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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Happy Birthday Mammaw

                                              My Mammaw, Ida Elizabeth Martin Culberson
                                                                          1914-1994

Happy Birthday to one of the most influential people in my life. Mammaw would have been 98 today.  She was known as ElizAbeth, Liz, Lizzie or whatever.  She was so so sweet.  She was a fantastic cook, although not a healthy cook per se.  She was a GREAT listener.  I am blessed to be named after her (and my other grandmother).  She put up with a BUNCH of stuff she shouldn't have but did it with grace.  LOTS of grace and love.  Her boys (and family) rose up and called her blessed.  We had a terrific surprise 80th birthday for her,  18 years ago.  She was CLUELESS.  She was SO surprised and all she could stay was "ya'll are all stankers.......you all stink!"  It was adorable!  All her boys was there but one.  So many memories made.  We also did a surprise birthday for sweet Aunt Reva Culberson.  She was like a grandmother to us and my dad looked up to Uncle Joe like a father figure.  My heart is happy that she was in my life, but grieved that she's not with us here on earth anymore.  I miss so much about her.  I miss her seeing the boys growing up and seeing what Godly young men they are.  I miss that she gets to see my middle son, who was named after her daddy (a promise I made her before she died).  There are many things I don't miss that she would see and many things that have hit the fan since her death, but what a Godly woman.  I hope that one day my children will look upon me like her.  I only wish and hope to be an ounce of a mother, mentor and wife like she was........man I miss you like crazy.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAMMAW!  ENJOY YOUR CELEBRATION IN HEAVEN!

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