(Due to the nature of today's paper, I enlisted a substitute typist)
La Moyne will be 75 on June 9th.....and is still going (in spite of the recent heart attack and the 30+yrs. of Lupus).
To use the word 'great' to describe her as a wife, mother, gr'mother ('Tutu'), sister and pastor's wife would not be sufficient. She is much more than that!
She has said that she was not a very good student in school, but she gets an A+ in the 'School of Life'.
Truly, her motto is 'Faith in the Faithfulness of God'.
My 'Moyne has many great qualities, but one of the best is that she is a great communicator.
Some of her High School classmates used to tell her that she was a great 'listener'.
As the world seems to be communicating less and less, she continues to listen/communicate and though fatigue slows her down a bit sometimes,
it doesn't seem to stop her.
We've been privileged to have family visiting in our home this week. When they inquired as to what I was writing about this week, they each wanted to write their own thoughts about La Moyne.
La Moyne's only sister, Jamie La Marylis (who was born when La Moyne was 17 yrs. of age) wrote:
When I was growing up, I thought that I wanted to be just like La Moyne.
It wasn't until I grew older that I came to appreciate how impossible that is.
Her strength and dynamism are amazing! She appears to truly enjoy people and life.
She has an ability to embrace all and make him/her feel special and then continues that relationship for years.
She seems to never forget a name, face, nor circumstance.
She has....and continues to....keep abreast of what is going on in the world.
She seemingly never tires....only until recently when her body started complaining of the pace she was keeping.
She has excelled at motherhood. The love and care she extended to our mother and father went above all that could be asked. She has been a champion to each of us when we needed someone. Any need we might have had, she tackled it and she usually won out. Distance was not a problem for her to impact our lives. No matter how far, she still felt a need to protect us and make sure we were happy and safe.
Because of her attributes, I have often wondered who of our family she could most resemble. Since being born later in my family's life, I did not know our Gr'parents.
But I do believe that La Moyne must be a blend of what is best in our family's heritage.
I also knew that I would never be as beautiful physically. She is tall and statuesque with long beautiful legs. I greatly admire how she has cultivated her relationship with Travis and how much he in turn, loves her. They have been blessed with a life-long romance.
To say that she has had an impact on my life is an understatement.
She has been a life-force for me since I was born.
As we age, we tend to forget the early impressionable times in our lives.
But now, looking back on what an incomparable influence she has had on me, I am sorry that I may have taken for granted all that she is. I love her very much.
What a blessing she has been to me as her sister.
Our daughter (Kristin La Moyne) wrote:
I'm sitting here looking at pictures from Hawaii and thought I'd write you a letter.
There are so many things I want to say to you...things that I think all the time, but don't always say.
First and foremost, you are my best friend.
I don't think there are many mother/daughter relationships like ours.
So I know that I am truly blessed.
When I think of all the opportunities I have had to spend quality time with you and Dad as an adult, I can't help but be selfish and wish for more.
I would have to say that my most favorite memories are those spent talking with you. About anything...or nothing at all.
I just enjoy YOU! Who you are to me cannot be adequately described in words - because there are no adequate words. But I will try.
You are the one who:
Gave me life.
Gently washed my hair over the sink and kissed me on the nose.
Dressed me up and made me feel beautiful.
Smiled, and without saying a word, said "I love you".
Asked how school went...and really wanted to hear!
Made me always want to come home after school.
Massaged my feet....and let me sleep with you when I had a headache.
Took me for cherry-limeades after school.
Came to all of my games...even when you didn't feel well.
Stayed up late to talk.
Knew me better than myself.
Watched from the kitchen window above the sink as I played basketball in the backyard. (I loved knowing you were there!)
Listened to me play the piano and made me feel like I was really good.
Offered me the greatest example of a Godly woman.
Always made me feel that I was absolutely the most loved girl on earth.
Held me close when I didn't know if my life was coming to an end.
Was (and is) always excited to hear from me.
Never let your illness get in the way of living and loving!
Loved Dad and us children like no other.
That's just a short list. As we've talked before, life goes by so quickly and I am so grateful for the times we've been given over the past few years. Those moments are what I hold on to and they help me face life.
Who I am today and how I deal with people is due to the example you set for me.
You always made me feel special, unique and loved - I never had to question how you felt for me.
Time was never an issue for you when it came to us kids, as to you there was nothing that could take you away from spending time with us.
We've had the pleasure of having our daughter-in-love Darr and her children up from Houston this week.
Darr (Kyle's wife) wrote:
I am very blessed to be one of the few to be able to call La Moyne, 'Mom'. She is more of a mother than a mother-in-law to me. I am very thankful to have her in my life.
Gr'daughter Hailey and Gr'son Travis wrote:
'Tutu' goes above and beyond the expectations of a grandmother.
She showed us even from when we were young how to be the best person the Lord has planned for us.
In my paper of June 14, 2007, I wrote about La Moyne and her 'Faith in the Faithfulness of God'. This is still my favorite subject and she is the best illustration in life to me.
So 'Happy 75th' La Moyne and may God grant you many, many more!