My Mom Jane just had a birthday and is a young, vibrant 74 years old!
We get together every year to celebrate at the park along Canandaigua Lake.....praying that the weather will hold out since her day is at the end of September! And we always take a picture of ourselves together.....this one was taken by me at arm's length....pretty good, huh? It always makes us laugh trying to get it right, which is always great for the picture!
This year it was sunny but very windy...not too cold to be out but we needed a few layers.
We usually chat and walk along the shore and chat and sit on the benches and chat about what is going on in our lives...spiritually and everyday family things. I bring the lunch and a tablecloth and Jane brings a game to play. And we always pray together before we part for the day.
This year our lunch was the fabulous Chicken Avocado Salad that I posted the recipe for here, the zucchini bread I posted about here and the apple crisp I wrote about last Fall here! (I am just realizing as I am writing this that I have posted about all of our lunch items because they are so great tasting and I make them a lot!) We were half done before I remembered to take a picture! For dessert I brought a treat from Dunkin' Donuts....an apple fritter and a pumpkin muffin.....yum!
The best part of this Mother/Daughter get together is that we're really not. Mother and Daughter, that is.
I met Jane at a real estate office about 16 years ago, where she was an agent and I was the office secretary. We grew to know each other and love each other and she became like a mother to me and I like a daughter to her.
I do not have a relationship with my birth mother and although I kinda don't know what I've missed not having her, the Lord knew. He gave me Jane as my spiritual mother and we have been mother and daughter ever since. Jane has two grown sons but no daughter, so I am one of her spiritual daughters...she is blessed with two!
We have fooled people into thinking we are really mother and daughter and some have said we look alike. We both love a lot of the same things....horses, gardens, a good recipe, a great deal at a thrift shop and a walk in the park. She stood by me through my many years of migraine headaches and cancelled dates and I will always be there through her physical trials. We are sisters in Christ, friends for life and mother and daughter spiritually.
The Lord knew what each of us needed and provided it. I would love to live closer to see Mom Jane more but our times together are that much sweeter the way it is now.
I love you Mom Jane and I thank you Lord everyday for her!