It was April 4, 1970. My sister’s 19th birthday. My mom was getting ready to leave for work and we decided to take this picture. I think it’s the last one I ever had with my mother.
We learned in January that she had cancer, but to a 14 year old, that meant she would die in about 20 years. Little did I know that just 5 months after this photo was taken, she’d be gone.
I’ve had heartache since, but this was the first and worst in my short life. It changed me. It turned my life upside down.
But there is much grief where there is much love. I’m grateful for my faith that assures me we’ll be together again, that tells me she’s with my boys.
I’m grateful for my memories, for the lessons learned at her knee. For the music she brought into my life. For the life she gave me.
And I look forward to my joyful reunion with her when the Lord sees fit to call me home.
It is also my mother-in-law’s birthday today. Happy Birthday in Heaven, Mom!
What memories are mulling around in your mind today?
A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day.