Today, September 25, 2011, is a special day for me. It marks the _ _ st anniversary of my birthday! Therefore, I WILL rejoice and be glad in it!
This was an unusual birthday for me, as it has just struck me that this is the very first birthday in my life where neither of my parents were with me. Well, there may have been other birthdays that they could not attend due to the fact that I was living too far away for them to visit...but today is the first birthday that both of my parents are in heaven. Actually, I think they were with me anyway! I have a feeling they were smiling down from their heavenly home and singing happy birthday to me just like they did every year of my life until God called them home. No matter how far away from home I may have been, they always made a point of calling me on my birthday, usually either early in the morning...or perhaps in the evening when they knew I'd be awake and at home, and they would sing in their precious harmonious fashion:
"Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday dear Pammy! Happy Birthday to you!"
No birthday was complete until I had received that phone call. I'm looking at their picture now, and I can almost hear them singing...
I love this picture of them, taken for their 60th Wedding Anniversary...and probably the last real good picture of them together before my mother passed away a few years later. This is how I will always remember them. I told them back when I helped them pick out this particular pose for their portrait that it had a "heavenly" look, like they were sitting up in the clouds and looking back at us here below...
|My Mom and Dad...Can't you almost hear them singing?|
|My sister Doris and I having a birthday tea party! |
Just like when we were little girls!!
Yes, I must say, "This IS the day the Lord has made; we WILL rejoice and be glad in it!"
Thank you, Lord, for friends and family, both near and far. And especially I thank you for my dear parents, who brought me into this world and gave me such a wonderful, godly heritage, and a true appreciation for my home, family, and my God. I am truly blessed beyond measure. And Lord, if You don't mind, could you give my Mama and Daddy a big hug from me, and tell them how much I love them and miss them? Thank you Jesus. Amen.