I love the spring of the year. It is a time of flowers, sunshine and the time that reminds me most of my mother. Today was her birthday. She would have been 73.
My mom and dad married in their late twenties, and my sister was born when my mom was 30. Due to a problem, they did not think they could have any more children. Guess who came 8 years later? Me.
As I grew up, she was the one I went to when I had a problem. She was the one who talked with me about Jesus. She was a stay at home mom until I was in the 3rd grade. I began attending a Christian school so she applied for a job there and began teaching. We were so close. My sister went to college when I was ten, so we had those years where every day was spent together till dad came home. The times were sweet and full of fun. My mom was one who loved to have fun. She passed the craziness on to me. I remember when I had a camera and I wanted to take some pictures to get used to it. She was cooking and I told her to smile. Instead she struck a pose and poured a can of peas into a pot and hollered, “Peas with Flair.” There were a million times just like this one.
She was diagnosed with cancer in December of 1989 and went to be with the Lord April 6, 1990. It is hard to believe that it has been 17 years since then. I miss her so much even now. The pain of her passing has gone, but I miss the fun times together. I would love to share my husband and my children with her. She would have loved them so much. She would love the antics of my kids and I can imagine how she and Gordon would laugh and tell jokes together. I would love to share with her how much I have grown and matured in these last 17 years. I think she would have been proud of me.
Not long after her passing a dear friend sent me a card with this quote, “Something is never lost when you know where it is.” I know where my mama is today. She is sitting at the feet of Jesus talking with him and worshipping him. She shared her testimony of salvation with many people. I know several kids in the school came to Christ because of her witnessing to them. I know she is spending time with our relatives who have gone before her and since then. What a party in the clouds we will have when the Lord returns.
Today, I just wanted to remember her and share her with you.
Precious in the eyes of the Lord is the death of his saints. –Psalm 116:15