Today is Granny Whitaker’s big day. And, y’all know the drill. If your birthday falls on a Wednesday, guess what top ten’s for you?
She’s actually here with us this week helping with the kids, while Scott and I visit many ‘o doctor. So, it’s a special treat to celebrate the big day today, in person!
There are many things I admire about my mother-in-law. Most especially this one…she gave life, nurtured, loved and cared for the love of my life so that earns instant respect. Granny, we hope you have a great day…even if it is spent referreeing fights, changing diapers and reading books for the billionth time 🙂
TOP TEN: THINGS I ADMIRE ABOUT MY MIL
1. Her organization skills. Hey, from one Type A to another Type A, we never butt heads on “over-organizing.”
2. Her knowledge of gardening. Last year (or was it the year before? my brain has forgotten) she became a Master Gardener. Anytime Scott has a question about what to plant, or when to prune something, guess who we call? Her yard is always immaculate and she takes great pride in doing it herself. It shows.
3. That she always thinks her grandkids are the cutest, most well-behaved kids. A mom likes to hear that, right?
4. How much she enjoys being with said cute, well-behaved grandkids. She always does her best to trek to Dallas or Austin for their big events, which they totally dig.
5. How much she worries about her boys – even though they’re married with kids now – she still worries. I suppose I’ll do the same thing 🙂
6. Her attention to the details. Carla always remembers the little things.
7. Her diligence in taking her boys to Mass and RE classes every week. That effort allowed my husband to meet some amazing teachers of the faith and has affected him in unimaginable ways…largely, that he is a very faithful, devout father who loves God.
8. How much she loves her family. We all have different love languages and Carla’s most certainly is gift giving. The one that shows just how much is when she gives her gift of time to all those family members’ cemetery plots in and around Bowie. They are pristine and well cared for because Carla gives of herself.
9. That she’s a doer. Some people yak, yak, yak (and she’s pretty good at conversation with a fence post), but Carla gets things done. When folks ask her to do something, you can consider it done – and not just done, but done right.
And, the one that I truly admire most…
10. Her gift of care-taking. For many years she was the primary caretaker of her husband, Poppy. Carla never complained. She was always looking for a way to make his life easier. And, I’m sure the emotional toll that it took was greater than I can possibly imagine. She lived that whole “in sickness and in health” vow. Weaker folks would’ve walked away or crumbled, but she did not. When I had my back surgery, Carla was here, sharing her gift yet again. I’ve come to realize what an amazing gift that really is…and I’m thankful that she shares it freely with her family.
HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRANNY!