Today marks an Anniversary. The day my Mother died of brain cancer.
Yes, she died last year, on Mother's Day.
We all knew when the diagnosis came about the tumor, even she did, what would most likely happen.
But I won't reflect on her death, as I know it's something we will all deal with one day. I will reflect upon her life this year.
My mom was passionate about people treating each other with respect, regardless of their personal belief's. She was always fair, almost to a fault.
She became a good friend, and although we had our differences, her heart was always in the right place.
She moved several states away from me, and our phone calls became a weekly and sometimes a monthly event - but I looked forward to talking with her about what was going on in each others lives.
I had the fortunate opportunity to visit with her about a month or so before she passed. And based upon
my faith, I am comforted in knowing that she's just gone ahead of me and I will see her again one day.
I was honored when she asked me to visit an elderly blind neighbor, and read scripture to her. It meant a lot to my Mom when I did that, and it meant a lot to me as well. It was an acknowledgement of someones faith, and an encouragement to keep believing.
Although my mom wasn't one to preach verbally her faith, she lived it.
The quote "Preach the gospel at all times, and if necessary, use words." was something I can honestly say she practiced... whether she realized it or not.
As she was a person who planned every aspect of her life as much as she could, and as stubborn as she could be, she fought and held on - making peace with friends and family.
Her last day was Mother's Day, 2014. Just a year ago. Leave it to her to make Mother's Day even more special.
Not long afterward I found this text from her when cleaning up my phone. I saw it before, but it served as a reminder that she loved me.
I still keep that text, and made a screenshot of it.
It serves to remind me that although she might not be available for a phone call or a visit, I know she's still near.
Happy Mother's Day, three words that now make me realize how important having a Mom truly is.