Monday, October 25, 2010

A Time to Honor

Last weekend was my step mom's 50th birthday. My sis and SIL and I got together to throw her a birthday party. We decided to honor her by reading Proverbs 31 over her in front of many of her friends and family. We chose a frog theme because her life's slogan is "Fully Rely on God". She is an avid speed walker and this verse has sustained her through many tough races. Stacie and her friend, Kim made these cupcakes, I got to help a little too. It was fun!

Diana came into our lives during an extremely difficult time. Without her unconditional love, godly example and encouragement, I shudder to think of where I would have ended up. I think she truly saved my twin sister and I from the disastrous brink we were teetering on. She had the extremely difficult task of raising two teen daughters, scarred from a divorce. It wasn't easy and we didn't make it easy on her. She gave up so much to marry my dad and help raise us. I'll never forget her sacrifice. 

Diana is devoted to her presently 9 grandchildren, loving each of them equally. The adore her in return.

Here are just a few of the guests.

My SIL, sis and I put together a framed scrapbooked collage of pictures of Diana with all her grandchildren. I think she really liked it. It was fun to put together and brought back many memories.

So Diana, happy birthday to an awesome mom, wife and grandma! Blood is not what makes family, it is relationships. Thank you for your love for us all. 

BTW, Can't believe you're half way to 100!

Love and Blessings,
Jackie

15 comments:

Rachel and Family said...

Almost crying. What a special woman.

It sounds like you and Stacie made her day so special, especially reading Proverbs 31 over her. She always seems like such a lovely woman and such a great grandma.

PS. Those green glass dishes (bowl and sauce dishes) are beautiful. Where did you get them??

Amy said...

I love your cupcakes. What a great theme.

That was so nice of you and Stacie to read Proverbs over her. I am so glad that God put her in all of your lives. God Bless her on her birthday.

Have a wonderful day.

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

Sniff, sniff! You couldn't have said it better, Jackie. She has been such a blessing to us and I don't know how I would have turned out without her moral compass steering us in the right direction.

Also, you beat me too it! She is half way to 100! (Family joke)

Thank you for writing this. We love you, Diana!

Catherine said...

You honored Diana very well. She must be so pleased with the two she helped raise!

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Rachel,
I borrowed that carnival glass from my MIL. I thought it went perfectly with the frog theme :)

Mary R. said...

What a wonderful woman and what a tribute to her.

His bondservant said...

What a beautiful tribute to her. How blessed she must have felt to have you all honor her that way. I am sure she feels all the sacrifice was well worth it...especially to see what special women you and your sister have turned out to be!

RaD said...

I saw those cupcakes on your sister's blog, so cute! Love the picture collage. I'm sure she appreciated it too! What a neat post for such a special person

He & Me + 3 said...

That is an awesome post about your step mom. What a nice way to honor her. I'll bet this is something she never forgets. Beautiful. Love the cupcakes too. CUTE

Jenn said...

What a beautiful birthday tribute to your step mom! Sounds like you had a wonderful day!

Camille said...

How WONDERFUL!! Such a lovely tribute Jackie! What fun cupcakes! :) Happy Birthday to Diana! LOL..."half way to 100"...she sounds like a good sport too!

Blessings,
Camille

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Camille,
Yes, half way to "whatever" is our family joke. It started when Stacie and I were 10 years old. I remember trying to get him to let me do something (I must have been obviously too young to do)and I pleaded with him saying, "But Dad, I'm halfway to 20!" Needless to say it didn't work, but now we always say that to each other on our birthdays, LOL.

Camille said...

What a fun tradition Jackie. :) And I just noticed you have a new header photo of your kids...they are lovely!

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Thanks, Camille! It makes me smile every time I see it and reminds me of how very blessed I am :)

Robin said...

Beautiful post. Made me smile!!
Those cupcakes are too cute.

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