Friday, November 21, 2008

Memories of Mom.....

Yesterday has been one year since my mom went to be with the Lord. Over the past year I have been referring to my mom's death rather then to her new life. Yesterday, Bryan commented to me that my mom had been with Jesus for a year and how awesome that was. So I have changed my tune.

I thought that I would post some pictures of my sweet mom, to share the joy with you that she has given to me over the past 35 years. None to be forgotten but everything to be remembered. She was the BEST mother ever. She trained me up the way I should go, then I had my turn to testify to her. She was an amazing Nana, it was her most favorite thing to be. Our children miss her so much. There are really no words to discribe the kind of Nana she was because she was so many things to the kids. A best buddy, slumber party friend, sports Nana, secret pal, cheerleader, nurse and the list goes on. She left a legacy for them that they will always remember. I am so glad that our two new little ones had a chance to meet her this side of heaven. We have many a hilarious stories about my mom, and great things to share like Buttons the dog, and worm soup.

Most of all, I miss her. Besides Bryan, she was my very best friend. We did everything together. As a child, I was the growth on her left hip. As a teenager, she couldn't shake me, she drove me every where and did everything with me. As a young adult, she gave me away, and was the very best Nana any daughter or grandchild could ever ask for. As time went by she allowed me to care for her. Even though the tides were turned she still encouraged me and chastised me. She taught me to be brave and courageous. She taught me how to continue to love even when you are too tired to. She taught our children, how to care for the sick. She taught them mercy and grace. She taught us to endure and to only trust God, never man. She taught us the importance of community, and to share the effort. She taught us to rest in Christ. And then she taught us all, how to pass graciously into the hands of Our Father.

I feel so blessed today to have shared all of these things with such a beautiful and special woman. I am who I am today because of the things my mom passed down to me. The Lord has grown and stretched me in so many different ways in the past couple of years, and made Himself known in this house among these people. Today I rest in the knowledge that my mom is with her Lord and Savior. She is whole, healed and dancing with Jesus. I can't help to imagine that she is still Nana to the little baby we lost, hanging out with her mom and some of her dearest friends & family that passed before her. She gets to sit at the feet of Jesus and worship Him all day and night.

My sweet mom is finally, fully alive. Today I rejoice in that!


Erica said...

What a beautiful beautiful tribute to an amazing woman. What an awesome blessing from the Lord.

The pictures tell an incredible story without saying a word. Praying for you friend as your heart aches. Rejoicing that your mama is dancing the streets of gold.

God's Girl said...

Awe... One year. You've experience the toughest 2 years and you've done it with grace, love and joy. God sure has poured His spirit upon you to do all that you've done.

I can't wait to meet your sweet mom in Heaven! My mom and your mom may be fellowshipping even now. : )

I pray that this next year would be filled with God's tender loving mercies.... perhaps 3 boys? :)

I love you girl!


Oliphint- said...

I agree--what a sweet tribute to your Mom. I too miss my Daddy! It's amazing to think of them in Heaven. How awesome.

I just posted today a little something about my Dad. Funny.

My Blessed Life said...

What an amazing tribute to your mom I am sure one day your children will say the same things about you after you have gone on to have coffee in heaven with your mamma. Drea you have had something incredible that most people will never know of even me. I admire you girl for so many reasons. You are such a blessing. I pray that God would continue to comfort that place in your heart where you miss her so.

Susan said...

What a beautiful tribute to your Mom. And what an awesome time you had growing up with her to guide youas a child and then a mother.

I too cannot wait to be dancing with Jesus some day and spending time with loved ones who have gone before me.

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