I'm missing my mom today. Today would have been Alice's 8oth birthday. She passed away 8 years ago - Memorial Day 2004. I really wish she were here so I could celebrate her birthday with her. She loved birthdays. I could always count on Mom calling me at 6:45 am on the dot every May 19th, because that was my "birth moment." I still feel the pain of the missed phone call every birthday.
I'm thinking today that there are lots of things Mom would have loved had she been able to live long enough to see it.
- Mom would have LOVED seeing Riley and Delaney grow up. Those are my sister Kimberly's children and Mom was pretty partial to them!
- Mom would have loved watching my kids have kids. She got to see Jennifer and Jonathan get married, but she would have been so amazed that we already have 6 grandchildren. I have NO DOUBT that she would have already started, if not finished, a photo album for each of them!
- Mom would have loved to meet and know Tim and David, the special men in my younger daughters' lives. I'm sure she would have had things to say to each of them.
- She would have LOVED Bethany's wedding, David's wedding and Jillian's wedding. Mom would have been thrilled that one son (Todd) got to walk Bethany down the aisle and the other son (me) marry her granddaughter off. She would have loved that again with Jillian's wedding - except that the two sons got to swap places. And the trip to Boston to see the Davery (the family name for David and Avery) wedding? She would have been SO all over that... not to mention the first class airfare with Kimberly!
- I think Mom would have REALLY LIKED Facebook. I already mentioned that she was the best photo album maker I've ever met. Facebook was meant for Alice. Somehow I think there must be a Facebook in Heaven because I think Mom would sign in every day!
- I think Mom would have loved watching me become a pastor. I was ordained after she had already passed away. I know it would have meant a lot for her to see me preach. I have no doubt that she would have listened to every podcast and would have had a comment to every blog post.
- Finally, Mom would have had not a few choice words for the NCAA over the loss of OSU head coach Jim Tressel. She was a heart attack waiting to happen whenever she watched the Buckeyes play football. The 2002 National Championship game was a special day for her!
Today I'm thinking "pink," Mom's favorite color. Wish you could be here! Love you! Mark