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On Day 11, I shared A Reflection of “What motivates me to not give up?” conveying how each feature inspires me. But I would be remised if I did not share one other “feature” that is also full of inspiration, which would be my mother~
You see, my mother is pretty amazing! She eloped at 15, had a baby girl at 16, and another at 19, and right before she turned 21, she went and did it again. But, at 29 years of age with 3 girls deposited at their grandma’s (her mother), she delivered the one and only male-child.
Not having a high school diploma didn’t stop her. She completed her GED, passed the Civil Service Test, and was hired at our small hometown Post Office as the Clerk on Saturday mornings, all the while helping my dad’s dream come true of having his own business, a lumber yard. Several years later, my mom graduated to Post-Master.
Life was hard. There were many ups and downs. But my mother never gave up and she still wears a beautiful smile at 74 years of age.
Today is her wedding anniversary spending the last two alone (after 57 years of celebrating anniversaries). My dad left this life April 2, 2015.
She certainly deserves to be pampered – and I’m sure my brother and sisters are doing a great job. I haven’t lived near her for many years now, but thankfully someone is always making sure I get down to Louisiana for a visit. One such visit is coming up next month—my mouth is watering for some wonderful Louisiana seafood! Get Ready, Mom~
We sing, “By Faith,” at Colonial Baptist Church, words by Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty. It truly is an inspiration as we belt out (Rodney especially belts when he sings):
By faith we see the hand of God
In the light of creation’s grand design
In the lives of those who prove His faithfulness
Who walk by faith and not by sight
We will stand as children of the promise
We will fix our eyes on Him our soul’s reward
Till the race is finished and the work is done
We’ll walk by faith and not by sight
Thanks, Mom, for walking by faith and not by sight!