Mama.... we have a great relationship - and you have been a wonderful Mother-in-law to me. There are times when I think of picking up the phone and calling you to tell you something funny, and I have to remember, I can't call - you have moved away! Funny how sometimes I forget that! Remember all the Saturday afternoon phone calls we had together sharing what we both felt about this and that. And how you would give me sage advice, always so wisely clothed in 'other women's ideas', so your advice to me would never be awkward. We both knew what you were doing, and it just made our relationship sweeter in respect.
Remember the time I sent you a huge bouquet on your big event - when you had your first Women's Conference, and I called you to see how it was going? And your words to me were so special. I have never forgotten them. All those thousands of women attending your Event, but you were mad because I wasn't there! How "this was all my idea and now I am not there to see it all happening"! We laughed and cried together and I was so happy and proud for you. It meant everything to the two of us.....that all the dreaming and planning we did ....... happened!
Remember when we would spend time at your house - cooking together and once you took me by the shoulders and told me, 'don't worry about what other's think, just be true to your heart and be what God tells you to become.' Your words gave me the assurance I needed right then. Thanks again Mom! I still love you for that!!
Wish I could send you some more roses right now in your Biggest Event Ever. But somehow I can't find the address to get them personally delivered to you. But I do want to tell you that I am still wearing your shoes, and still have some of the dresses you gave to me. And yes I still have the silk roses from your kitchen - they are in my kitchen. And you would be so proud of your grand-daughter if you could see her. And your Great Grand Children are incredible. Wait till you see them!!!
Every now and then it sure would be nice to see you. But rest assured one day I will come to see you! In the meantime - enjoy one of your fabulous days in Paradise. Don't worry about coming here for a visit - your World is so much better than anything here. Round here it's still so very busy, no real time to rest. There are still all the human elements to deal with, along with dirt and accidents and mistakes. Don't give this place another thought. When it's time.... we will come your way.
I love you Mom, and appreciate all the training you gave to me. The administrative skills, and the ability to smoothly continue on while everything may seem to be going the wrong way. Thanks for your notes and the gift of teaching you gave to me. I use the organizational business savvy in our ministry everyday. And thanks for teaching me courage to be what God wants me to be!
The last time we held hands and you gave me a secret kiss goodbye, I have to tell you that your fingerprints are still here with me and the mantle of blessing from your hands to mine, is invaluable and priceless. Your training in me still echos from time to time in different arenas, and I know you and I would share a smile if you saw it all. The older I get, your mantle is starting to fit me better, I love you for passing it on to me. You were my Naomi and I was your Ruth!
Mom...... enjoy some Heaven for me your daughter in law, someday my moments in time will turn into Eternity too, and we will be together again!