Since my husband's birthday falls on Valentine's Day, I usually write an ode to him on the big day. However, this year, I am writing about another "True Love" of mine.
This year, I am honoring my dear mother-in-law who is having a very big birthday this month. So, Trudie, will you be my Valentine this year???
I usually use red for Valentine's Day, because pink does not suit my husband. However, this Valentine's table is all "girl", so pink is the color of the day.
I found a photo of my mother-in-law in pink, so it is perfect for this tribute!
I have had the privilege of knowing this incredible woman, since I was fourteen years old. We have shared many joys, as well as many sorrows. I have been awed by her talents. She is an unbelievably creative cook and seamstress - she used to sew clothes that looked exactly like the newest ones in the stores. She usually sewed at night, after working all day and finishing her household duties at home. She is extremely smart, too - she still remembers everything, when the rest of us cannot! She is beautiful - she has gorgeous skin and lovely green eyes, which she has passed down to my husband, our daughter and one of our granddaughters. Here is a photo of all of them together a couple of years ago. Three of them have February birthdays, too!
We have celebrated many of those birthdays together. Here are four of the years. It is funny to see how my dining room has changed through the years - first wallpaper, then red paint and, finally, Modern Masters metallic paint.
I guess what I am trying to convey to all of you dear readers is that - she is a very hard act to follow!!!! She is loving and kind and we all adore her. She is dedicated to her faith and we all laugh, when we really need a special prayer. We ask her to pray for us, because we are convinced that she has a direct line to God.
She always tries to make everyone in her family feel special. She knows how much I love coffee and whenever I arrive at her home, she immediately fixes coffee for me. Trudie, here is coffee for you - won't we have fun drinking it and catching up?
I made birthday cake, too. It will not be as good, as one of your cakes, but I tried! Since we are celebrating Valentine's Day, I used hearts and cherubs for the decorations.
She has been a wonderful Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother to her family. Her children honor her and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren love her without reserve.
Trudie loves to laugh and have fun and we have enjoyed many adventures together. In 2002, my husband and I treated her to her first airplane ride and a trip to Williamsburg, VA, where she had always wanted to visit.
Here we are in front of the Governor's Palace. Trudie was having a problem with a bone spur in her foot, while we were there. Did it stop her for one single minute? Absolutely, not! She was a trooper and walked everywhere and saw everything and did not complain for a single minute. I would have been whining all day!!
We took her to a live show, while we were visiting and the star performer fell madly in love with Trudie and took her on stage to serenade her. Can you blame him - she is totally adorable!
So, Trudie come and join me - you are definitely the guest of honor at my table this Valentine's Day. I love and respect you and cannot ever repay for all that you have done for me and my family.
This is my favorite photo of you with my husband and late father-in-law. You look like you know a secret that the rest of us need to discover. I think it is a secret about how to live a happy, faithful and healthy (did I mention that she still walks on the treadmill every day??) life. I just wish that I could learn all of what that secret holds.
I cannot wait to see you this week-end and celebrate that "big number" with you. I would share that number with you, dear readers, but you would never believe it!!!
Happy Birthday, Trudie - you absolutely have my heart!!!
Your blessed daughter-in-law,