not have had the best example (although there were some awesome adults in her life as a child), but she became a wonderful example of a godly mother. Sometimes I take it for granted that my Mom was a Christian, and then I think about what the odds were that she would be who she is today. I am in awe of her.
I have my Christian heritage because she chose to follow Christ and take her two little girls to church always. She did not have the support of a husband in her faith. She had to be the spiritual leader on her own. She prayed and stayed in the Word and eventually saw my Father come to Christ. Her life has been such an example.
I am who I am today because of who she is and who she was.
On Friday, my Mom turned 70! I can hardly believe it. We had a party for her with all of her children and grandchildren present. She got a way cool ipad2 and we made her a book with a letter from each of us telling her what she means to us. It was a wonderful day. It was so good to celebrate the woman who has celebrated me for my whole life.
P.S. My one complaint would be that it would have been nice if my Mom had given me her "no-gray-hairs and don't dye my hair even though I am now 70" genes. I am just saying it would have been nice. Also, it is not nice when your mother is much thinner than you are and therefore you have to workout and lose weight;-)
Happy Birthday Mom!!!! You are the best!!!