Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Happy 90th Birthday to My Mom~

Meet my Mom.... Mary Lee Anderson Hamilton.
Many of my friends have known her for years, some for just awhile.
Me? I've known her all of my life!
Today is her special day. SHE IS 90. March 22, 1927.
A nonagenarian.
Can you imagine being 90 years old?
That's 32, 871 days!
That's 788,923 hours!
That's 47,304,000 minutes!
My 3 sisters, Kitty, Nancy, and Judy have known her all of their lives as well! (HAHA). Here are a few photos of the 'girls'... a blast from the past!
Kitty, Nancy, TK, Judy, and flower girl Selena

Dad, Kitty, Nancy, Judy, TK, Mom

Judy, TK, Nancy, Kitty, Dad and Mom

Mom has 4 super-duper son-in-laws --> John, Ron, Grant, and Jim.(Bless their sweet hearts, they've endured/suffered/lived through/withstood/just about everything.... and they keep hanging around!)
John, Ron, Grant, Jim

Mom is blessed with 9 grandchildren---> Walter, Sarah, Lauren, James, Cameron, Carter, Taylor, Kelsey, and Mary Kathryn.

Four of the grandchildren are married. Their spouses are Stephanie, Brian, Andrew, and Jennifer.

Oh, there's more!
She has 5 great-grandchildren---> Ethan, Carson, Landon, Katelyn, and Wyatt.

And she has 1 niece and 2 nephews: Hortense, Craig Jr, Eddie.(OK cousins, go ahead and kill me for posting this, but you have to catch me first!)
Eddie, Kitty, Judy, Hortense, Nancy, TK, Craigie

Pheeeewwww! What a clan! I'm thinking out loud here, that we probably need name tags, birthdates, and email addresses.(Getting this group together is a task, but we manage to do it, BECAUSE IT IS IMPORTANT!)
Mom weathered through weddings, graduations, surgeries, recitals, birthdays, church activities, and holidays with us.(and she didn't get her drivers licence until I was 18! Let that soak in for a minute.) It will always remain a mystery to me, how she managed to juggle the care of so many other family members, as well as my sisters, and Dad #atthesametime. Did I mention her corn pudding, cole slaw, and stuffing could not be beat? She was always in the kitchen, cooking, serving, cooking, serving....."Mom, would you please sit down and eat!"

Mom not only met our physical needs, she taught us to stand on our own, think for ourselves, and be independent. How could we be anything else!
Seriously.... with 4 girls in the family?
My first clue to becoming independent (I am the oldest), and standing on my own, was meeting my younger sister, Judy. It didn't take long for me to realize that I would never be an only child. Then along came Nancy, then Kitty. By that time, it was sink or swim! Mom cared for my paternal grandfather, paternal grandmother, maternal grandmother, and great aunt (residing in our home for designated amounts of time.

Mom was and still is very excited for our successes and accomplishments.
When we failed, it was "Well, what did you learn? Do better, next time!"
"If you can imagine it, you can have it!"
"Be true to yourself."
"It's not a crime to pamper yourself when life gets too stressful."
"If you girls are going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning."
"Keep crying, and I'll give you something to cry about."
"You sit there until all that spinach is gone."
"Wait until your Father gets home!"
I will take the liberty to speak for my sisters Judy, Nancy, and Kitty when I write that Mom has always been there for us.
She lived in her home, and drove her car, until September 2015.
Health issues and safety concerns moved Mom to THE OAKS Assisted Living at Richfield.
She has a beautiful room, has reached out to some new friends, and is making her life the best.
Her eye sight is excellent, and her mind is as sharp as a tact.

For all that you've done and everything that you are,

I'll update the photo below after the big celebration this weekend!.... and keeping fingers crossed that the camera lens will include everyone!

"Her children rise up and call her blessed." Proverbs 31:28

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