Recently, I have been going through thousands of old pictures from my attic. It has been quite an emotional journey since I had never before seen some of these pictures, especially of my mother. If you have read my about me page, you know she was a tremendous influence on my music, even though I don't remember her.
Here is a picture I found of her with me as a baby in the swimming pool. This would have been taken around the time she was first diagnosed with cancer. I can't imagine how she must have felt.
Here is another treasure I found of us four children on Easter Sunday, 1962. (Yes, you could say I was the runt of the litter!) This would have been exactly one month before my mother passed away. I find the broken picket fence in the background quite telling. For me, it symbolizes the brokenness, shattered dreams, and deep holes/gaps that a family experiences after the loss of a parent, especially a mother. It is not only devastatingly huge, but it is also forever. This great loss in my life has had much to do with my spiritual, emotional, and musical journey.
The good news is that God is a great Redeemer! Even though neither of my parents lived to see their grandchildren, they have been blessed with seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, and one on the way! (update: as of 12/2017 make that eight with 3 on the way)!. Some of our family members gathered at the farm over Easter weekend to celebrate the youngest great-grandchild's first birthday!
My mother, quite the gardener, planted these and many more azaleas around the yard more than 65 years ago. They are still beautiful today! Here is a brief video clip of our time together…same porch…same azaleas…so many years later.
Truly a picture of God’s Amazing Grace!
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