Our Mother received Mother’s Day flowers early this year… She was surely born with a smile on her face, we are not alone in this observance- ‘Always had a smile on her face.’ The most common refrain.
She was always beautiful, delightful, happy, funny- incredibly talented and truly loved by so many. She loved her home in Alabama, she loved her church, her community and she loved her family- imagine! Five grandchildren, five great grandchildren- why, that is double grace. In the Scripture she loved so well- Five is representative of Grace. I like to think those grandchildren were the Grace Notes of her life!
Her life wasn’t always easy, yet she lived with love, grace, peace and joy. She stepped into Heaven’s Balcony along with the others who have gone on before us, watching those of us who remain- as we ‘run the race set before us’. I know this- Mother ran Life’s Race and finished well. When her sweet body had worn out, I am convinced that the Lord called forth His Strongest, most Beautiful Angel and said ‘Go get Betty, bring her Home to Me.’ With a heavenly escort, Mother slipped the bonds of earth- up thru the stars, the galaxies and the heavenlies- the Angel delivered Mother into the Loving Arms of our Savior. She will be missed. She will not soon be forgotten.
Mother loved flowers- she received Mother’s Day flowers early this year- surrounded by her family and so many friends. To honor Mother, a favorite part of the yard here at the Cottage- which is filled with my grandmother’s Spiderwort, Hostas along with ferns and big blue Mophead Hydrangeas- Mother loved that part of the garden, so it will be re-worked and dedicated to her. Sorrow and gardening tends to bring me to my knees. Hopefully, in the succeeding years, when the flowers bloom- memories of Mother and my Grandmother will return every Spring..
May she rest in peace. Alongside others we have loved and lost, I hope Mother enjoys her seat in Heaven’s Balcony, no doubt she is still smiling.
‘Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses who have gone on before us, let us run with patient endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our Faith’.
Love y’all, Camellia
*all photographs belong to the Camellia’s Cottage Community- we are thankful for all of the blessings and acts of service, love and kindness afforded to our family during this time. Scripture is from Hebrews 12:1-2
Betty Holmes Watts 1929-2017