May you stay forever young!

img_2232Tonight we are going to sleep in a treehouse in Santa Cruz, California. It was a birthday trip for my Mom as today is her 77th birthday.

As we wrapped up a very good day, we introduced her to Season 1 of Parenthood. The words to this song seemed like an ideal way to write my Mom’s birthday blog.

May God bless and keep you always
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others
And let others do for you
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung
May you stay forever young
May you stay forever young
My Mom has been amazing at doing for others. img_0996But I also have come to appreciate that she is willing to let others do for her. One thing that was spoken at the graveside of my Dad as we remembered together was that at Papa and Beppe’s house, there was always room for one more. So many have been touched by her doing for others. I am so grateful for how she has learned to give and receive.
My Mom is not flashy and prefers if the attention is not coming her way, One thing I know from her story is this; she has learned that about building a ladder to the stars and climbing on every rung. The rungs have looked different over the years: choosing and paying for her own Christian Education in High School, navigating life with 4 young children with a Husband who was serving his first Church in Salt Lake City, pursuing a career in her early 40’s and building Eastown Financial with her young son in law who was newer to the field. She continues to climb on every rung, living life to the fullest, even during difficult seasons.
courage
May you grow up to be righteous
May you grow up to be true
May you always know the truth
And see the light surrounding you
May you always be courageous
Stand upright and be strong
May you stay forever young
May you stay forever young
My Mom knows the truth and embraces the light surrounding her. Her favorite verse is Micah 6:8. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love img_1426mercy and to walk humbly with your God. I can confidently say that she strives to live this and does so in the most humble of ways. I have known my Mom to be courageous over the years, but perhaps nothing demonstrates more courage than her putting one foot in front of the other and living on after my Dad died. I am so grateful for how she lives with courage and strength. 
May your hands always be busy
May your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of changes shift
May your heart always be joyful
May your song always be sung
And may you stay forever young
May you stay forever young
My Mom’s hands know busy and over the years her feet have been swift. She loves to be 
img_0935home and yet will continue to go where her presence is desired. She shows up and lives present and that is such a gift to us all!
Her foundation is strong and the winds of change have shifted, but she continues to be joyful, even when tears fall, and she continues to sing the song of God’s Faithfulness in her story, in the story of the years she and my Dad shared and in our family story. She has kept on singing!
Happy Birthday to you Mom. You are 77 years young. Your heart is tender and engaging, your desire for more for you and for us is inspiring. My heart is full as I get to live life alongside you.
img_1615I admire your honesty! You continue to put words to what is real and what is hard, and you continue to offer yourself to others in such good ways. I know you are aware of how age shapes and changes you, how you ache for Dad’s presence, and how you know that life is not meant to last forever, but until that time, may you stay forever young!

With all my love,
Trish