Sunday, February 21, 2010

I hope I never forget

When Alzheimer's disease is in the family, it's easy to panic when things are forgotten. My doctor told me it's normal to forget things especially since I'm over 50. Just the same, I do worry that someday I will follow my mom and be a victim. After spending the day with Natie and Max yesterday, I realized there are some things I hope I never forget.

1. My dad taking me to a high school talent show when I was in fifth grade. He wore a suit; who knows what I had on. But it was just the two of us; I can't remember any other time the two of us did something special like that.

2. My mom telling my dad I was a finalist in the Cherry Queen contest in my hometown. She didn't know I was listening, but she was excited. I think it meant more to her than it did to me.

3. Larry.

4. Mandy's first day of Master's Commission. She was so excited, but I cried during the entire church service because of this new stage in her life. I was proud of her and knew that great things would happen to her; I just wasn't ready to admit she was ready for life outside our home.

5. The woman of faith Jenny has grown into and how she is molding her life to be more and more like Jesus.

6. The fun mom Julie has become. She doesn't clean house or cook like I do, but she has made being a mom an art I don't think I ever accomplished. I can't even describe what it's like to watch her with Natie and Max.

7. Watching Shane work with his dogs. Even one of our neighbors commented on the skill he has. Knowing that he takes such good care of these three furry people assures me that he has a lot of love in his heart for Mandy as well.

8. The way Randy looked at Jenny on their wedding day. I never saw love in anyone's eyes like I did with Randy. I will always be thankful for that.

9. Travis and the daddy that he is. One evening I had supper ready for him when he came to pick up Natie. She had played with a tiny tea set all afternoon; and while he sat at the table eating his supper, she poured him tea. I watched him pick up that little cup with his big farmer hands and drink the tea. She said "this is the best tea party I ever had." I loved that he was so patient with her and participated.

10. Natie and Max. Any gramma can bore you with the stories of her little people, and I'm no different. I wish I could remember every tiny detail about them.

I have a good life.


Angie's Corner said...

I just love the person you are Marylou<3 I hope I never forget what a great friend and kind person you are. I feel priveledged to be able to call you a sister in Christ. Love you:o)

Linda Stubbs said...

This was a precious post. I also loved the pictures of you bowls and plates. It gave me peace to just to look at it.
Thank you for coming over and giving me encouragement! You are a sweetie. I really liked the strawberry also. It was so easy to make.

Blessings and hugs, Linda

Mandi @ Sweetly Home said...

Mom, this post made my cry - in a good way. Thank you for writing it. I love you.

The imPerfect Housewife said...

I absolutely LOVE this post!! I was looking through MORE old slides of my mom and I get so teary eyed because I see things that I had completely forgotten about. I'm glad you took the time to write down these special things. ♥

Sewn With Grace said...

Thank you for your kind words on my blog today. I'm praying for you that God will preserve those special memories deep into your being to be pulled out and cherished over and over. Have a blessed day today!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful post Mary, and a good reminder that it is the simple day to day events in our lives, that are the most important.

Barb said...

What a very special blog truly are a blessing in my life and I know you bless many lives! Thank you for sharing your thoughts, and making me realize how very special things are in my life too! I had promised to adopt the life of *simplify* and I have once again allowed things to hurry into my life! Have a wonderful week Mary!

Sue said...

What a sweet, sweet post, Mary. So much to be thankful for and such a good reminder to never forget the things that truly matter in life.


The Old Parsonage said...

Oh Mary

This post gave me goosebumps. I hope that you never forget and that God gives you many more cherished memories!


At Home With Amy said...

How sweet Mary. What precious memories you have shared with us. So simple but so endearing to our lives.
Bless you friend,

Unknown said...

What a sweet post; it's a reminder to all of us about what's really important in our life.

Blessings to you Mary

Sara said...

Mary, that was a very powerful post. I do believe you are very blessed...and I hope that you will be able to cherish these memories forever!