I cannot think of a better subject for this week's snapshot.
She's amazing. She's resilient. She's joyful.
She's a glass half full kind of gal.
She knows how to take care of younguns like nobody's business. She had a slew of them herself back in the day.
She has a servant's heart. She loves Jesus. She loves her husband, kids & step-kids, grandkids, her friends, she loves REALLY BIG.
She always chooses mercy and grace.
At the same time she shares her opinion unashamedly.
She does NOT get stuck in her ways. If anything, she seeks out adventure.
She hangs out with young people because she is young at heart.
She "gets" why we adopt children. She has always been our biggest cheerleader. (okay she might say we're crazy to my other sisters, but she's never said it to me! ;)
She is a beautiful 74 year old.
She is my mom!
I don't get to see her much these days. She's taking care of my step-dad, Bob, who is struggling with a lot of health issues. Mom is his caregiver 24/7, and she does it with such joy. She sets such a godly example for me in being the kind of wife who is there through sickness and in health.
In 1994/95, Mom was my Dad's caregiver in his last days. (A mean blood disease took his life at the young age of 60.) Mom was our rock. Steadfast. Constant. She is a very strong woman.
Ten years later she met Bob and they planned their wedding on the beach in 2004, my sisters and I couldn't have been happier! Hurricane Ivan ruined the beach wedding and in one week we planned mom's wedding at a bed & breakfast south of Atlanta, GA. It turned out to be the most beautiful wedding ever.
Now Bob is sick, and once again Mom is showing us what being a wife truly means.
One of my favorite stories that Mom tells is a perfect example of her perseverance. When my older sisters were young, my mom and dad only had one car. Dad needed it for school (I believe) and Mom really wanted to go to church. So she piled my sisters (I believe it was just 3 at the time) on her BICYCLE and rode them to church. Mom, and three little girls. She had one on the handle bars, one behind her, and one in front of her. (Mom if I am telling this story wrong, please correct me!) I can just picture that determined woman. Nothing was gonna stop her. (Of course today if this happened, they would all need helmets and there is probably some law about how many people you can have on a bicycle. But anyway.)
And that is how she is. She gets something in her head, and she does it. No matter what. I remember another story when it was my Dad's graduation (or some special occasion) and she wanted a new dress to wear. Being a young couple, they weren't rich in funds. So in true Scarlett O'Hara fashion, she took her curtains and made herself a dress. Just. Like. That.
That reminds me of another word that describes my mom. Resourceful. She made Katie Lyn's baby bedding out of a Battenburg Lace tablecloth. Amazing!
Mom was a band director at one time. She has a real heart for music, and is very gifted in playing lots of instruments, even in China! ;)
She will always have the nickname of "vicious" Granmart in China. She traveled with us to adopt Kimmie and Quan. What a blast! Having my mom along was such a blessing! When mom displayed a great kindness to our guide, he told her "You are very vicious!" She replied without batting an eye, "Yes, I am vicious!" And he said, "Oh no! I did not mean vicious! I meant GRACIOUS!" It was HILARIOUS! We laughed and laughed about that. And on our two subsequent trips to China, our guides still ask about "vicious Granmart"!
Mom, if I have HALF your energy and "go-get 'em" attitude when I am 74, I will be THRILLED! I love you!
And friends, please say a prayer for her and Bob...they're going through some hard transitions right now! I know she would appreciate your prayers. THANK YOU!