Appreciating Your Mom

JackieThey always say that “you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone”. We all know what that feels like.

How many of us have told their mother how much we appreciate her…how much we love her? Not enough. We take it for granted that she will always be around. So untrue.

My mother had to raise me single-handedly, my father died when I was young. She wasn’t perfect, but she did the absolute best that she could with 6 children.

My mother taught me so many things, but the #1 thing that she taught me is “to take responsibility for every action you take”.

She knew how to love, to appreciate, to give, and she was organized…always.

I’ve learned so much from her, but the one thing that I appreciate more than anything is her will to live. Not just to live, but to “LIVE”. She knows how to have fun no matter what obstacle that’s been thrown in her way. She Loves life, even with cancer eating her alive as I write this blog, she pretends like its “a walk in the park”. This woman is suffering!!! She’s having trouble getting just one breath into her lungs, but she makes it look easy. She’s a true warrior.  I asked her why she has no self pity, she answered, “I don’t have time for pity and this disease is evil. I will not allow it to affect my life”. But, the cancer “is” affecting her life. She can’t walk and can hardly eat. But she makes it look easy and I know why. She has “Peace”, she’s ready for life after death, and she’s ready for GOD in Heaven.

As I look back in my life, I’ve had so many struggles, but compared to my mom, it doesn’t even come close!!!!! So, for my mom, I’m gonna live my life the way she did…with love, compassion, forgiveness, and a will to give and help others. I only pray that I can be half the parent my mom was.

I love you Mom. GOD has a place for you, and I’m sure it’s going to be the greatest place you’ve ever known.

Until we meet again!!!


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