A Mother’s Note.

Last year on my birthday, my mother wrote a short paragraph and I posted it on the blog.
This year, she came up with another note to post so I would have the day off  from blogging.
So with “sweating eyes” I typed it out and am posting now. I love my mother. I love my family.
And this, is what I’m thankful for.

Today Larissa is turning eighteen.

From the bottom of my heart I want to thank God, the Creator, for giving us Larissa. 
 Every year as Victor and then Larissa’s birthday nears, my mind begins to wander back through memory lane. I remember the day of their birth, their first tooth, their first words (which were never a problem for Larissa. When she was two she could speak all day, asking questions or just talking. Sometimes I could still hear her voice in my head at night while trying to fall asleep.) 
 Today I want to share this little moment that happened when Larissa was around three years old. My husband was leaving home on one of his missionary trips; we knelt down to pray (we always pray together before he leaves); when we finished praying, Larissa was drying her eyes with her hands. Before I could say anything, she said “My eyes are sweating.” She was trying to be strong for us even though she was sad that her Daddy was going away. 
 Today is a very special day in your life, Larissa. I want to thank you for being who you are, for persevering, for fighting for your goals I know many times with “sweating eyes”. Thank you for the eighteen years of happiness you’ve brought to our home.
 My wish for you is that the Lord fulfill in your life the purpose He has for you.
Happy Birthday!
Brazil 2012

26 thoughts on “A Mother’s Note.

  1. Tamara Tipton November 23, 2012 / 6:35 pm

    sweating eyes….very sweet! I found you through NaBloPoMo, and I'm glad I did. I'll be back!

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  2. Purple Dreamer November 23, 2012 / 6:37 pm

    Sweating eyes…. I echo what Tamara said! What a clever thing to say as a 3 year old, and something that this adult will remember! Happy Birthday Larissa!

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  3. Tara Adams November 23, 2012 / 6:48 pm

    This is so touching. I can imagine how proud your mother must be of the intelligent, mature and thoughtful young woman I have met through your writing.

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  4. Winnie November 23, 2012 / 7:00 pm

    Happy 18th birthday Larissa! What a loving post your mom wrote. You are a blessing to all those you touch in your life. I wish you much happiness and love and may your eyes sweat with happiness often.

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  5. Noel November 23, 2012 / 7:04 pm

    Happy Birthday! Hug your mom. Hug your family. Cherish every day!

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  6. Emma-lee November 23, 2012 / 11:22 pm

    Happy Birthday Larissa! I hope this Year is full of Blessings <3

    ~Emma-lee

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  7. Jewels November 24, 2012 / 12:15 am

    I've decided that we celebrate our children's birthdays and give them gifts in recognition of the gift they are to us.
    Happy Birthday, Larissa.

    (Mom, you look more like her sister.)

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  8. Loki-Lou November 24, 2012 / 1:49 pm

    Awww….I read this with “sweating eyes” 🙂

    Happy Birthday hunni! x

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  9. Beckey November 24, 2012 / 3:43 pm

    Happy Birthday Larissa! Your mother's post made my eyes sweat too! :0)

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  10. FabTwigs November 24, 2012 / 4:22 pm

    Happy Birthday Larissa! What a beautiful note your mom wrote to you! 😉

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  11. Larissa T. November 24, 2012 / 10:05 pm

    Thank you Tamara! I'm glad you did too. 🙂

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  12. Larissa T. November 24, 2012 / 10:06 pm

    Thank you, Tara. Thank you for your kind words.

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  13. Larissa T. November 24, 2012 / 10:09 pm

    Thank you, Jewels. I think that's the perfect way to celebrate. 🙂 Haha .. Thanks! (:

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  14. Word Nerd November 24, 2012 / 10:23 pm

    What a wonderful post! Lucky you to have such a kind and thoughtful mother and lucky her to have you!

    Happy birthday, Larissa!

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  15. Marie Bulatao November 25, 2012 / 7:46 am

    Happy Birthday, sweetie. A beautiful letter from your mom…(really touched me)

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  16. Tiffanie December 4, 2012 / 7:43 am

    How beautiful, Larissa, and how beautiful it is to be a mother to a girl. I hope you had a really wonderful birthday! xoxo

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  17. Larissa T. December 5, 2012 / 7:27 pm

    I know. I am truly lucky and blessed. 🙂

    Thank you Word Nerd!

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  18. Larissa T. December 5, 2012 / 7:29 pm

    I did Tiff, I really did. 🙂 Thank you!

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