Wednesday, February 4, 2009
~Here is a picture of Mom with myself and 2 of my younger sisters. Our youngest sister was not yet born. Mom was often caring for us while Dad was deployed. Dad did 2 tours in Korea, 2 tours in Vietnam, and numerous times the Army sent him far away for months at a time. I am not sure why my Mom was so unhappy.....from all I remember, know, and have learned, I think there was a lot of unhappiness all her life....and that is a great sorrow, because as I reflect on those of us who loved her,she was rich and blessed beyond all comprehension. ~This verse from Proverbs is so true, "A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones." Proverbs 17:22 ~If you have a chance, look up all scripture that talks about anger, sadness, bitterness and see what the physical ramifications of those attitudes are....pretty startling and so very true. ~My 3 sisters and I are getting together this weekend for a reunion.Coincidentally, this is also the birthday month of both our parents. This will be the first time we all 4 have been together for many years and I can't wait. We will have a blast, my sisters are fun...and we will reflect on good times. I hope time has helped soften some of the memories and that we are able to be thankful for the hard times that have molded us and our families into stronger and better people, because after all, what is the alternative? "In each family a story is playing itself out, and each family's story embodies its hope and despair." Auguste Napier
"Family quarrels have a total bitterness unmatched by others. Yet it sometimes happens that they also have a kind of tang, a pleasantness beneath the unpleasantness, based on the tacit understanding that this is not for keeps; that any limb you climb out on will still be there later for you to climb back." Mignon McLaughlin
~Here's to memories of happy birthdays and fun times , and thankfulness for the family God has given us, because He does not make mistakes and did not accidentally place us in any family or circumstance..but has allowed whatever life has brought us for our benefit and the ability to rise above any situation with His help and providence and cause good to come of it.
Blessings; sisters, good memories, and yes.... my mother