Today would have been her birthday. She died 2 years ago. I would love to do an entire post on her, but as strange as it sounds, I don't feel like I really knew her until after her death. She and my Dad had been married almost 60 years and died 3 months apart. It was a hard season in my life to say the least. My Mom did not live a happy life. Her journals are a vivid portrait of her life. I will just leave it at that. But what a treasure she left us. She journaled everyday for at least 30 years and I have most of those journals. Some are heart breaking, some are hurtful but they are all brutally honest. I never felt like my Mom liked me...loved me yes, but liked me, NO. I found treasures in those journals that told me different. And strangely enough those that I thought she loved so much, she had real issues with. I have read the journals over and over. Her words were beautiful and her love for her grandchildren was so evident. When she could not say it, she could write it. She would have LOVED BLOGGING. She loved to write and this would have been a great way for her to make friends. Maybe that's the reason I finally made the JUMP into the BLOG WORLD. I want my kids to have our lives documented in written word...I want them to know how much I love them. So today, I say thanks Mom for leaving me your words. In many ways, they healed my heart.
By the time I post this it will be Valentines Day. I have been the queen to a man for 37 years and not a day goes by that he does not express that. I know that is not the norm, but how I thank God for giving me a man that knows how to express love. Jack Powell, you are one in a million!
This is the week that my ONE YEAR BLOG ANNIVERSARY BEGINS. Last week I ordered some Beth Moore CD's and one of them is
INSIGHTS ON MARRIAGE, a great talk she gave recently at Focus on the Family. I listened to the CD last night and it is one of my favorites. So that is my first giveaway of the week. All you have to do is make a comment on this post..That's it. I will draw Monday night. I want to put lots of gifts in the mail next week and bless many of my new friends. You have made this year so much richer.
We had a REAL SNOW WEEK here, so I had two little boys spending lots of time with me....Enjoy a few pictures of my HEART!
THE BEST BIG BROTHER EVER
JACK CALLING HIS MOM TO TATTLE ON ME