It was a very active, full life, and eventually she and her husband moved to Arizona where they were semiretired for several years and then fully retired. Her husband of over 50 years passed away, and she moved to Wisconsin to live by her oldest daughter, where she remains today.
This Iowa farm wife is my mom, and she gave birth to me 57 years ago today. I visited with her on the phone this morning, and it is hard to hear how much more the Alzheimer's has taken from her, although she still remembers her children and likes to hear about her great grandchildren. She was having a sad day today, as winter there has been cold with lots of snow, and she doesn't get out much. But we had a nice visit, talking about what it was like to raise 5 kids on the farm, and I thanked her for giving birth to me. I don't get to see her very often, and I am so thankful that my dear sister and her husband take such good care of her.
So today I like to say "Happy Birth Day" to my mom, Doris, for giving birth to
me and for the life she and my dad provided for me and my siblings.
Ours was a complex family relationship, as many families are, with many happy and
many difficult times together, but God saw fit to put us all together,
and I am very thankful for that. I am also thankful for the past few years that
He has allowed grace in our relationships,so that we may have these
years together with love, forgiveness and gratefulness for each other.
Alzheimer's may steal memories, but it cannot rob us of family and love.