When I think about my mom, I think about how much she has overcome in her life. She didn't have it as easy as many. Her mother disappeared when she was very young- I believe if memory serves me correctly it was right around her 6th birthday. No one knows exactly what happened to my grandmother, although there are lots of speculations that I won't share here.
My mom was raised by her dad and her grandparents. The constant moving and circumstances of her childhood and early adult years provided very limited contact with her sister Mary, and no contact with her other sister, Linda. Eventually my grandfather remarried, but much like his parenting, my grandparents were never hands-on, or really even involved in our lives. I can count on one hand the number of times I remember visiting with them over the years. I have always been a little jealous of people with doting grandparents who ooh and aah over them, and buy them shoes.
My mom married my daddy, and they later divorced in 1978. She was a single mom, trying to get my sister, brother and me to responsible adulthood. She sometimes worked as many as 3 jobs to keep food on the table. It wasn't easy- she sacrificed alot. And, if I do say so myself, she did a pretty good job. We're all grown up now, and blessed to have added Larry into our lives. I am so thankful that he loves my momma!
Keith, Mom, Larry, Me & Renee
Several years ago, I believe God's grace, and perfect timing brought a very surprising phone call. My Aunt Linda had found my mother-- initially, the communication was short and sweet but it didn't take long for the sisters to become friends, and sisters in every sense of the word. They are so much alike it is fun to be around them and watch them. It is a sweet, sweet relationship- and that makes my mom being on vacation, with her sister, Linda so special. So, while it isn't such a big deal that she is on vacation- that she is on vacation with Linda is actually a really big deal. So, I don't mind sharing her today. I know she is enjoying the best gift she could have, hanging out with her sister - her friend.
Aunt Linda- if you by chance ever read this, I'm so glad you found us. You have brought great joy into our lives and we love you.
Mom, I just want you to know that I've thought about you all day today. I am proud of you. You have done a great job loving us through difficult circumstances, and more than anything for showing us God's love; teaching and training us in God's word.
Renee, Mom and Me
I love you much and am not bitter that you went to the beach without me- really.
----- HAPPY BIRTHDAY!