My mom left all she knew in Michigan when she married my dad and they moved to Germany. Imagine living in a foreign country when you hadn’t really been out of the state very much….not being about to call your mom while you are pregnant due to long distance phone costs and snail mail being your only avenue of communication and it took weeks to get back and forth over the ocean. No cell phones, no social media, no email….no computers. When we first moved to Okinawa, it was harder to communicate at first, but nothing like that. That was a big leap of faith for my mom to take with my dad. She continued it for nearly 30 years of service to the U.S. Army…three kids and moving every 2-3 years to another location. Through it all, my mom volunteered her time teaching English as a second language to military spouses….doing secretarial work at several of the churches we belonged to along the way….and as a Stephen Minister, ministering to those suffering in the silence of the world who needed someone to talk to. She has been quite the role model for my 50 years of existence and I love her dearly. The last thing you want to do is to worry your mom…and I know that my illness has done that to her. No one should have to watch a child of theirs suffer. However, I hope to have many more happy memories with my parents while I am still able. I love you Mom, and I thank you for all your sacrifices for us kids growing up. Thanks also for being such a great Grandma to our kids! Happy Mother’s Day!
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I am a Catholic wife, mom, daughter, sister, and friend. I have travelled the world...living in 4 countries and visiting over 40 on 6 different continents. I live in Nebraska and hope to retire in Montana. My home photo of me was taken in Copenhagen, Denmark. View all posts by cyndiloumess