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Happy Birthday Mom

As I read posts on Facebook and other social media, I am realizing many people relive their losses as the calendar rolls through the year. The older we get, the more loss we inevitably experience. Honoring the ones who are gone is a blessing as we can focus on the good memories and concrete them into our lives. Choosing to let the good replace the sadness, the empty places and the hard times through whatever road we traveled through that experience, is just that – a choice.

Today, I choose to honor my mom on her birthday. Back in the summer we began to plan a celebration for her 80th birthday today. Being as it is Thanksgiving week, everyone was coming from California, to Louisiana, Mississippi, Virginia, Ohio and Maryland. Possibly even New York and North Carolina.

In September, we celebrated Mom’s life in an unexpected way as we all gathered for our final goodbye to her.

Today, we are all remembering her. As is normal for me, I love to use my pictures to help me portray our last few years with her.

GiGi with Laura, Zack, Charlie, Jackson, Carter and Elliott

GiGi with Laura, Zack, Charlie, Jackson, Carter and Elliott

Barb and Richard in March 2012 helping Mom down to the beach at Destin.

Barb and Richard in March 2012 helping Mom down to the beach at Destin.

Richard and Mom on the beach in Destin.  March 2012

Richard and Mom on the beach in Destin. March 2012

Mom in Honduras at the Mi Esperanza training center.  January 2012 with Mary, Janet, Kea, Lori and Karen.

Mom in Honduras at the Mi Esperanza training center. January 2012 with Mary, Janet, Kea, Lori and Karen.

Mom helping build a house for a family in Honduras.  January 2012

Mom helping to build a house for a family in Honduras. January 2012

Mom and I at my house in Santa Ana.  January 2012

Mom and I at my house in Santa Ana. January 2012

The women in the beauty class at Mi Esperanza center in Tegucigalpa washed and styled mom's hair.  They loved her.

The women in the beauty class at Mi Esperanza center in Tegucigalpa washed and styled mom’s hair. They loved her.

Mom at Mary's house summer of 2012

Mom at Mary’s house summer of 2012

Mom and her sister, Aunt Dorie at the market - summer 2012.

Mom and her sister, Aunt Dorie at the market summer 2012.

One day in Baltimore when we went to see Cindy and Steve.  October 2012

One day in Baltimore when we went to see Cindy and Steve. October 2012

A great pic of Mom and Mary.  Summer 2012

One of my favorite pics of Mom and Mary. Summer 2012

One of my favorites of Mom, Cindy, Barb and I at Cindy's home in Destin.  March 2012

One of my favorites of Mom, Cindy, Barb and I at Cindy’s home in Destin. March 2012

Four generations of my family with mom.  March 2012

Four generations of my family with mom. March 2012

1998  Baton Rouge, Louisiana at Steph's wedding with Mom and Dad.

1998 Baton Rouge, Louisiana at Steph’s wedding with Mom and Dad.

So, enjoy my memories – I thank God for them and how He comforts us through the loss.

Nehemiah 8:9 Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who were instructing the people said to them all, “This day is sacred to the LORD your God. Do not mourn or weep. For all the people had been weeping as they listened to the words of the Law.
10 Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.

Lord, I ask you today to comfort those of us who are experiencing loss at this time in our lives. You promise us Lord that you know our pain and you understand what causes us to suffer. Please give us the courage to turn to Your words that will lead us to know the comfort You provide in these times. Our journeys are not easy, but knowing we are not alone in our travels, gives us hope. The hope that one day, there will be no more suffering, pain and grief. In Jesus’ name I pray for all of us. Amen.

One Response to “Happy Birthday Mom”

  1. lynne C. martin says:

    thank you for sharing these pictures and story….your mom was a special lady… I’m glad I got to spend a few days with her in Honduras…

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