Today is my mother's 85th birthday and I am on a plane flying home to surprise her. I talked to her this morning and she told me what was planned for her day. She said twice, it would be just perfect if you and Amy were here too. ( Amy and I are two of her five children who do
not live in my hometown with her).
I cannot wait to see her face tonight when Amy and I show up at dinner. I am so excited. Tonight will be a celebration my mom will not soon forget. Her five children and my dad there with her is the greatest gift we could give my mom. When we are all together it is "gold
Now that my children are grown I know first hand this reality. Ty surprised me this year on my birthday by flying Annie home. It was such a wonderful surprise and a wonderful birthday.
What else my mom does not know is that tomorrow night there is a surprise party planned for her as well. There will be 100 of our closest family and friends there to celebrate her life. We have family coming in from out of town to celebrate her.
I am so glad we are doing this. Life is meant to be celebrated and especially those who mean the most to us! My mother certainly qualifies. She was a stay at home mom and her life revolved around us and our home. She cooked a "made from scratch" meal every night. She is a fabulous cook. She baked every Saturday; pies, homemade dinner rolls, cinnamon rolls, and cookies. She made soups and spaghetti and meatballs and meatloaf and
We actually sat around the table together every night and had our dinner. I can honestly count on one hand the times we ate out as a family. We were on a tight budget and mom knew how to stretch the grocery budget. I love to cook and some of my fondest memories with my mother took place in the kitchen. When I am at home cooking or baking I always think of my mom.
When each of our four children were born, my mom flew in and stayed with us for two weeks to help cook, clean and ease me into this new season. I love the videos we have of her seeing each of our children for the first time. It was a moment I cherish.
I always knew my mom would be there if I needed her. As the years have passed my
gratitude has only grown for the family I grew up in. Not a week goes by that I do not encounter someone who grew up in a less than ideal situation. Those individuals carry hurts and wounds that burden their hearts and lives today.
I have been blessed with a loving, caring, devoted mother, and I am so grateful. She has created a legacy of love and family and food. Happy 85th my mother!