We celebrated my mom's 90th birthday this week. What a blessing she has been to me and our entire family. My mom has always been a positive role model of what it means to be a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. But she is so much more than that. She is an example of the perfect friend, sister, godmother, aunt and all that is good. When you ask her to pray for a special intention, she doesn't just say a prayer or two, see dedicates a whole rosary to your special intention every night until your prayers are answered. When our son, Michae,l was injured on the job last year, she started saying her rosary every night until he was able to return to work a few weeks ago. Now she is dedicating her prayers to a few babies of our family and friends who need extra prayers. SHe really does radiate God's light.
The last few years have been a little more difficult to see her aging. It makes me sad when she doesn't remember things and I'll admit, it frustrates me , too. But I know that deep down in her heart she is always the same person. The kindest, sweetest, most loving blessing to our family.
On Sunday, we gathered to celebrate her. All my kids and grandkids were able to make it. My brother and his daughter flew in, too. My sister, her husband and her son and his family also were able to celebrate with us. We were missing a few people, but were so glad to have 26 family members to celebrate with us.
|our own paparrazzi taking photos of the "Stanley wives"|
I asked a lot of my cousins to send cards. My mom was so glad to hear from so many of her nieces and nephews.She received many nice gifts of money and gift cards, clothing and even a beautiful Christmas wreath my daughter-n-law made. Her reaction to that was priceless; she said, "Oh, I'm going to win the door decorating contest at Senior Living, for sure!"
My favorite gifts that she received were all the cards my grandchildren made. They wrote letters to her and read them out loud in front of everyone. It was a special day.
While my dad was alive and we would all gather together, he would look at my mom and say, "Look what we started", I wonder what he is saying in heaven as he looks down on all of us now.
My sister made a beautiful video of my mom's life in photos. Needless to say we were all in tears watching it.