This post, is from my mom.
The day after I returned to NYC, I woke up to find this beautiful letter from my mom waiting for me in my inbox.
She asked me to put in on the blog.
And I’m going to be honest, I’m getting anxiety hives thinking about pressing “publish” because…I don’t like writing positive things about myself. But I’m fulfilling the wishes of my mother.
So without further ado….
“Well,this is it. This is the time I’ve been waiting for.
Time to say thanks to my biggest helper and supporter during the last 5 months since my stroke.
Now that you’re back to your life in NYC, it’s time to thank you: Caralyn!
My life has CHANGED! Since my stroke on Dec. 27th, I’ve had to learn how to talk, follow conversation, and ask questions. It’s been hard.
But I have to say, that you, Caralyn have been the most significant helper, loving helper, cheerful and goofy helper, and Christ-Centered helper that I could have been blessed with.
So over the past five months, not only has MY life changed, but YOUR life changed, Caralyn. Especially you. When I had my stroke, you were home for Christmas. We were all out having dinner with friends when it happened. You were right by my side that night and from then on. You gave up your job, moved home and cared for your confused mom.
Everyday, you put a smile on your face and led me out the door to workout. You let me drive everywhere, to get used to….everything! You made delicious meals, made sure we had the ingredients to make everything. You had questions that you’d thought about, which you’d ask me on our daily walks, to get me talking about things that I held important. Your character is what I will always remember about these past five months. It’s remarkable. And appreciated.
You’re always positive! Always purposeful!
You spent many evenings with me as I sat on the couch, not being able to say much. But having you there made things joyful.
You know, I think you’re beautiful. And I hope you know how grateful I am. Saying “Thank you” doesn’t seem like enough!
Thanks for helping me get my speech back.
Thanks for making the meals and cleaning the kitchen.
Thanks for doing the grocery shopping.
Thanks for taking me to all my speech therapy appointments.
Thanks for going clothes shopping with me.
Thanks for taking walks with me and working out.
Thanks for spending long hours and doing nothing with me.
And mostly, thanks for just being you. God is amazing how he’s given us this incredible time to grow together in appreciation of health, well being, speech, but most of all, in appreciation of each other.
This has been an incredible journey that I’ve shared with my best friend; you. Thanks for being here, and being you, Care. I love you.
Mom, thank you. I wish I could put into words the depth of love I have for you in my heart. You are my mom and my best friend and I thank God for you every day.
Reading this, I don’t feel I deserve these glowing words, as I was only doing what you have done for me every day of my life.
This chapter is not closing. It is no where near “finished.” And if I’m being really honest, I’d say that it is, in fact, only just beginning.
God has a way of using the pain and trials of our lives, and using them for good. Transforming the hurt into something beautiful. Something healing. Something that can be given away to others.
And I am waiting with baited breath to see how God will use this in your life. Because you’ve never been afraid to give. That’s one of the most beautiful things about you.
We are never stagnant. Never sinking, but always growing. Evolving. Progressing. Some seasons, that growth is more obvious than others. But for you, it has been contagious.
As you’ve healed, that peace and strength has permeated everyone around you, myself included.
You are the catalyst. You are the change agent.
It is the Spirit in you.
Your stroke may have changed some things, but in my eyes, the only thing it has changed is it has heightened your power to move people. Resonate Christ’s love within their hearts.
You shine now, more than ever.
I love you, mom.
Shine on, mama. Shine on.
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