Monday, October 5, 2015

Nonagenarian

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.



8 comments:

Melody A. said...

What a wonderful family celebration of someone who is obviously very special!! I loved your grandchild's card, she is an old, wise lady!! Leave it to a kid to state it with absolute truth. Just cracked me up to read it. Blessings to your family and she is certainly a great one to have.

mascanlon said...

Pretty wonderful day and so many happy pictures. I loved the video. Growing up in the Midwest lots of my early family photos look pretty similar. Your family is blessed and it's oh so clear you all love her too pieces. Thanks for sharing!

geri centonze said...

What a great post Di - I can see why you were crying...it was a beautiful day. I thank you so much for including Paul and I and Chris' family too. It made it extra special that we all got to celebrate together. I love you!!!

needle and nest said...

What a beautiful post to honor your mother! I especially love the part about how she prays the rosary every day for friends and family in need of prayers. Her trust in God clearly runs deep.

My husband's grandmother turned 95 this year. There is something very special about people in their 90s, don't you think. I always call his grandma "our treasure" - and I'm betting your mom is your family's treasure too.

God Bless.

Leanne said...

Happy Birthday to your mom, and what a wonderful family you have!

Josie McRazie said...

Such a beautiful tribute to your mother!! Happy Birthday to her!!!

Debbie said...

So very precious! What a beautiful day celebrating a very special woman.

cityquilter grace said...

found your blog by accident and was enthralled with the post about your mom's birthday...my mom is going to be 89 in february so she is getting close. every day with her is precious as i can tell from your words also. hoping you have many more years to enjoy being with her...