Friday, March 5, 2010

~FingerPrint Friday~

There's a song by Stephen Curtis Chapman that goes:

I can see the fingerprints of God

When I look at you.

I can see the fingerprints of God

And I know it's true.

You're a masterpiece

That all creation quietly applauds

And you're covered with the fingerprints of God.

I see God’s Fingerprints whenever I look at my Mom. All over her. He’s with her on this horrific journey through alzheimer’s. It’s comforting to know she’s not alone.

Today, for my birthday, I’m taking her roses, with this letter:

It’s my birthday, Mom. Thank you for giving birth to me. Thank you for being such a good mother. You taught me so well. I am proud of the kind of mother I am to my boys. And it’s all because of you.

Thank you for all the sacrifices you made. For all the late nights you stayed up sewing ‘special’ outfits for me to wear to school the next day. Thank you for doing people’s alterations late into the night to pay for Girl Scout fees, skating lessons, piano lessons. Your ‘sewing lessons’ helped me create and sell my Ragamuffin dolls. They helped put two boys through college. Thank you for that, Mom. Thank you for teaching me that all things are possible with hard work and determination.

Thank you for teaching me the importance of family.

I pray that you know how much it all means to me.

I love you, Mom.



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Lindsay Thomas said...

Beautiful. You're right, He is with her every second of this journey she's on. What an awesome God.

Vicki said...

Happy Birthday! This is such a loving and beautifully written tribute to your very special mother. I know how hard it is to lose our mothers and how it is especially hard to lose them before they leave here to go home. Lifting you both up in prayer.

artsyclay said...

Aww, what a sweet letter and such beautiful roses! Happy Birthday blessings to you!

Rosebud Collection said...

What a beautiful fingerprint..I think it is so hard to see a parent with Alziheimers..even though, I think God protects them .
Happy Birthday to you..

Lanny said...

What an excellent thing you did for your birthday. Early in my life one of the best things my dad offered to me was the idea to celebrate my mother on my birthday, to always take her flowers. Well I did, every August, I would bring her a mother's day card and flowers or a live plant. And on my thirty-sixth birthday I took her one last plant. We knew she would not make it to see another one of my birthdays and we had a good time remembering our life together that day. That was fifteen years ago. I miss her like it was yesterday. And I wish to still take her flowers.

How precious is our life when we know just how much our mothers gave of theirs to give us ours. That is indeed love born of God.

Sara said...

so sweet :)
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Kat said...

I have a lump in my throat so big that I can't swallow.

I'm sure you know I know all about having a parent with Alzheimer's. It is so hard. So hard. But do know that your mom is still there. She is inside there somewhere. And she will hear you.

Beki - TheRustedChain said...

God bless you!

Jude said...

What a beautiful thing to do and it sounds like you have so many loving memories of her and that's a great thing. I am so sorry that she is losing those wonderful memories herself, but yes I'm sure God's hand is right their guiding her. Take care and I hope you had a Happy birthday.

Sniffles and Smiles said...

So beautiful, Carol!!! Both the photograph and your words are so lovely!! And I know you will bring her great happiness despite the Alzheimer' you so very much! Janine XO

sandy said...

This was very hard for me to read, with tears in my eyes; as I remember my own mother who passed almost a year ago after a horrible long journey of hospital stays, painful surgeries, and stays in rehab centers.

This is beautiful, and so heart felt. I do hope a glimmer came when she read your words of love; if not know how meaningful they are just the same.

Too often people shy aware from saying the things they feel in their heart, and then it's too late. I am blessed in that we were able to tell Mom how special she was before her time came; but the end was so long and painful it was not what any of us wanted for her. Just as you wish your Mother wasn't going through this private little world.

Happy Birthday to you, what a testimony to the great lady your mother is.


Anna said...

Happy birthday. Your letter is so beautiful that I can't find words to explain how I felt reading it. It is very difficult seeing a parent with alzheimer's. I'm sure God is with her, and I hope for God to be with you and help you handle this.