My mom and I didn't agree on a lot of things and yet some things she shared with me I am so thankful for so those are the things I want to share ~
~ my mom shared with me the gift of reading. One that I have passed onto my kids and it is exciting to see my grandchildren also love books and reading.
~ my mom told me I could go to any church I wanted as long as it wasn't Jehovah Witness. I was raised in the Catholic church but in my teen years I went to a small Assembly of God church where I met the Lord. And when I was 17 I accepted him into my heart and he has been with me through the thick & thin of things in life.
~ my mom told me when I said I was going to marry Ron I could not just run home when we had a problem, "I made my bed and I had to sleep in it." And I know my mom and many others didn't think our marriage would last - but in two days we celebrate 37 years of marriage!!! I just love this guy and I know my mom did too. Sometimes I think she loved Ron more than she loved me but that is for another time.
~ my mom taught me to make her gumbo recipe (not the typical seafood or chicken gumbo you hear about from Louisiana) but her gumbo and every time I make it, I think of happy thoughts of my mom.
~ and she taught me there is nothing better than a York Peppermint Patty, especially delicious when it is wrapped in the colors of Christmas and frozen
(so I may be going to the store later today to get some
York Peppermint Patties and the makings for gumbo)
~ she gave me the gift of enjoying long rides, hey maybe we will do that this afternoon, just go for a ride and see some of this beautiful country we live in.
and so I say "Happy Birthday Mom!" And I really do love you!