Friday, May 9, 2008


Twenty years ago this coming Sunday I was standing quietly at the back of our little church at the end of the service. It was a hard day for me - as were most Mother's Days. I didn't want to talk to anyone. I just wanted to go home. A sweet, little Jamaican lady who was a member of the church at that time came up to give me a hug. She whispered in my ear "next year, you will be spending Mother's Day with your son". I just stared at her. She didn't understand. I'd been wishing, hoping, praying for a child for ten years and had given up hope. Besides that, my marriage was on the rocks. There was just no way I'd be spending Mother's Day or any other day with my son next year.

Nineteen years ago today at 8:31 AM an absolutely beautiful 7lb 10 1/2oz baby boy made his entrance into the world. Ninteen years ago this coming Sunday . . . . I spent Mother's Day with my son.



elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Happy Birthday to Ryan! Happy Birthday to his mother who knows first hand the gracious hand of her God who moved on her behalf and brought her this most sacred treasure!

Be blessed, Liz, in your mothering and in your faith journey. Some of the best mothering you will ever do, happens this day and into the next.

PS: Love the Jim Brickman music!


Kathy said...

Oh my! That is such a precious story, I have tears in my eyes right now! Happy birthday Ryan.

Utah Grammie said...

Awww.... what a wonderful post! I'm so happy you ran into that woman - maybe she planted a seed in your heart. Good for her and good for you!
Happy Birthday to Ryan! You must be very proud! Good to see you back. Now I must go and read your yesterday's post!

Grace said...

Congratulations! Oh, sometimes, women just know...and other times I believe Angels may whisper in their ears....
Such a sweet anniversary!

Adrienne said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful story. My heart understands completely - I've been there, too. And our sons and daughters are even a bit more special because we have no doubt that they are gifts from the hand of God to us. Happy birthday, Ryan! ~Adrienne~

Pen Pen said...

What a beautiful story! Happy Birthday to your blessing, Ryan! Isn't God wonderful?