"HAPPY THANKSGIVING - this is the last "why I am thankful for you" letter I wrote to my Mom - a time honored tradition to all who sit at our Thanksgiving table....Mom was too weak to be here for Thanksgiving 2011 and then she passed on July 13th 2012......I am thankful for her every day and her love is HUGE.....
My, my, my...............where do I begin? First, I am SO grateful that you are here, this day of Thanksgiving to share and celebrate our family and all the love that abounds. I feel I am living a miracle.
This year certainly has had it’s share of life’s challenges, I am in awe of how brave and strong you are as you faced each one. Your faith continues to inspire me and give me hope as you turned to your God in moments of total despair and in moments of pure joy. As you surrendered to harsh realities you found beauty and understanding and gratitude to balance your world. So often your faith was tested and each and every time, your faith won.
I was privileged to watch you literally come back to life - with laughter and song and appetite and mobility and self care and hopes and dreams - they all re-surfaced like gifts waiting to be opened and appreciated. You unwrapped each one and began to live fully again. Oh Mom - like the moth to the butterfly you have emerged - more beautiful than ever - and that sparkle of blue still shining in your eyes. I truly have witnessed and lived this life-giving miracle that together, you and God created. Hallelujah!
I am forever grateful for your seasoned wisdom, unyielding faith, empowering love, and gentle humor. I love how you love me. I love and enjoy our daily talks and that somehow, being so close to you, completes me. I am forever thankful that you are MY Mom - and that our lives are so lovingly blended in the very best of ways.
I love you Mom, forever, and “thank you”
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