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From Pity Party to Birthday Party

So, the other day, I posted Enough is Enough on my blog.  I was in the pit and whining.

Things are still falling apart, but the Lord has been gracious enough to show me the true meaning of life.

Love.

Love one another.

Love thy neighbor.

Care for the orphans and the widows.

Check.

Check.

Check.

Today, we celebrated my Lady’s 81st birthday!  I am SO thankful that the Lord saw fit to bring us together in what started out as a mentor/mentee relationship.  It has turned into so much more.  The love this woman has for me, for my husband, for my children…what a blessing.

Last month, I was frightened, sad, humbled, and honored to walk with my Lady down a scary health path.  She came to my house, early one morning, bringing me a beautiful American flag.  She left after a lovely visit.  She called me later and was confused, not sounding right, and tired.  I hung up the phone and I was preparing to go to her and check on her when I received another call, from her granddaughter’s fiance’.  My Lady was in the ER and I needed to get there.

While I was talking with her, on the phone, she was in the process of having her first stroke.  I stayed by her side for 48 hrs.  I never closed my eyes.  We talked, cried, laughed, remembered, and I listened and I soaked up every single bit of her.  During that time, I was blessed to be holding her hand, listening to her love story with “her Jerome” as she had her second stroke.  My heart sank, but I knew that she loved me and she loved her family and she loved her Jesus.

We are on the other side of that traumatic event.  She is still tired and her vision isn’t great, but she is home and doing well and today is her BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I came over earlier in the day, just to hug her neck and to see what she needed from the store.  We had another fantastic visit.  Our plans were for my family to head over, with supper in hand, and occupy her evening.  We had fried chicken, hashbrown casserole, green bean casserole, squash casserole, rolls, baked beans, and salad.  We had cupcakes too!  My kids made her a birthday sign, my daughter drew her a picture, and we all had cards for her.  We ate, laughed, sang, and ended the night with all my kids surrounding her at her table and playing with an activities booklet.  It was wonderful.

She is my Lady.

Oh, how I love her.

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