She came into our lives when we were recovering from the loss of our mother.
Truthfully, she'd been in our lives for years...as our mom's best friend.
But, in the days, weeks, and months that followed, she was a constant support, and a faithful friend, to my Dad. When God allowed them to find love with each other, we were excited and thankful. Besides my Mom, I cannot imagine anyone being a better match for my Dad than Clara.
She embraced all of us, even tho she has a large and loving family of her own.
For most of our kids, she's the grandmother they know and will remember.
You know, life doesn't always turn out like we plan, and we don't always get to end our days with great healthy and mental clarity...and then slip quietly into Heaven.
Sometimes there's a lot of hard and a lot of struggle.
That's kind of where things are right now, because Clara has gone from being a wife, companion, and friend...to being a caregiver.
I don't know if my Dad will remember to acknowledge Clara's special day.
I'm pretty sure he will not be able to thank her for the tender and diligent way she is caring for him...but Happy Birthday, Clara!
Thank you for everything you do to help our Dad! We love you!
"Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:18