My Mom left for home today. John and I are so grateful for all she’s done to help us. She’s covered the things that John didn’t have time to do and the things I simply couldn’t do.
Between helping with meals, dishes, laundry, cleaning, driving, watering plants, helping pack lunches, grocery shopping and so much more… her generosity goes unmatched. My Dad might argue, since he thinks it was him who sacrificed by “loaning Mom” to us. 😉
Mom stayed with us for nearly 3 weeks and I know she was greatly missed by everyone at home. Dad told her he was going to start cleaning yesterday at noon to prepare for her return. 🙂 Kevin will be anxious to eat her cooking again, I’m sure. The great grandkids will LOVE having Grandma Melanie back home… she’s one of their favorite people. Her friends have missed her and she’s missed them, I know they are anxious to be with her again. Everyone missed her presence, no doubt about it. Mom is a Godly woman, one who is loving, generous and encouraging. She makes herself available to those in need and often gives others a listening ear and words of encouragement.
Wherever she isn’t present, she is missed. On some level my Dad is correct… it’s a sacrifice when my Mom is somewhere else. We will miss her. Her calmness, sweetness and selflessness continue to teach us to be better.
Mom, thank you! Thank you! THANK YOU!! for everything you did to help us… and just for being willing to be with us during this time. You sacrificed for us and we do not take your generosity lightly. We are so grateful. You are a Mom whose children are all quick to “Rise Up and Call Her Blessed.” You exemplify to us this text…
Who can find a virtuous wife?
For her worth is far above rubies.
The heart of her husband safely trusts her;
So he will have no lack of gain.
She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.
She seeks wool and flax,
And willingly works with her hands.
She is like the merchant ships,
She brings her food from afar.
She also rises while it is yet night,
And provides food for her household,
And a portion for her maidservants.
She considers a field and buys it;
From her profits she plants a vineyard.
She girds herself with strength,
And strengthens her arms.
She perceives that her merchandise is good,
And her lamp does not go out by night.
She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her hand holds the spindle.
She extends her hand to the poor,
Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.
She is not afraid of snow for her household,
For all her household is clothed with scarlet.
She makes tapestry for herself;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.
Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.
She makes linen garments and sells them,
And supplies sashes for the merchants.
Strength and honor are her clothing;
She shall rejoice in time to come.
She opens her mouth with wisdom,
And on her tongue is the law of kindness.
She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her: “Many daughters have done well,
But you excel them all.”
Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
Give her of the fruit of her hands,
And let her own works praise her in the gates. Proverbs 31:10-31
… But You excel them all Mom!
We love you,
John and Cindy