As I read about the virtuous woman in Proverbs 31, it is my mother that comes to mind. For her, beauty was not about outward appearances...but came from within. She was generous, kind and hospitable. She worked tirelessly from morning until night...with a strength that never seemed to fade. Everyone was welcome in her home...there was always room for one more at the table. She was a wonderful homemaker...and skilled with her hands. She sewed, knit and crocheted for all of us...and turned out needlepoint pictures that were works of art. She spent her life giving...with hardly a thought for herself. Even in the last few hours of her life, she reminded us that she had prepared a lot of food...we should be sure to cook the cabbage rolls and the pies that were in the freezer. Always thinking of others...always giving to us...and sometimes with hardly a word of thanks in return!
She left us far too soon...and with little warning! In July 2000 she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer...and three weeks later she was gone.
There have been so many moments since then that I would have loved to share with her. I wish I could thank her today for all she meant to me...I miss her dearly, but know she's in a better place.
My mother-in-law was also a wonderful example to me of a godly mother and grandmother. The was no better grandma in all the world than she was to my children...and that is a priceless treasure! We counted on her prayers...and in her later years she said that although there were many things she could no longer do, she could still pray.
She also went on to her heavenly reward in year 2000...within a few months, I had lost two 'moms'.
I am so thankful for the example of my mother...and my mother-in-law...and for their investment in my life.
And now I am the mother...and the mother-in-law...and the grandmother...and for those roles I am truly thankful. My prayer is that I will be a blessing in the lives of my children and grandchildren!