Friday, July 3, 2009

Tribute to a Caregiver -- Happy Birthday, Mom

Today is my mother's birthday. I have always loved her and admired her, and I've been lucky enough that we've always gotten along. But, now, more than ever I am so appreciative of ALL that she does. She truly amazes me. In the last 3 months, she has gone from being my mother and my kids' grandma, to being a live-in care-giver for me and second mom to my kids. When my dad and husband were at the hospital with me, she was at my house, cooking, cleaning and taking care of my family, because I couldn't.

It is hard to realize that I can't take care of my family and home the way I once could, but my mom has been absolutely wonderful in doing what needs to be done. She doesn't act like it is a burden, but that it is a priviledge to be able to do what she can to help. She helps me push myself, without "pushing" too hard or being too protective. She listens to me when I cry, complain and feel frustrated with myself. She cuddles my kids when they cry, cooks the meals, does the laundry, cleans the house, goes to the grocery store and generally runs everything...and I contribute a little here and there as I can. Yet, she praises me for each of my "little" accomplishments and allows me time to rest when I am tired from making my bed and dusting my room. How can I express thanks for all of this??? I can't, I've tried, but words are not sufficient.

The life of a caregiver is harder than that of those being cared for and I am soooo grateful for the "caregivers" in my life. My husband and mom are truly amazing.

So, Happy Birthday, Mom. I love you. I am grateful for you and all you have done for my family. Wish I could be with you today on your special day, but know that I will be with you in spirit!


wjmom said...

Thank heaven for mommies! Thank you, Sister Orgill, for taking such good care of this beautiful family. And for giving the world this beautiful woman! You are a gift to all of us!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Sherrie! You are amazing and so is your daughter. What an example to us young moms of what it is like to always be there for your children. Being a mom is the greatest blessing in life. Thanks for all you have done for Jodi and for the rest of us. Love, Annette

Diane said...

Happy Birthday, Aunt Sherri! You are wonderful! Love, Diane

Anonymous said...

I know your mom must be great !First I have seen such awsome service coming from such a loving mom but even more she raised such a spectacular daughter. Happy Birthday,Sherrie, I know this must be a special birthday for you, first being able to be so interactive with your grandkids, plus the miracles surrounding your daughters recover. Family are truly a peice of heaven on earth. Thanks to both of the orgill women for being examples of true christian women. Love, Joyce R

Carolyn said...

Aloha! Happy Birthday to you are an AMAZING Wife, Mom & Grandma to your family! Thank you for all the wonderful care, love, and support you have given Jodi, her family, and your family, too. I am happy things are going well for everyone. Have a Happy 4th of July!!

Carolyn & family

Pam said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SHERRI! I always wondered who was taking care of the children, Jodi and Tolan's home, the endless details of family life, providiing continuity for the children, in addition to being at the hospital with Jodi.

So it was you. And it continues to be you. You are remarkable in every sense of the word, and I'll bet you don't even see that. The rest of us do. Your dedication is a model--maybe THE model--to me.

I celebrate you today, Sherri, and wish you the realization that you may not be like the rest of us. You may outshine us all.

Debbie Rhoads said...

Happy Birthday Sherri! What a blessing you are to your family. It truely amazes me to see all you have done for your family through all this. You are such a loving dedicated mother. Something I hope to be. This can't be easy for you, but now I know where Jodi gets all of her strength, caring, and compassion. What a neat mother you are. Jodi has always talked very highly of you. Now I know why. Thanks for being there for her, and being a great example to the rest of us!

Anonymous said...

Dear Jodi:

I have been following your blog all this time, but have not written, as I have been without words lately....My extended family has had some tragedy befall us and I just havent had the "words" to write............but please know that I am still thinking of you, read your blog daily and look forward to sharing some intimate moments with you. God Bless! Cindy Taylor

Anonymous said...

Happy Always, Sherri! So grateful for the opportunity to know and love you. I feel grateful to you for your witness and example of selfless love. I sing your praises and express love to YOU and for YOU!

Thank YOU, Jodi for your tribute. Continued prayer and love to YOU!!!

Leslie M.

Anonymous said...

Please give your Mom a big hug and a late Happy Birthday from me. I hope there are many more wonderful ones. She is truly an amazing woman. It seems to run in your family. I am grateful for the influence you both have had in my life. Sheree

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Sherri! I Love YOU. I know it is after your birthday, but I just wanted you to know how much I admire you. You are a wonderful Mom and friend. I hope to see you soon. The tribute that Jodi gave you is great. I could not help but cry through it all.
Love you tons. Sue D.
Thanks Jodi for sharing that tribute to your Mom.